What have been the worst pandemics and epidemics in history?
In five months, the Covid-19 pandemic has claimed 153,793 lives globally. But the world has suffered other deadlier pandemics, epidemics and plagues through history.
Speaking recently, Microsoft founder Bill Gates explained that the world could have got itself ready for a global pandemic, but failed to do so.
Global coronavirus figures at 09:30 CEST
Here is a selection of the latest coronavirus figures, correct at 09:30 CEST, according to the Johns Hopkins University live tracker
Spain: 190,839 cases; 20,002 deaths
UK: 109,769 cases; 14,607 deaths
US: 706,779 cases; 37,079 deaths
Italy: 172,434 cases; 22,745 deaths
China: 83,784 cases; 4,636 deaths
Germany: 141,397 cases; 4,352 deaths
France: 149,130 cases; 18,703 deaths
Canada: 32,857 cases; 1,356 deaths
Australia: 6,547 cases; 67 deaths
India: 14,425 cases; 488 deaths
Nigeria: 493 cases; 17 deaths
World: 2,249,717 cases; 154,271 deaths
No new fatalities confirmed in China
China has reported that on Friday, 27 new coronavirus cases were confirmed, of which 17 were linked to foreign travel. No new fatalities were recorded.
Coronavirus: others will revise death tolls like China, World Health Organisation says https://t.co/xYzPvv3xpm
— SCMP News (@SCMPNews) April 17, 2020
Which countries have applied measures like stimulus checks and how much?
UK, United States, Spain, Germany, France, Turkey and more countries have announced stimulus packages in an effort to stave off economic and social collapse.
Covid 19 vaccine situation
The World Health Organization says 70 vaccines against the coronavirus are currently in the works, with three now being tested on humans.