Worldwide coronavirus cases exceed 10 million
GRIM MILESTONE North America, Latin America and Europe each account for 25% of global cases
NEW YORK: Confirmed coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases across the globe surged past 10 million, a chilling reminder that the deadliest pandemic of the modern era is stronger than ever.
It took four months after the pathogen first surfaced in the Chinese city of Wuhan to reach 1 million infections.
The spread of the coronavirus has steadily accelerated, compressing the time frame to a million additional cases every week now. And the latest milestone may serve only as a relative marker, as many believe the true number of infections to be higher given the difficulty of tracking infections.
The daily official count reached 150,000 cases in midJune, prompting the World Health Organization to warn that the pandemic has entered “a new and dangerous phase.”
The death toll is equally sobering, at almost 500,000, and some health officials predict 1 million fatalities may not be far off.
“We haven’t seen the end of Covid-19, and we haven’t seen the full scope of it yet, either,” said Ali Mokdad, professor of health metrics sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle.
The epicentre of the coronavirus is continually shifting. First it was China, then Europe -- and now Brazil, Russia and India are among those adding thousands new cases daily.
Since late March, the US has had the most cases globally and is still adding infections at a record daily pace as a resurgence overwhelms states like Texas, Arizona and Florida.
BEIJING:Global coronavirus cases exceeded 10 million on Sunday, marking a major milestone in the spread of the respiratory disease that has so far killed almost half a million people in seven months.
The figure is roughly double the number of severe influenza illnesses recorded annually, according to the World Health Organisation.
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.
North America, Latin America and Europe each account for around 25% of global cases, while Asia and the Middle East have around 11% and 9% respectively, according to the Reuters tally, which uses government reports.
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.
The two countries accounted for over a third of all new cases in the past week. Brazil reported a record 54,700 new cases on June 19. Some researchers said the death toll in Latin America could rise to over 380,000 by October, from around 100,000 this week.
The total number of cases continued to increase at a rate of between 1-2% a day in the past week, down from rates above 10% in March.
Fatalities in Iran crossed 10,500 on Sunday as the country recorded 144 deaths from the virus overnight, its highest number of deaths in a single day since April 5. Known infections rose to 222,669 with 2,489 new cases in the past 24 hours, up slightly from 2,456 the day before.
The surge in the number of deaths came as Iran plans to make wearing face masks mandatory in indoor and crowded spots for two weeks starting July 5, President Hassan Rouhani said without elaborating on the punishment for violating the rule.
Singapore will allow several tourist attractions including the city’s two casinos to restart operations from July 1. Universal Studios Singapore and the Singapore
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Zoo can also reopen, according to a statement from the tourism board.
Most attractions will be restricted to no more than 25% of their operating capacity at any one time for now, while access to the casinos will be limited to existing members and annual levy holders. The country reported 213 infections on Sunday.
Authorities in Zurich have ordered a quarantine on 300 nightclub-goers after five people tested positive for Covid-19 and were found to have been infected by one person at the club on Saturday, Swiss newspaper NZZ am Sonntag reported.
Night clubs and discos were allowed to reopen on June 6 and a ban limiting events of more than 300 people was loosened on June 22 to allow larger clubs to have up to 1,000 people.
Returning travellers to Victoria in Australia who refuse to comply with testing will be required to remain in quarantine for a further 10 days, taking their total period of isolation to 24 days to ensure they pose no risk of introducing the virus to the community, the Victorian state government said Sunday.
Premier Daniel Andrews said some hot-spot suburbs could also be put back into lockdown if necessary to contain the outbreak.
South Korea has confirmed 62 additional cases of the coronavirus over a 24-hour period as the Asian country continues to face new clusters of infections amid eased social distancing rules.
The additional cases reported on Sunday took the country’s total to 12,715, with 282 deaths.
The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 40 of the newly reported cases were domestically infected, while the other 22 came from overseas. It says 26 of the 40 domestic cases were detected in the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area.
South Korea has been struggling to suppress a spike in new cases since it eased curbs in May.
People prepare to go tubing on Salt River in Arizona on Saturday even as cases continue to rise in the United States.