Global coronavirus death toll surpasses 20,000


MADRID: The coronavirus pandemic has claimed more than 20,000 live worldwide as governments stepped up their efforts against the disease. As the number of confirmed cases worldwide soared past 450,000, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned that only a concerted global effort could stop the spread of the virus. In Spain, the number of fatalities surpassed those of China, where the novel coronavirus first emerged three months ago, making it the hardest-hit nation after Italy.