Coronavirus cases worldwide soar past 15 million – here’s where the pandemic is raging

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The global number of coronavirus cases has passed 15 million as countries remain divided in their response to the crisis.

The United States has the highest number of cases in the world with 3.91 million infections, according to the Reuters tally.

US deaths from coronavirus rose by more than 1,100 for a second day in a row on Wednesday, the figures showed.

And President Donald has Trump warned: “It will probably, unfortunately, get worse before it gets better.”

The top five countries with the most cases is rounded out by Brazil, India, Russia and South Africa.

But the disease is accelerating the fastest in the Americas, which account for more than half the world’s infections and half its deaths.

Globally, the rate of new infections shows no sign of slowing, according to the tally which is based on official reports.

The Johns Hopkins center have recorded 15,231,569 cases worldwide.

In the US there are currently 3,970,908 cases, in Brazil the cases stand at 2,227,514, India has recorded 1,238,798 infections, Russia has 787,890 and South Africa has 394,948.

The countries with the most deaths from coronavirus are the US, followed by Brazil, the UK, Mexico and Italy.

In the US there has been 143,190 deaths, Brazil has had 82,771 deaths, the UK’s death toll has hit 45,586, in Mexico the death toll is 41,190 and Italy has seen 35,082 deaths.

These figures are recorded by the Johns Hopkins center.

After the first Covid-19 case was reported in Wuhan, China, in early January, it took about 15 weeks to reach two million cases.

By contrast, it took just eight days to climb above 15million from the 13million reached on July 13.

Health experts stress that official data almost certainly under reports both infections and deaths, particularly in countries with limited testing capacity.

The official number of coronavirus cases is at least triple the number of severe influenza illnesses recorded annually, according to World Health Organization data.

Also, the death toll of more than 623,461 in seven months is close to the upper range of yearly influenza deaths.

With the first wave of the virus still to peak in several countries and a resurgence of case numbers in others, some countries are reintroducing strict social distancing measures while others relax restrictions.

Stung by low approval ratings for his handling of the epidemic and downplaying the risks during the early stages, Trump made a significant shift in rhetoric on Tuesday, encouraging Americans to wear a face mask.

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