As coronavirus rages around the world, India becomes third worst-hit nation and Trump wears mask in public for first time
Reported cases of COVID-19 infection worldwide reach 13 million. The number of coronavirus-linked deaths is also growing. According to the data from Johns Hopkins University, the global coronavirus death toll exceeds 569,000 people.
Last weekend, the United States registered the record-breaking numbers of new positive cases of infection. The country recorded a slightly more than 66,000 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, July 11, whereas on Sunday a single-day increase in coronavirus cases in the U.S. was 71,389. The very same weekend, U.S. President Donald Trump appeared in front of cameras wearing a mask for the first time during the current global pandemic.
"I think it's a great thing to wear a mask. I've never been against masks, but I do believe they have a time and a place," Trump told reporters as he left the White House.
The media reported that Trump's assistants repeatedly asked him to wear a mask in public. However, he refused to do so at rallies, press briefings and other public events. Meantime, COVID-19 infected more than 3.3 million people and killed 135,205 coronavirus patients in the U.S.
Epidemiologists say that the further rise in coronavirus infection rate in the U.S. is due to the fact that a single mechanism to contain the epidemic has not been developed. They believe that although state governors are making efforts at the local level, a federal strategy is needed.
Despite the fact that Brazil is currently the second worst-hit country in the global pandemic with more than 1.8 million of positive coronavirus cases, the attention of the world community is riveted to India. The country is becoming a new coronavirus hotspot. In recent days, the COVID-19 spread has reached a record pace in the country. Nearly 29,000 new coronavirus cases were registered in India in the last 24 hours. The virus has infected a whole family of popular Bollywood actors. One of the most famous actors in the history of Indian cinema Amitabh Bachchan, his son Abhishek Bachchan, as well as his daughter-in-law Miss World 1994 and an actress Aishwarya Rai, and an eight-year old granddaughter tested positive for coronavirus.
India launched a large-scale population testing campaign. Experts say that the country has not yet passed its COVID-19 peak. The COVID-19 infected more than 878,000 people and killed more than 23,000 patients in India.
Russia has the third-largest coronavirus caseload in the world after India with 726,036 positive cases of infection. Peru closes the list of the five countries with the highest rate of COVID-19 infection with more than 326,000 of positive coronavirus cases.