© Reuters. Spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New Delhi
(This story corrects the version of the story of June 6 that the cases in heading and paragraph 1 have exceeded 7 million.)
By Lisa Shumaker
(Reuters) – According to Reuters, global cases of the novel coronavirus approached nearly 7 million on Saturday as the number of cases in Brazil and India increases.
Approximately 30% of these cases or 2 million infections are in the United States, although the fastest growing outbreak is in Latin America, which now accounts for approximately 16% of all cases.
Worldwide, the deaths from the novel corona virus are approaching 400,000.
The United States is responsible for about a quarter of all deaths, but deaths in South America are increasing rapidly.
The number of deaths related to COVID-19 in just five months now corresponds to the number of people who die each year from malaria, one of the most deadly infectious diseases in the world.
The first COVID-19 death was reported in Wuhan, China, on January 10, but it was early April before the death toll exceeded 100,000. This emerges from the Reuters list of official government reports. It took 23 days to go from 300,000 to 400,000 deaths.
The United States has the world's highest death toll, at nearly 110,000. The number of deaths in Brazil is increasing rapidly and the country could overtake the United Kingdom to record the second largest number of deaths worldwide.
The total number of deaths is believed to be higher than the officially reported 400,000, as in many countries there is no care to test all victims, and in some countries deaths outside of a hospital are not counted. (Interactive graphical tracking of coronavirus distribution worldwide: Open https://tmsnrt.rs/3aIRuz7 in an external browser.)
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