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Fatalities from coronavirus globally stand 3,62,798

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Fatalities from coronavirus globally stood 3,62,798 with total cases 59,38,970 in 210 countries and territories while recovered 26,05,586, according to worldometer.
Total fatalities from coronavirus in the United States stood 1,03,345 with total cases 17,68,868.
More than 2 million New Yorkers had been infected with Covid-19 by the end of March - about 10 times the official count, according to a new study.
State data, however, shows only about 189,000 cases by the end of March. That means about 1.8 million cases potentially went undetected.
Why cases may have been undercounted: There are several reasons why those cases were not detected, said study coauthor David Holtgrave, dean of the School of Public Health at the University at Albany.
Some infected people may have had no symptoms, or only mild symptoms, and so never went to the doctor, Holtgrave said. Others might have wanted to get tested but couldn't find a doctor to test them, given the shortage of tests in February and March.
In the study, researchers drew blood from more than 15,000 New York adults and found that about 14%, or 1 out of 7, had antibodies to the virus, which means they had previously been infected. The researchers extrapolated that number to the entire population.
On herd immunity: While the 14% infection rate was higher than previously thought, it's still not high enough to confer herd immunity, Holtgrave said.
Is the damage caused by the lockdown worse than the virus itself? That's a question raised by some world leaders and commentators who claim that economic and social hardship caused by strict coronavirus restrictions places a heavier burden on society than the death rate caused by the disease.
These lockdown skeptics point to the tens of millions of US jobs lost in an economic downturn not seen since the Great Depression, the warning by the European Commission of a recession of "historic proportions" and the Bank of England's fear that the British economy is facing its worst crash in three centuries.
Deaths from the COVID-19 epidemic in Italy climbed by 70 on Thursday,
against 117 the day before, the Civil Protection Agency said, while the daily tally of new cases edged up to 593 from 584 on Wednesday.
The total death toll since the outbreak came to light on Feb. 21 now stands at 33,142, the agency said, the third highest in the world after those of the United States and Britain.
The number of confirmed cases amounts to 231,732, the sixth highest global tally behind those of the United States, Russia, Spain, Britain and Brazil.
People registered as currently carrying the illness fell to 47,986 from 50,966 the day before.
There were 489 people in intensive care on Thursday, down from 505 on Wednesday, maintaining a long-running decline. Of those originally infected, 150,604 were declared recovered against 147,101 a day earlier.
The agency said 2.330 million people have so far been tested for the virus against 2.291 million as of Wednesday, out of a population of around 60 million.
Spain's Valencia region will progress to the next phase of a gradual exit from one of Europe's strictest lockdowns, Health Minister Salvador Illa said on Thursday, as the country's coronavirus death toll rose by just one for the second straight day to 27,119.
Valencia, which is home to important tourism resorts in cities such as Benidorm and Alicante on the East coast, will move to phase 2 of a four-stage easing process, where gatherings of up to 15 people will be allowed and some previous restrictions on movement will be lifted.
"From Monday on around 70% of the (country's) population will be in phase 2 and 30% will be in phase 1," Illa said during a late evening press conference.
Additionally, about 45,000 people living on the islands of La Gomera, La Graciosa and El Hierro in the Canary Islands, and on the island of Formentera on the Balearics, will progress to phase 3, Illa said.

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