Death toll sur­passes 500,000 worldwide

San Francisco Chronicle - - CORONAVIRU­S PANDEMIC -

An­other tragic milestone was passed Sunday in the coro­n­avirus pan­demic: 500,000 deaths around the globe, ac­cord­ing to the count main­tained by Johns Hop­kins Univer­sity re­searchers.

About 1 in 4 of those deaths — more than 125,000 — has been re­ported in the U.S. The true death toll from the virus, which first emerged in China late last year, is widely be­lieved to be sig­nif­i­cantly higher.

To date, more than 10 mil­lion con­firmed cases have been re­ported glob­ally.

While Hop­kins re­ports only con­firmed coro­n­avirus cases, ex­perts be­lieve the ac­tual num­ber of peo­ple who have been in­fected could be as much as 10 times that fig­ure, given that so many peo­ple can­not get tested or may have the virus with­out show­ing any symp­toms.

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