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The COVID-19 has claimed over 7900 lives globally with most of the deaths caused by the virus in mainland China. Italy has been second hard hit country after China where close to 2000 people have been killed by the virus so far.

Johns Hopkins University, which is tracking cases reported by the World Health Organization and additional sources, puts the total number of cases worldwide at more than 198,000, with at least 7,900 deaths.

The White House Office of Management and Budget submitted an emergency funding request to the US Congress tonight for an additional $45.8 billion in the face of a pandemic.

The sweeping request for new funds and statutory authority came on the same day the Trump administration presented a $1 trillion stimulus proposal on Capitol Hill.

“With the pandemic growing, resource needs have also grown,” Russell Vought, the acting OMB director, wrote in a letter attached to the 118 page request that was sent to lawmakers late Tuesday night.

Globally, 1,98000 people have been tested positive for the COVID-19 so far.

The US has also advised people not to gather in groups. The number of cases in the US passed 4400 with at least 86 fatalities. In Europe, millions are under lock down to halt the virus whereas educational institutions have been closed across virus affected countries to halt its spread.

Iran’s Health Ministry on Sunday reported another 113 deaths, the biggest single-day jump in fatalities. That brings the country’s total death toll to 724, with nearly 14,000 confirmed cases, one of the worst outbreaks outside China.

“If the trend continues, there will not be enough capacity,” Ali Reza Zali, who is leading the campaign against the outbreak, was quoted as saying by the state-run IRNA news agency.

Iran is believed to have around 110,000 hospital beds, including 30,000 in the capital, Tehran. Authorities have pledged to set up mobile clinics as needed.

Pakistan has so far confirmed 237 cases of corona virus. Most of the cases have been confirmed in Sindh province. In Sindh, most of the people who had returned from Pak-Iran border Taftan have been tested positive for the COVID-19. Increasing cases of novel corona virus have sent alarm bells across the country in general Balochistan in particular.

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