Coronavirus pandemic: Global death toll reaches half million; elderly at higher risk

Clay Curtis
June 29, 2020

With 5,08,953 total cases and over 15,000 fatalities, India continued to the fourth-worst hit country by COVID-19 across the globe.

In Egypt, while the government has taken on new measures to "co-exist" with the virus, cases have reached nearly 64,000 with a death toll of 2,700.

But officially - COVID-19 cases worldwide have now reached the 10 million mark - while the number of confirmed deaths has now passed 500 thousand.

The overall infections have surpassed 10 million-mark, with the USA having 2.5 million cases alone.

The tallies, using data collected by AFP from national authorities and information from the World Health Organization (WHO), probably reflect only a fraction of the actual number of infections.

While the overall death rate has flattened in recent weeks, health experts have expressed concerns about record numbers of new cases in countries including the US, India and Brazil, as well as new outbreaks in parts of Asia.

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The pandemic has caused mass unemployment in many countries, as lockdowns kept people in their homes and froze economic activity.

The two countries accounted for over a third of all new cases in the past week.

The hardest-hit parts of the U.S. are in the south and west, where many state leaders had pushed for early economic reopenings. California had already ordered some areas to reinstate stay-at-home orders, and San Francisco announced a "pause" in its reopening.

In Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis conceded there had been an "explosion" in new cases as the state notched a record 9,585 cases in 24 hours.

The milestone comes as many hard-hit countries are easing lockdowns while making extensive alterations to work and social life that could last for a year or more until a vaccine is available. The first COVID-19 case was recorded on January 30 in Kerala.

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