Global coronavirus cases top 10 million

Global coronavirus cases top 10 million

A healthcare worker organises COVID-19 tests that were just administered at United Memorial Medical Center COVID-19 testing site in Houston, Texas Thursday, 25 June 2020.

Global coronavirus cases exceeded 10 million on Sunday according to a Reuters tally, marking a major milestone in the spread of the respiratory disease that has so far killed nearly half a million people in seven months.

The World Health Organization (WHO) was first alerted by authorities in China about a string of pneumonia-like cases in Wuhan, a city of 11 million people, on 31 December 2019.

While the overall death rate has flattened in recent weeks, health experts have expressed concerns about record numbers of new cases in countries including the US, India and Brazil, as well as new outbreaks in parts of Asia.

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

In response to a surge in USA cases, California governor Gavin Newsom on Sunday ordered bars in seven counties - an area home to 13.5 million residents - to close.

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After the stabbings, television footage showed the police frogmarching people out of the hotel with their hands above their heads. He tweeted: "Deeply saddened by the awful incident in Glasgow , my thoughts are with all the victims and their families".

Florida's Republican Governor Ron DeSantis has conceded there has been an "explosion" in new cases.

Miami announced beaches would close over the 4 July holiday weekend and bars are also shutting their doors.

Britain's government is pledging to support local officials in the central English city of Leicester amid reports that a spike in COVID-19 cases could prompt authorities to lock the city down.

The milestone comes as many hard-hit countries are easing lockdowns while making extensive alterations to work and social life that could last for a year or more until a vaccine is available.

Several other countries have also imposed new restrictions to counter fresh outbreaks.

The state has embarked on a testing blitz in Melbourne's hotspot suburbs. So far, Britain has not targeted a specific region for a lockdown.

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