Coronavirus around the world: Brazil sees a sharp increase in infections, fears of resurgence in US

WION Web Team
New Delhi, IndiaUpdated: Jun 09, 2020, 09:01 AM IST


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On June 6, US witnessed its highest number of infections in a week (25,000), probably owing to the protests

Coronavirus has infected over 7 million people globally, as per data from the Johns Hopkins University. Currently, 7,113,366 people have had the virus, while 406,413 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 (1,960,642), Brazil (707,412), Russia (476,043), United Kingdom (288,834), followed by India (265,928).

On June 6, US witnessed its highest number of infections in a week (25,000), probably owing to the protests.

Recently,  researchers at the University of Washington have estimated that 145,728 people could die of coronavirus in the United States by August.

Recently, the World Health Organization warned against coronavirus worsening. “Although the situation in Europe is improving, globally it is worsening,” it said.

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.

New Zealand became one of the few countries to be “corona-free” on Monday, as the country’s last patient recovered from the virus, and no new infections reported in the last 18 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 from its peak.

The US reported over 450 deaths in the last 24 hours, the country’s lowest death toll in a week. There have been 110,990 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.

(With inputs from AFP & Reuters)