Relatives attend the burial of 57-year-old Paulo Jose da Silva, who died from the new coronavirus, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Relatives attend the burial of 57-year-old Paulo Jose da Silva, who died from the new coronavirus, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Photo: AP
Relatives attend the burial of 57-year-old Paulo Jose da Silva, who died from the new coronavirus, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Global coronavirus cases exceed 10 million

As deaths worldwide near half a million, experts warn that resurgence of infections could be a recurring pattern in the coming months and even well into 2021; U.S., Brazil, Russia and India record over 10,000 daily diagnoses

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Published: 06.28.20 , 09:03
Global coronavirus cases neared 10 million on Sunday according to the latest tally, marking a major milestone in the spread of the respiratory disease that has so far killed almost half a million people in seven months.
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  • The figure is roughly double the number of severe influenza illnesses recorded annually, according to the World Health Organization.
    Relatives attend the burial of 57-year-old Paulo Jose da Silva, who died from the new coronavirus, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Relatives attend the burial of 57-year-old Paulo Jose da Silva, who died from the new coronavirus, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    Relatives attend the burial of 57-year-old Paulo Jose da Silva, who died from the new coronavirus, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    (Photo: AP)
    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.
    People wearing face masks to protect against coronavirus walk an outdoor book market set up in Red Square with a Historical museum in the background in Moscow, Russia People wearing face masks to protect against coronavirus walk an outdoor book market set up in Red Square with a Historical museum in the background in Moscow, Russia
    People wearing face masks to protect against coronavirus walk an outdoor book market set up in Red Square with a Historical museum in the background in Moscow, Russia
    (Photo: AP)
    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 India and Brazil 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 death toll in Latin America could rise to over 380,000 by October, from around 100,000 this week.
    The total number of cases continued to increase at a rate of between 1-2% a day in the past week, down from rates above 10% in March.
    Countries including China, New Zealand and Australia have seen new outbreaks in the past month, despite largely quashing local transmission.
    A member of the military tests a person at a coronavirus test centre in the car park of Chessington World of Adventures, Chessington, Britain A member of the military tests a person at a coronavirus test centre in the car park of Chessington World of Adventures, Chessington, Britain
    A member of the military tests a person at a coronavirus test center in the car park of Chessington World of Adventures, Chessington, Britain
    (Photo: Reuters)
    In Beijing, where hundreds of new cases were linked to an agricultural market, testing capacity has been ramped up to 300,000 a day.
    The United States, which has reported the most cases of any country at more than 2.5 million, managed to slow the spread of the virus in May, only to see it expand in recent weeks to rural areas and other places that were previously unaffected.
    In some countries with limited testing capabilities, case numbers reflect a small proportion of total infections. Roughly half of reported infections are known to have recovered.

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