Global coronavirus infections top 10 million: U.S. tally

Clay Curtis
June 29, 2020

More than 500,000 people throughout the world have died of the new coronavirus, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

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

Brazil and India have been reporting more than 10,000 cases a day recently, Reuters notes.

Florida health officials reported a daily record of more than 9,500 new cases Saturday. Japan has a total of some 18,000 confirmed cases.

The United States and Brazil topped the list with over 2.5 million and 1.3 million, respectively, with the two countries accounting for about a third of the world's total cases.

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The milestone comes at a time when multiple countries have indicated progress in their efforts to quell the spread of a novel coronavirus, while other nations and states question their decision-making processes as COVID-19 cases continue to spike.

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

While the U.S. accounts for around one quarter of global deaths - 125,539 out of 499,124 worldwide - and has by far the highest death toll, the epicentre of the disease is now Latin America. In the USA, 125,630 people have died from COVID-19, also about 25 percent of the global total.

While not every USA state is experiencing as drastic of a rise in COVID-19 cases, a recent national spike cases overall is troubling. The intensive care units in some Texas hospitals are now 100% full, after the state broke hospitalization records for 15 days in a row. At the first White House Coronavirus Task Force Briefing in almost two months, Vice President Mike Pence said Friday that all 50 states are opening safely.

Bolsonaro takes the "prize for the most disastrous combination of denial and lack of taking any measures", Sánchez-Garzoli said. "If we want to end this, we've got to realize we are part of the process". Some researchers have said the death toll in Latin America could rise to more than 380,000 by October.

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