Global coronavirus cases exceed 20 million
According to the data from Johns Hopkins University, reported cases of COVID-19 infection worldwide exceeded 20 million. The global coronavirus death toll stands at nearly 736,000. In the last 24 hours alone, a quarter of a million fresh COVID-19 cases were registered throughout the world. The United States is the hardest-hit country in the global pandemic in terms of the number of positive cases of infection. The novel coronavirus infected more than five million people in the country. North and South America are the leading regions in the world in terms of the number of infections with more than half of global coronavirus cases. Europe is the second worst-hit region in the world in terms of positive coronavirus cases, followed by the countries of Southeast Asia.
“I think everybody on the planet needs to understand their role in this fight against COVID-19 in order to manage their own risk in terms of what they do every day. If you are asked to stay at home, then please stay, but if you really need to leave the house, then follow the rules: wear a mask and follow the instructions to avoid infection,” said Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 technical lead.
Just over 22,000 more coronavirus cases were registered in Brazil in the last 24 hours. To date, there are more than three million coronavirus cases in the country. The COVID-19 killed more than 100,000 people in Brazil. Experts are convinced that the rapid spread of the virus is primarily linked to the reopening of public places in the country, including shops, cafes, and restaurants. However, they say that Brazil has not yet reached its coronavirus peak.
India is in the third place in the world in terms of the number of COVID-19 cases. To date, there are more than two million coronavirus cases. Recently, the country again recorded the highest single-day spike with over 62,000 COVID-19 cases. According to Indian health ministry, in the last week there have been higher daily spikes of COVID-19 than in the U.S. and Brazil.
Russia is currently in the fourth place in the world in terms of COVID-19 cases. The country recorded a total of nearly 900,000 coronavirus cases. Head of the Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing (Rospotrebnadzor) Anna Popova said that the country’s daily increase in the number of coronavirus cases has dropped almost 50 times since March. An average of six people out of 10,000 who have returned from Russian resorts test positive for coronavirus.
Spain has recently become the first country in Europe in terms of the number of coronavirus cases. The country reported a thousand of new virus cases in 24 hours alone. According to Spain’s Health Ministry, the majority of cases were recorded in Catalonia and Aragon. Local authorities are imposing temporary restrictions in order to contain the spread of the virus. For example, last week the small town of Aranda de Duero was closed for a two-week quarantine. In total, the COVID-19 infected more than 322,000 people and killed nearly 30,000 patients.
South Africa, Mexico, Peru, Colombia, Chile, and Iran are also among the first 10 worst-hit countries in the current pandemic in terms of the number of COVID-19 cases.