COVID-19 cases pass ten million globally

COVID-19 cases pass ten million globally

Data compiled by the statistics website Worldometer shows global infections surpassed 10 million as of Sunday. United States deaths now exceed 125,000, approximately one-quarter the world total of nearly 499,000. Despite the high number of cases, countries have started lifting their lockdowns making disruptive adjustments to work and social spaces that could last for a year or until a vaccine is found.

The United States of America continues to be the hardest-hit country, with 2,510 million cases, followed by Brazil at 1,313 million and Russian Federation at 633 thousand.

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On the other hand, the number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. topped 2.5 million, reaching 2,500,419, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

Infections are also up in some other parts of the world that have reopened, with Europe now registering over 2.6 million, according to the AFP tally based on official sources. So far, Britain has not targeted a specific region for a lockdown.

Of the roughly 175,000 new cases per day over the past few days, 100,000 (almost 60%) are coming from just the US, Brazil and India.

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The two countries accounted for over a third of all new cases in the past week.

Infections are also running higher in India, where densely populated cities have been particularly hard hit, although a nationwide lockdown is gradually being eased. There are at least 2,510,323 coronavirus cases and 125,539 deaths from the disease in the country. Total infections are at 5,09,000, with more than 15,600 deaths.

In the Middle East, the governor of Bethlehem announced that the Palestinian city would temporarily close due to rising infections.

The country set a daily record on Saturday with 18,500 new cases and 385 deaths.

On Saturday the "Sunshine State" notched 9,585 cases in 24 hours, a new daily record.

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