Worldwide Covid-19 death toll passes 500,000

Cheryl Sanders
June 29, 2020

More than 10 million people worldwide have tested positive for coronavirus, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

Hopes that the country was beating the disease were dashed by a spike in infections which saw 5,000 fresh cases reported on Friday. Asia has reported about 11% and the Middle East 11% and 9% of all cases.

Because Johns Hopkins reports only confirmed coronavirus cases, some medical experts believe the true number of people who have been infected could be as much as 10 times higher since many people can't get tested or may have the virus without showing symptoms.

"Over the past day, 6,791 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in 83 regions of Russian Federation, including 2,198 cases - or 32.4 percent - with no clinical symptoms", the response center said, specifying that Russia's cumulative toll has now reached 634,437 cases in 85 regions.

The decision to reimpose restrictions by Florida and Texas is a backtrack for the state's governors - both Republican allies of President Donald Trump - who have resisted lockdown measures. In the United States alone, there were more than 2.5 million confirmed cases, 125,000 deaths and 679,000 recoveries, according to Johns Hopkins.

Analyses by ABC News and others show the number of cases is sharply on the rise in 31 states, especially in Florida, Texas, California and Arizona. One model predicts that Brazil will surpass the coronavirus deaths in July. He asked state authorities to take measures promptly. Some researchers have said the death toll in Latin America could rise to more than 380,000 by October.

According to The Associated Press, numerous new cases have been reported in rural areas.

Beginning in May, all 50 USA states began to relax stay-at-home and other similar orders meant to limit community transmission of the virus. In China, the pandemic's original epicenter, officials reported no new cases on May 23.

China, New Zealand and Australia have seen new outbreaks in the past month, despite largely stifling local transmission.

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