The number of novel Coronavirus cases worldwide surpassed 10 million on Sunday morning as the death toll nears 500,000, Johns Hopkins University data shows.
North America, Latin America and Europe each constitute about one-quarter of infections. Asia has reported about 11% and the Middle East 11% and 9% of all cases. Per Johns Hopkins, the U.S. has reported the highest number of people to test positive for COVID-19 (over 2.5 million), followed by Brazil (more than 1.3 million), Russia (over 633,000) and India (more than 528,800). Brazil and India have been reporting more than 10,000 cases a day recently. The global death toll from the virus stands at 499,100 as of Sunday morning. The number of coronavirus cases is roughly double the number of severe influenza illnesses recorded annually by the World Health Organization.
In the U.S., 26 states have reported rises in COVID-19 cases over the past week, with new cases up 77% in Arizona, 75% in Michigan, 70% in Texas and 66% in Florida. Florida, Arizona, Arizona, Georgia, South Carolina and Nevada set new daily coronavirus records on Saturday.
There are 38 countries which have either defeated Covid-19, or are very close to it. These include small island nations like Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands. New Zealand surprised the world when it announced last week that it has become Covid-19 free, though some cases wre reported later. Bhutan and Sri Lanka are nearly free from the Coronavirus disease.
In China, the capital city of Beijing on Saturday issued new containment guidelines as the city reported 17 confirmed cases for Friday, up from 11 for the day before and the most since June 20. The number of coronavirus infections in Pakistan crossed the 200,000 mark on Sunday, as authorities imposed restrictions in major cities across the country in a struggle to control the spread of the virus.
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rose to 202,944 and related deaths reached 4,118. At least 4,072 new cases and 83 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, Health Ministry data showed on Sunday.
Italy is honouring its coronavirus dead with a Requiem concert performed in front of the cemetery in Bergamo, one of the hardest-hit provinces in the onetime epicentre of the European outbreak. President Sergio Mattarella, the 243 mayors of cities in Bergamo province and a representative of families who lost loved ones have been invited to attend the evening concert, which was transmitted live on RAI state television. (Agencies)