WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Global cases of coronavirus exceeded $ 11 million on Friday, according to a Reuters summary, which marked another milestone in the spread of the disease that has killed more than half a million people in seven months.
The number of cases is more than twice the number of serious flu diseases registered annually, according to the World Health Organization.
Many hard-hit countries facilitate lockdowns that are introduced to curb the spread of coronavirus while making extensive work and social changes that can last for a year or more until a vaccine is available.
Some countries are experiencing a resurgence of infections, leading to authorities partially restoring lockdowns, according to what experts say may be a recurring pattern until 2021
The United States reported more than 55,400 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, a new daily global record when infections increased in a majority of states. Several US governors halted plans to resume their state finances in the face of a sharp increase in cases.
Nearly a quarter of known global deaths have occurred in the United States – nearly 129,000. In recent times, President Donald Trump’s handling of the crisis under a microscope has prompted several governors to stop plans to resume their states after severe shutdowns.
Latin America, where Brazil has 1.5 million cases, accounts for 23% of the total number of infected. India has become the new epicenter in Asia, increasing to 625,000 cases.
Asia and the Middle East have about 12% and 9%, respectively, according to Reuters, which uses government reports.
In some countries with limited test features, the case reflects a small proportion of total infections. Health experts warn that the official data is unlikely to tell the whole story, with many believing that both cases and deaths have probably been underreported in some countries.
To date, there have been more than 520,000 deaths associated with the disease so far, roughly the same as the number of influenza deaths reported annually.
The first death associated with the new coronavirus was reported on January 10 in Wuhan, China, before infections and deaths increased in Europe, since 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 per day, which has severely strained resources.
Countries including China, New Zealand and Australia have experienced new outbreaks in the past month, despite local outbreaks to a large extent.
Reporting by Alistair Bell; Editing by Howard Goller and Daniel Wallis
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