Global COVID-19 cases exceed 15 million
According to Reuters News Agency, reported cases of COVID-19 infection worldwide exceeded 15 million. The pandemic is gathering pace even as countries continue to take a variety of anti-crisis measures.
According to the World Health Organization, this figure is at least three times the number of severe influenza illnesses registered annually. The global coronavirus death toll of 616,000 in seven months is close to the upper range of yearly influenza deaths.
In addition, according to Reuters tally based on official reports, globally, the rate of new infections shows no sign of slowing down. After first COVID-19 cases were reported in Wuhan, China in early January, in 15 weeks the number of coronavirus cases worldwide reached two million. On July 13, global coronavirus infections approached 13 million, and now, a little more than a week later, global case tally exceeded 15 million.
Health experts claim that official authorities of different countries in most cases underreport the statistics of both the spread of the infection and coronavirus-linked deaths, in particular the countries with limited testing capacity.
The top five worst-hit countries in the world include Brazil, India, Russia and South Africa. Reuters tally shows that COVID-19 is accelerating the fastest in the United States and Latin America. The COVID-19 statistics in this part of the world accounts for more than half the world’s infections and half its coronavirus fatalities.
In particular, the U.S. with more than 3.9 million coronavirus cases, has the highest number of infections in the world. U.S. President Donald Trump warned that the coronavirus pandemic “will probably, unfortunately, get worse before it gets better.”
To date, there are more than 2.15 million positive cases of COVID-19 infection in Brazil, including Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, and more than 81,000 coronavirus-linked deaths.
India, a country with more than 1.1 million confirmed coronavirus cases, reported nearly 40,000 new infections in 24 hours. Currently, India is seeking to reopen its economy, but faces a double challenge of combatting the current pandemic and dealing with a massive flooding in the country’s northeast.
Two members of the South African cabinet were admitted to hospital with COVID-19. In total, there are 381,700 confirmed coronavirus cases and 5,368 deaths in the country.
In Spain, the number of people allowed on Barcelona’s beaches was limited after crowds gathered on the coast over the weekend despite advice from authorities to stay home.
In Melbourne, the second-largest city in Australia, residents are obliged wearing masks in public places starting today, July 22.
Meantime, China announced that passengers on inbound flights are required to provide negative COVID-19 test results before boarding, as country’s authorities seek to reduce the risk of imported cases of coronavirus amid increased international travel.