Coronavirus: Global death toll crosses 21,000

The global death toll due to the novel coronavirus on has crossed the 21,000 mark and number of confirmed cases worldwide soared past 450,000, reported news agency 'AFP'. 

In order to control the spread of the virus, more than three billion people have been placed under lockdown.

However, World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said that lockdowns will not be enough to eradicate the coronavirus pandemic from the world.

“To slow the spread of COVID-19, many countries introduced ‘lockdown’ measures. But on their own, these measures will not extinguish epidemics. We call on all countries to use this time to attack the novel coronavirus. You have created a second window of opportunity,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a daily briefing.