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2 Apr, 2020 10:01

Covid-19 deaths in Belgium top 1,000 as worldwide cases approach one million

Covid-19 deaths in Belgium top 1,000 as worldwide cases approach one million

Belgium’s death toll from the Covid-19 virus has topped 1,000, officials have confirmed, with 183 new deaths in the last 24 hours.

As of April 2, Belgium, which has a population of 11.4 million, has recorded more than 15,300 cases of the coronavirus infection. 

Health officials in the country said earlier this week that a 12-year-old girl infected with Covid-19 had died of the illness, noting that such a young fatality is a "very rare occurrence."

Belgium is one of many countries in Europe on an almost total lockdown to battle the coronavirus crisis. Belgians are only allowed to leave their homes to buy essentials like food, to help others in need, or for health-related reasons.

Confirmed cases of the disease approached one million worldwide, according to a tally from Johns Hopkins University.

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