Coronavirus: 7 million cases globally, Brazil and India continue to report daily surge

WION Web Team
New Delhi, India Published: Jun 08, 2020, 08:16 AM(IST)

A graffito depicting a girl and a teddy bear wearing face masks that reads "I miss school" is pictured in the town of Ferizaj on June 7, 2020, amid the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, caused by the novel coronavirus Photograph:( AFP )

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Spain and Italy, the former hotspots of the virus are witnessing a dip in the infections

Coronavirus has infected over 7 million people globally, as per data from the Johns Hopkins University. Currently, 7,006,436 people have had the virus, while 402,699 people have lost their lives to the pandemic, which went global six months ago.

The five worst affected countries according to JHU tracker are: US (1,940,468), Brazil (691,758), Russia (467,073), United Kingdom (287,621), followed by India (257,486).

Also read: New Zealand's last active patient of coronavirus recovers, country now has zero cases

Spain and Italy, the former hotspots of the virus are witnessing a dip in the infections, and were overtaken by India on Sunday. Other countries with over 100,000 cases include Peru, France, Germany, Iran, Turkey, Chile, Mexico, and Saudi Arabia.

Protesters makes Black Lives Matter fists at a demonstration in Edinburgh on June 7, 2020, organised to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a police officer knelt on his neck in Minneapolis
Protesters makes Black Lives Matter fists at a demonstration in Edinburgh on June 7, 2020, organised to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a police officer knelt on his neck in Minneapolis | AFP

New Zealand became one of the few countries to be “corona-free” today, as the country’s last patient recovered from the virus, and no new infections reported in the last 17 days. Owing to this, the country is expected to reopen soon.

India and Brazil have been witnessing a daily surge in the number of reported cases, with India’s health body recently warning that the country is far for its peak.

Also read: US adds almost 700 new coronavirus deaths in 24 hours

The US reported 691 deaths in the last 24 hours, the country’s lowest death toll in a week. There have been 110,482 deaths in the country alone. The country has the highest toll in the world, but on a per capita basis, European countries have a much higher death toll.

In mid-April, the US alone was witnessing 3,000 deaths everyday during its peak. Right now, the country records 1,000 deaths daily, with an estimated 20,000 new cases everyday

However, owing to the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests against the murder of George Floyd, experts in the US believe a surge in the cases is coming, with copycat protests around the world triggering same fears.

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