Coronavirus Cases Top 10 Million Globally With Deaths Near 500,000
And 25 percent of those COVID-19 cases are in the U.S.
Coronavirus cases topped 10 million globally this weekend as the death rate reaches just shy of half a million people. A quarter of those cases are in the U.S. The U.S. currently has one of the highest infection rates in the world.
The U.S. is experiencing multiple consecutive days of record increases in cases after dozens of states reopened — lifting lockdowns and allowing bars, restaurants, parks, beaches, and other public gathering places to reopen. As of today, 499,342 people have died worldwide from COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins University’s latest figures, and 127,000 of those are in the U.S. We also broke another record on Friday, reporting the highest number of new cases in a single day, with at least 40,173 new infections.
“There are more cases. There are more hospitalizations in some of those places and soon you’ll be seeing more deaths,” White House health advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said in an interview with CNBC’s Meg Tirrell on Friday. “Even though the deaths are coming down as a country, that doesn’t mean that you’re not going to start seeing them coming up now,” he added.
Coronavirus cases are now rising in 36 states, including Florida, which some experts say could be the next epicenter for infections. Miami issued an emergency order late last week requiring people wear masks in public spaces. If not, they could face a fine up to $500, the Miami Herald reports. A recent study found that the use of masks is currently the most effective way to reduce person-to-person spread of coronavirus.
As of this morning, only two U.S. states are reporting a decline in new coronavirus cases compared to the previous week: Connecticut and Rhode Island.
What’s more, nearly half of the new COVID-19 cases detected in recent weeks have been in adults under 35, Vice President Mike Pence said today during a press conference held by the White House coronavirus task force — the first in almost two months. Pence said this was good news because cases in young adults have resulted in fewer deaths than those in older populations, and he urged the group to remain vigilant in ensuring they aren’t passing this to others. “Younger Americans have a particular responsibility to make sure that they’re not carrying the coronavirus into settings where they would expose the most vulnerable,” he said.
“Just because young people tend to fare better doesn’t mean that they always do,” Dr. Jen Caudle told CNN. “It’s really important that we wear our masks, that we social distance. Especially in places where COVID is increasing, it’s honestly best to stay home.”
Racial disparities also continue in those infected with coronavirus. Almost one in three Black Americans know someone who has died from the novel virus, compared to just 9 percent of white Americans, the Washington Post reported. Seventeen percent of Hispanic Americans said they know someone who has died from COVID-19.
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