Over 10 million coronavirus cases registered worldwide: AFP tally

Daniel Fowler
June 29, 2020

South Korea, which reported about 750 new cases daily in late February and early March, was averaging just a few dozen per day at the end of May, though officials noted a slight resurgence.

The worldwide death toll from the disease that first emerged in China six months ago is also nearing 500,000 as fears grow of a full-blown second wave, with the rate of contagion doubling since May 21.

The tension between reopening battered economies - efforts pushed in the USA by President Donald Trump - and public health is a source of debate in almost every country.

The infection surges prompted Vice President Mike Pence to call off campaign events in Florida and Arizona, although he will still travel to those states and to Texas this week to meet with their Republican governors.

India on Saturday recorded more than 19,500 COVID-19 cases in a single day for the first time.

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Across the Atlantic, the European Union on Saturday pushed back a decision on a list of "safe countries" from which travellers can visit Europe - a list which could exclude the US. EU Council President Donald Tusk wrote to the leaders of the bloc: "The change in Washington puts the European Union in a hard situation; the new administration seems to question the last 70 years of U.S. foreign policy".

In the USA, 26 states have reported rises in COVID-19 cases over the past week, with new cases up 77% in Arizona, 75% in MI, 70% in Texas and 66% in Florida.

The disease is also rampaging through Latin America, where Brazil has over 1.3 million cases alone. And China's capital city of Beijing went two months without reporting a local coronavirus case until mid-June.

In India, densely populated cities have been particularly hard hit.

Meanwhile, new outbreaks continue to worry in Australia, in Melbourne, where new lockdown measures are not excluded after the highest daily increase in cases since April. Total infections are at 5,09,000, with more than 15,600 deaths.

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