Confirmed coronavirus cases reach 20 million

Elias Hubbard
August 14, 2020

More than 20 million cases of the novel coronavirus have been confirmed worldwide, according to data compiled late Monday by US-based Johns Hopkins University.

Case numbers have soared exponentially since the first were reported in China in December. The tally hit 10 million cases less than three months after that, on June 28, and it has taken just six weeks to double.

Health officials believe the actual number is much higher, given testing limitations and the fact that as many as 40% of all those who are infected have no symptoms.

The US has also suffered the most deaths at 163,331, while there have been 101,000 in Brazil, 52,000 in Mexico, 46,611 in the United Kingdom and more than 44,000 in India.

The number of cases in the USA has just passed five million, Brazil has reached three million, with 2.2 million in India, nearly 900,000 in Russian Federation and 560,000 in South Africa.

Africa recorded its 1 millionth case last week.

The seven-day average for new daily cases has been above a quarter of a million for two weeks.

Speaking at a media briefing before the 2 millionth case was announced, he said countries such as France, Germany, the Republic of Korea, Spain, Italy, and the United Kingdom had major outbreaks but were able to contain them.

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