New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: With the world battling hard to find a vaccine for the dreadful coronavirus, the global death from the novel infection crossed the 3 lakh mark on Friday with over 4.42 million cases of the virus while almost 1.58 million people have been cured, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

The United States (US) continues to be the worst-hit country in the world with over 14,00,000 coronavirus cases and more than 85,500 deaths. The US is followed by United Kingdom (UK) which has reported 33,614 deaths while Spain and Italy have reported 27,321 and 31,368 fatalities from the virus so far.

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* This comes a day after the World Health Organisation warned that coronavirus may become “another endemic virus and may never go away”. Dr Michael Ryan, executive director of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme, said that just like the HIV has never gone away, there’s no clue as to when the vile coronavirus will disappear.

* “We have a new virus entering the human population for the first time, and therefore it is very hard to predict when we will prevail over it. I think it's important to put this on the table: this virus may become just another endemic virus in our communities and this virus may never go away,” Ryan said.

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* The United Nations (UN) has also warned that the coronavirus pandemic is increasing “psychological suffering” and could lead to a potential global spike in suicides and drug abuse, urging world to do much more to protect all those facing mounting mental pressures.

* “Mental health is at the core of our humanity. It enables us to lead rich and fulfilling lives and to participate in our communities. But the COVID-19 virus is not only attacking our physical health; it is also increasing psychological suffering,” UN chief Antonio Guterres said.

* Meanwhile, the authorities in China have decided to test all the 11 million residents of Wuhan, the place where the dreadful virus originated, in the next 10 days after new cases sparked fears of a second wave of the virus attack.

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* The category of key clusters includes COVID-19 patients, silent carriers, suspected cases, patients with fever, and all close contacts of the above.

* “We need to stay alert and put in place measures for regular epidemic response to resolutely prevent new outbreaks,” said National Health Commission (NHC) spokesperson Song Shuli.

* In India, the deadly virus has affected more than 78,000 people and claimed the lives of over 2,500 while over 26,000 have been cured and discharged from hospitals, as per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

(With inputs from agencies)

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