Wednesday, 20 January, 2021

Worldwide, COVID-19 Cases Surpass 10 Million and Keep Increasing

People wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walk by a decoration outside a shopping mall in Beijing Sunday People wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walk by a decoration outside a shopping mall in Beijing Sunday
Deanna Wagner | 29 June, 2020, 17:02

The US remains the worst-hit country with over 2.5 million infections, while its death toll exceeds 125,500.

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 true death toll and number of cases is believed to be higher, due to differing testing rates and cause of death definitions, delays in reporting and suspected underreporting.

Overall, the U.S. has the highest death rate with 128,000 fatalities and more than 2.5 million cases - roughly twice that of Brazil, which has the second-highest number of deaths at 57,000.

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

New York, once the epicentre of the pandemic in the USA, is now "on the exact opposite end", Governor Andrew Cuomo said, with the state reporting just five new deaths on Saturday, its lowest number since mid-March. German authorities renewed a lockdown in a western region of about 500,000 people after about 1,300 slaughterhouse workers tested positive.

Over 10 million coronavirus cases registered worldwide: AFP tally
U.S. deaths now exceed 125,000, approximately one-quarter the world total of nearly 499,000. The US continues to be the country with the highest number of infections and fatalities.

In just five months, the number of people who have died with COVID-19 has overtaken the number of people who die every year from malaria - one of the most deadly infectious diseases.

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 two countries accounted for over a third of all new cases in the past week, according to a Reuters tally.

Brazil is also seeing a rapid surge in cases with the number of daily confirmed cases topping 30-thousand.

In India, densely populated cities have been particularly hard hit.

The disease also continues to rampage through Latin America, with Peru topping 9,000 deaths on Saturday.

No new deaths were reported Monday, leaving the total at 4,634 among 83,512 confirmed cases of COVID-19.