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Covid-19 cases cross 1 lakh globally

Agencies Bangkok | Updated on March 06, 2020

Crossing more borders, the new coronavirus hit a milestone Friday, infecting more than 100,000 people worldwide as it wove itself deeper into the daily lives of millions, infecting the powerful, the unprotected poor and the vast masses in between.

The virus, which has killed nearly 3,400 people, edged into more and more US states, popped up in at least four new countries and even breached the halls of the Vatican.

It forced mosques in Iran and beyond to halt weekly Muslim prayers. It brought Israeli and Palestinian authorities together to block pilgrims from Jesus’ birthplace in Bethlehem. And it upended Japan’s plans for the Olympic torch parade.

The 100,000 figure of global infections is largely symbolic but dwarfs other major outbreaks in recent decades.

SARS, MERS and Ebola affected far fewer people but had higher mortality rates.

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Published on March 06, 2020
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