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Global COVID-19 Cases Top 10 million As Death Toll Passes 500,000

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The total number of confirmed cases has surpassed 10 million, tracking website Worldometers and Corona Tracker showed.

Global COVID-19 Cases Top 10 million As Death Toll Passes 500,000
Global Cases Top 10 million As Death Toll Passes 500,000

10,086,969 cases have been recorded worldwide with 5,464,271 patients discharged and 501,313 deaths recorded.

The figure is roughly double the number of severe influenza illnesses recorded annually, according to the World Health Organisation.

The milestone will come 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.

Some countries are experiencing a resurgence in infections, leading authorities to partially reinstate lockdowns, in what experts say could be a recurring pattern in the coming months and into 2021.

North America, Latin America and Europe each account for around 25% of cases, while Asia and the Middle East have around 11% and 9% respectively, according to the Reuters tally, which uses government reports.

There have been more than 497,000 fatalities linked to the disease so far, roughly the same as the number of influenza deaths reported annually.

The first cases of the new coronavirus were confirmed on Jan. 10 in Wuhan in China, before infections and fatalities surged in Europe, then the United States, and later Russia.

The pandemic has now entered a new phase, with and battling outbreaks of over 10,000 cases a day, putting a major strain on resources.

The two countries accounted for over a third of all new cases in the past week. Brazil reported a record 54,700 new cases on June 19. Some researchers said the number of deaths in Latin America could rise to over 380,000 by October, from around 100,000 this week.

Adelowo Adegboyega
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