Global coronavirus pandemic death toll passes half a million

Elias Hubbard
June 29, 2020

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

The US remains the worst-hit country with over 2.53 million infections, while its death toll exceeds 125,700.

The surge in the number of cases comes as countries around the world roll back lockdown restrictions that were imposed in a bid to curb the spread of the disease. Critics have slammed the Brazilian government's downplaying and lack of action regarding the pandemic.

Trump has even suggested he's attempted to limit the number of tests administered in order to make the number of positive COVID-19 cases appear smaller. USA deaths now exceed 125,000, approximately one-fourth the global total of more than 495,000.

For reference, Florida had more than 132,000 confirmed cases as of June 28. More than 7 million residents were tested in Beijing earlier this month, after a cluster of infections there was linked to a large food market.

Johns Hopkins' tally registered the new milestone after India and Russian Federation reported thousands of new cases. Georgia, Nevada and SC also reported new daily records of infections that day while Arizona broke its previous record for hospitalisations. He asked state authorities to take measures promptly.

Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey and NY are the only four states in the nation that are on track to contain COVID-19, according to data analyzed by Covid Act Now. The European Union may bar American travelers from visiting its member countries due to the high COVID-19 infection rates in the U.S. 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. "If we want to end this, we've got to realize we are part of the process".

Johns Hopkins has tracked 9,891,717 cases globally and 496,075 deaths. Some researchers have said the death toll in Latin America could rise to more than 380,000 by October.

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