Confirmed coronavirus cases top 40 million worldwide

Clay Curtis
October 21, 2020

The disease has killed more than 1.1 million people, including almost 220,000 in the USA, which remains the world's worst-hit country despite having less than 5% of the global population.

The other top 15 countries with the maximum amount of cases are Brazil (5,250,727), Russian Federation (1,406,667), Argentina (1,002,662), Spain (974,449), Colombia (965,883), France (952,600), Peru (868,675), Mexico (854,926), the United Kingdom (744,122), South Africa (705,254), Iran (534,631), Chile (493,305), Iraq (430,678), Italy (423,578) and Bangladesh (390,206), the CSSE figures showed.

The world hit a new benchmark in the COVID-19 pandemic on Monday, surpassing 40 million coronavirus infections, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

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An ABC News analysis of COVID-19 trends across all 50 US states as well as Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico found there were increases in hospitalizations over the past two weeks in 41 states.

India has seen its rate of new cases fall in recent weeks, after a meteoric rise in August and September.

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This grim milestone comes as Europe has been experiencing a surge in coronavirus infections and last week reached a weekly record of nearly 700,000 new cases, The Associated Press reports. That number was hit in June.

India comes in second place in terms of cases at 7,550,273, while the country's death toll soared to 114,610.

It notes it took 44 days to reach 20 million, 38 days to reach 30 million and 31 days to top 40 million this month.

The U.S. appears to be among the main drivers of the spike in case rates around the world.

Europe has now surpassed the the number of new infections per 1 million people, according to CNBC.

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