According to Reuters, global cases of the novel coronavirus approached 7 million on Saturday as the number of cases in Brazil and India is increasing rapidly.
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, deaths from the new 4.0000 coronavirus are approaching.
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 in early April before the deaths exceeded 1,00,000. This emerges from the Reuters list of official government reports. It took 23 days to go from 3,000,000 to 4,000,000 deaths.
The United States has the highest number of deaths worldwide, at nearly 1,10,000. 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 4.0000, as there is a lack of care in many countries to test all victims, and in some countries deaths outside of a hospital are not counted.
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