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Global Coronavirus Deaths Near 500000 As Number Of Cases Surpasses 10 Million

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Global COVID-19 cases top 9.7mn: Johns Hopkins University

More than 10 million people worldwide have tested positive for coronavirus, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

This week the USA saw its highest daily increase of the pandemic, with more than 45,000 new cases reported Friday. The illness's world dying depend is closing in on half a million, at 499,124, in keeping with JHU's newest figures, once more led by the US, which has reported 125,539 deaths. In India, authorities are scrambling to open a Covid-19 treatment facility to deal with the surge in cases in the nation's capital, New Delhi.

Globally, the Hopkins tally has reported almost 500,000 deaths.

The country broke its single-day new infections record repeatedly this week, with well over 39,000 new reported cases on Thursday.

The grim milestone comes just days after the World Health Organization warned cases will increase to eight figures within a week.

The bad milestone comes six months after initial cases were first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan in mid-December, before continuing to spread across the globe.

The pandemic has now entered a new phase, with India and Brazil battling outbreaks of over 10,000 cases a day, putting a major strain on resources. Since restrictions to stem virus spread were gradually lifted from mid-April across the country, cases have increased again.

The other countries with over 10,000 deaths are the United Kingdom (43,598), Italy (34,716), France (29,781), Spain (28,341), Mexico (26,381), India (15,685) and Iran (10,364).

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

The total number of cases are increasing at a rate of between 1-2 per cent each day over the last week, down from rates above 10 per cent in March.

Countries including China, New Zealand and Australia have seen new outbreaks in the past month, despite largely quashing local transmission. The initial surge brought daily USA confirmed cases to just over 36,000 in late April, but when states began shutting down their economies and imposing stay-at-home orders, the trend line headed down. Roughly half of reported infections are known to have recovered.

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