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1st LD Writethru: Global COVID-19 deaths surpass 500,000 -- Johns Hopkins University

1st LD Writethru: Global COVID-19 deaths surpass 500,000 -- Johns Hopkins University

South Carolina, Nevada and Georgia also reported record daily tallies of cases.

A tally compiled by Johns Hopkins University registered the grim milestone on Sunday after India and Russian Federation added thousands of new cases.

The U.S. has reported more than 125,000 coronavirus deaths so far, which is more than any other country and more than twice as many confirmed deaths as Brazil, its next-highest neighbor on the list. By the end of next month, Brazil could surpass the U.S. in the number of positive cases of the novel coronavirus. That's more than all of the COVID-19 cases reported for countries like Canada, China, Colombia, Sweden and Egypt.

An Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) dons personal protective equipment before going into Elmhurst Hospital during the ongoing outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Queens borough of New York, US, April 20, 2020.

Due to a lack of federal COVID-19 lockdown measures, states and cities in the US have had to implement their own preventative policies and guidance. Italy, the onetime epicenter of the European outbreak, on Saturday registered the lowest daily tally of COVID-19 deaths in almost four months: eight.

Brazil - the second-hardest-hit country in the world after the United States - recorded more than 1,000 deaths in 24 hours, the health ministry said on Saturday.

Europe, which was earlier an epicentre of the virus, has over 2.6 million cases, but the daily figures have come down significantly.

As cases spike, measures to mitigate the virus' spread remain controversial.

On June 25, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a revised list of who is at increased risk of becoming severely ill due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 1 in the absence of a universal mask-wearing order.