Global COVID-19 cases exceed 8 million, Beijing reports coronavirus resurgence
Coronavirus keeps raging around the world. More than 124,000 new COVID-19 cases and more than 3,400 new coronavirus-linked deaths were reported globally in the last 24 hours. To date, reported cases of COVID-19 infection in 188 countries exceed eight million.
The United States remain the hardest-hit country in the global pandemic with the highest number of COVID-19 cases. The novel coronavirus infected more than 2.11 million people in the U.S. Most cases were recorded in Alabama, Oklahoma, Florida and South Carolina. More than 40,000 new coronavirus cases were registered in the U.S. over the past weekend alone.
Experts explain the significant growth rate of coronavirus infection by crowds of people. They think that the relaxation of certain quarantine restrictions in the U.S. caused a real walking boom in parks, public gardens and local beaches. Experts also say that the increased COVID-19 testing may account for the rising number of coronavirus cases. However, another possible reason for increasing rates of coronavirus infections in the country is mass protests against racism and police brutality that continue across the U.S. states.
The number of COVID-19 cases continues to grow in the largest country of South America – Brazil. The country’s death toll also increases exponentially. The COVID-19 infected more than 888,000 people and killed more than 43,000 patients in Brazil. More than 472,300 coronavirus patients in the country reported to have recovered.
North America and South America remain the main epicenter of the global pandemic. Peru is close to Italy in terms of the number of COVID-19 cases. To date, there are 232,992 confirmed coronavirus cases in Peru and 237,290 in Italy. Chile and Mexico are also keeping high infection rates.
Russia remains the third worst-hit country in the pandemic. To date, there are more than 537,000 coronavirus cases in Russia. The COVID-19 death toll stands at 7,091. More than 284,500 coronavirus patients in the country reported to have recovered.
Despite the fact that China recently stated that it stopped the spread of the coronavirus infection in the country, there were 46 new COVID-19 cases registered in China in the last 24 hours. The new coronavirus cases were linked to the Xinfadi seafood wholesale market in Beijing. Coronavirus was detected on chopping boards used to handle salmon. The market was immediately closed and its employees were sent to take the COVID-19 test. Supermarkets across Beijing removed all salmon from their shelves as a precaution. The city authorities locked down 10 residential communities around the market to contain the spread of infection.
Other restrictions were also introduced in Beijing. The city residents are now prohibited to travel outside Beijing by taxi or on passing cars. In addition, the Chinese government introduced a requirement for strict monitoring of people who are either from areas considered at high risk or who came into contact with the infected people. They should not leave the Chinese capital in order to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus infection. Otherwise, they must immediately notify the local authorities.
The global COVID-19 death toll stands at 436,901. Nearly 4.2 million global coronavirus patients reported to have recovered.