Global coronavirus cases top 20 million, doubling in 45 days

A man wearing a protective face mask hitches a ride in his wheelchair by grabbing on to the back of a motorcycle near the Miraflores Palace in Caracas Venezuela Saturday Aug. 8 2020 amid the new coronavirus pandemic

That's according to the tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.

Nearly a quarter of the cases - more than five million - have been in the United States, where there have been more than 163,000 deaths.

The world recorded one million cases more than three months later, on April 2.

Germany's COVID-19 cases rose by 966 within one day to 217,293, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) said on Tuesday.

An analysis of data by AP up to 9 August showed the US, India and Brazil together accounted for almost two-thirds of all reported infections since the world hit 15 million coronavirus cases on 22 July. So far 45,257 deaths have been reported.

Latin America and the Caribbean, the hardest-hit region with 5,601,470 cases and 221,281 deaths, continues to experience rapid spread with 576,583 new infections reported in the last seven days.

Azar also repeated accusations that China failed to adequately warn the rest of the world after the coronavirus was first detected in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late past year.

"Meanwhile, World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said that "green shoots of hope" are emerging at this point in the pandemic and added that all countries should remember it is never too late to turn the Covid-19 outbreak around.".

It was a different story in Pakistan, which allowed all restaurants and parks to reopen on Monday, after the country saw a drop in new cases over several weeks.

President Jair Bolsonaro has downplayed the coronavirus threat, and after Brazil's latest milestone, the country's most widely viewed TV network Globo asked: "Has the president of the republic done his duty?"

With 53,601 infections reported in the last 24 hours, India has now recorded more than 22,68,675 cases, while the death toll climbed to 45,257 after 871 new fatalities were reported, the health ministry said on August 11.

India has around three deaths per 100,000 or just over 44,000 in total, compared with nearly 67 deaths per 100,000 or more than 46,000 in the United Kingdom, which has the highest mortality rate of the top 20 most affected countries.

On August 4, India registered 52,050 new cases while the USA reported 47,183 instances of infection and Brazil saw 25,800 new cases of COVID-19.

Russian Federation has not yet surpassed 1 million cases but sits fourth on the world's caseload list, with 890,799 confirmed infections.

The increase might be explained by broader testing, greater detection of milder cases and shifting hotspot demographics, but "a rise in risky behaviour after easing of public health and social measures" is also to blame, the agency said.

Many people in the crowd appeared optimistic that normal life was resuming.

South Africa's number of confirmed coronavirus deaths has surpassed 10,000. The number of active cases in Uttar Pradesh has reached 47,878.

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