Global coronavirus cases surpass 5 mn

Global coronavirus cases surpass 5 mn
New York City Fire Department EMT’s arrive with a patient at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in New York City, US on May 20.
NEW YORK, May 21 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 5/21/2020 8:27:10 AM IST

Global coronavirus cases surpassed 5 million on Wednesday, with Latin America overtaking the United States and Europe in the past week to report the largest portion of new daily cases globally.

It represents a new phase in the virus’ spread, which initially peaked in China in February, before large-scale outbreaks followed in Europe and the United States.

Latin America accounted for around a third of the 91,000 cases reported earlier this week. Europe and the United States each accounted for just over 20 per cent.

A large number of those new cases came from Brazil, which recently surpassed Germany, France and the United Kingdom to become the third-largest outbreak in the world, behind the United States and Russia.

Cases in Brazil are now rising at a daily pace second only to the United States.

The first 41 cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Wuhan, China, on January 10 and it took the world until April 1 to reach its first million cases. Since then, about 1 million new cases are reported every two weeks, according to a Reuters tally.

At more than 5 million cases, the virus has infected more people in under six months than the annual total of severe flu cases, which the World Health Organisation estimates is around 3 million to 5 million globally.

The pandemic has claimed over 328,000 lives, though the true number is thought to be higher as testing is still limited and many countries do not include fatalities outside of hospitals. Over half of the total fatalities have been recorded in Europe.

Despite the continued increase in cases, many countries are opening schools and workplaces following weeks of lockdown that have stemmed the spread. Financial markets have also been boosted slightly by promising early results from the first US vaccine trial in humans.

The 10 nations with the highest number of infections:

1. United States has reported 1,593,297 cases and 94,948 deaths

2. Russia has confirmed 317,554 cases and 3,099 deaths

3. Brazil has recorded 293,357 cases and 18,894 deaths

4. Spain has confirmed 279,524 cases and 27,888 deaths

5. United Kingdom has reported 248,293 cases and 35,704 deaths

6. Italy has reported 227,364 cases and 32,330 deaths

7. France has confirmed 181,700 cases and 28,135 deaths

8. Germany has reported 178,545 cases and 8,270 deaths

9. Turkey has recorded 152,587 cases and 4,222 deaths

10. Iran has recorded 129,341 cases and 7,249 deaths 

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