Global COVID-19 death toll tops 60,000

Global COVID-19 death toll tops 60,000

New York (Agencies): The total number of global fatalities from the coronavirus pandemic soared past 60,000 on Saturday.

As confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States surpassed 300,000 with more than 8,300 deaths, there was some encouraging news in Italy and Spain.

US President Donald Trump has warned of a big spike in coronavirus' deaths in next two weeks.

At the White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing on Saturday, Donald Trump said that domestic flights to hotspots of the coronavirus infection could be restricted.

To a question about the possibility of restricting flights to COVID-19 hotspots in the US, the US president said "We're looking at it very seriously right now, we're dealing with governors, we're dealing with airlines, we're dealing with a lot of different factors, that's a very difficult decision".

Europe continues to bear the brunt of the epidemic, however, accounting for over 45,000 of the worldwide deaths, and Britain reported a new daily high in fatalities.

There are now more than 1.17 million confirmed coronavirus cases around the world and there have been 63,437 deaths since the virus emerged in China late last year.