Global coronavirus infections top 10 million

Confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus surpassed the 10 million mark early Sunday, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University virus tracker. Close to 500,000 people have now died globally and there is still no vaccine or cure.

With over 2.5 million infections and more than 125,000 deaths, the United States continues to lead the world in the number of infections and fatalities.

Brazil ranks behind the United States in both infections and deaths, with 1.3 million confirmed cases and more than 57,000 fatalities.

In Sub-Saharan Africa, cases have been escalating in recent weeks. There are now more than 370,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the region and close to 10,000 deaths with South Africa accounting for over 30 percent of all the infections and about 23 percent of all fatalities, according to the Africa Center for Disease Control latest data. At least 178,407 people have fully recovered in Africa, the data show.

The pandemic has been accelerating in the United States in recent weeks, and some states, including Florida, Texas and Arizona, set new single-day records for infections Saturday.

Florida has now reported 20 percent of all new cases in the U.S. and Governor Greg Abbott of Texas on Friday signed an executive order imposing limits on some outdoor activities and social gatherings. Arizona reported 3,600 new cases Saturday and was ramping up the state’s hospital preparedness.

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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