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COVID-19 Has Killed Almost Half A Million People

COVID-19 Has Killed Almost Half A Million People : Coronavirus Live Updates

The number of coronavirus cases confirmed worldwide rose to 10 million on Sunday, according to a tally collated by Johns Hopkins University.

There are now 9,937,618 cases globally, while the number of COVID-19 deaths is approaching half a million.

After a massive increase of more than one million cases since June 21, data now suggests 499,000 people have died from the virus worldwide - with more than 43,500 fatalities in the UK.

Several states such as California, Arizona, Texas and Florida have reported record spikes of new cases in recent days, prompting some local governments to backpedal on reopening policies.

In Massachusetts, there have been at least 108,443 cases of COVID-19 and 8,041 deaths attributed to the illness.

Brazil, where coronavirus infections were still on the rise, ranked No. 2 behind the both confirmed cases and total deaths, with 1.3 million infections and over 57,000 deaths.

Meanwhile, fears of a new rise in coronavirus cases have grown in recent weeks after massive protests against racism and police brutality swept across the United States and several other Western countries, during which, in many cases, participants flouted social distancing rules.

Brazil and Russian Federation trail behind the US, with almost two million cases between them. The death toll stands at 125,480. As of Saturday evening, there were more than 9.89 million confirmed infections. France has so far recorded 29,781 deaths from COVID-19.

On Saturday, Florida reported more than 9500 new cases, up from nearly 9000 on Friday, the previous record.