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Coronavirus death toll passes 10,000 globally

The cases of infection around the world has risen to more than 245,000 with over 88,000 recoveries.

This photo taken on 17 February 2020 shows a member of the medical staff (L) checking the body temperature of a patient who has displayed mild symptoms of the COVID-19 coronavirus, at an exhibition centre converted into a hospital in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - The global coronavirus (COVID-19) death toll has passed a grim milestone of 10,000 of Friday.

The cases of infection around the world have risen to more than 245,000 with over 88,000 recoveries.

In South Africa alone, there are 150 confirmed cases but government is warning the number is expected to spike later on.

ITALY OVERTAKES CHINA WITH MOST VIRUS DEATHS

Italy surpassed China on Thursday as the country with the most deaths from coronavirus as California, home to more than 39 million people, was placed under lockdown in the most drastic containment measure yet by a US state.

President Donald Trump said, meanwhile, that the United States is fast-tracking antimalarial drugs for use as a treatment and lashed out at China for not informing the world earlier about the original outbreak.

China for its part, reported on Friday a second day with no new domestic cases since the virus appeared in the central city of Wuhan in December, before spreading worldwide.

While there was a glimmer of hope in China, several nations tightened their borders and imposed lockdowns, trapping tens of millions of people in their homes.

And the UN chief warned "millions" could die if the virus spreads unchecked around the globe.

World leaders also unleashed nearly a trillion dollars to prop up the teetering global economy, only to see the once-in-a-century pandemic seemingly spiral further out of control.

To track the latest developments around the coronavirus both in South Africa and abroad, click on this live status report from Strategix.

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)