Coronavirus cases tops 10 million worldwide

Coronavirus cases tops 10 million worldwide
Coronavirus cases have been rising particularly rapidly in Latin America. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: According to Johns Hopkins University in the US, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases around the world has passed the milestone of 10 million.

The first case of the virus was detected in China late last year, and since then, more than 500,000 people have died across the world.

Half of the total global cases have been in the US and Europe, but the infections are now rapidly growing in the Americas.

The virus is also affecting Africa and South Asia, where it is not expected to peak until the end of July.

The virus outbreaks are still spreading in many parts of the world, as one million new cases recorded in the last six days.

The US has reported more than 125,000 deaths with Covid-19 and a total of 2.5 million cases so far – more than any other country.

US states that emerged from lockdown in recent weeks – notably in the south – have been reporting record increases in new infections.

The spike has led officials in Arizona, Florida, Texas and other states to tighten restrictions on business again.

On Saturday morning, the state reported 9,585 coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours. It has set records for new cases almost daily since mid-June.

On Saturday morning, Florida reported 9,585 coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, making the total number is over 132,000 and more than 3,300 people with Covid-19 have died there. It has set records for new cases almost daily since mid-June.

Many other western and southern states have reported record spikes as they moved to reopening and people from other areas poured in in recent weeks.

Last week, Arizona, Florida and Texas put re-opening plans on pause in an effort to tackle the outbreak.

Several countries’ statistics show that people from black and Asian ethnic groups are more likely to be severely affected by the virus than white people.

Brazil has the second-highest number of recorded cases, with a total of 1.3 million, and more than 57,000 people have died in the country.

Despite a wave of new coronavirus cases, authorities of Rio de Janeiro has announced it will allow football stadiums to reopen to fans from 10 July – initially at one-third capacity.

Fresh outbreaks appeared in China too. The country has imposed a strict lockdown near Beijing on Sunday to curb a new outbreak. Nearly half a million people will be barred from travelling in and out of Anxin county in the province of Hebei.

The UK government has said it could impose its first local lockdown following a surge in new cases in the English city of Leicester. UK recorded the greatest number of deaths in Western Europe.