Global Coronavirus Cases Exceed 10 Million as New Phase of Pandemic Unfolds

Andrew Cummings
June 29, 2020

Cars line up for coronavirus testing outside of Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.

COVID-19 continues to spread across the world.

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.

Worldwide confirmed coronavirus infections hit the 10 million mark Sunday.

The United States is nearing 2.6 million coronavirus cases, as efforts to reopen the world's economic powerhouse were dramatically set back by a surge of new infections in states such as Florida.

The virus has also thrown world sports into turmoil. This comes just six months since China reported its first case of the virus on December 31st a year ago. He added that nearly four million new cases have been registered over the past month.

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

Russia, India, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom are also among the hardest-hit countries in the world.

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

"We are 4% of the world's population, we are 25% of the cases and the deaths", House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on ABC's This Week on Sunday.

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

Cases have surged in recent weeks, particularly in the South and West.

Texas - among the first USA states to reopen - also shut down its bars after the governor conceded he had allowed them to get back to business too soon.

Some countries are experiencing a resurgence in infections, leading authorities to partially reinstate lockdowns, in what experts say could be a recurring pattern in the coming months and into 2021. He told CNN and NBC that his own message to the people is to take precautions for "public health".

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar echoed this message on NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday.

And the British government warned it may have to shut down the central English city of Leicester and its population of 340,000 because of a spike in cases that media reports said were linked to outbreaks at food production plants.

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