Global coronavirus toll exceeds 500,000

The total number of global coronavirus cases has exceeded 500,000 according to John Hopkins University. The total number of coronavirus cases worldwide has grown to more than 10.1 million.

The United States has the highest number of infections and deaths in the world with 2,548,143 and 125,799 respectively, according to the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering.

Brazil has so far reported 1,344,143 infections and 57,622 deaths.

Russia ranks third with 633,563, followed by India with 528,859 and the United Kingdom with 312,640. Experts say – former CDC director Tom Frieden and Scott Gottlieb, former head of the Food and Drug Administration from the United States – the surge in coronavirus cases seen in recent days is expected to continue for weeks as states moved too early to reopen their economies.

The increase in the number of cases should result in a ban on American citizens from traveling to Europe.

US Vice President Mike Pence, who travels to Texas on Sunday, downplayed the current outbreak in the states. He said the increase in the number of cases had affected only 4% of the American counties and that more cases had been detected in young people, who would probably not suffer serious health consequences.

Pence, in a Bloomberg report, reportedly said, “There is a temptation to associate new cases in the sunbelt with reopening, but it is important to remember” that states like Florida and Texas have started to open in early May and have avoided a spike in infections “for most of the six weeks,” he added.

Gottlieb said the spread of the virus would likely continue to grow if there were no requirements for “universal masking” of people in the affected states.

According to the CDC, the actual number of infections was five to ten times higher than that reported, while Frieden added that there were potentially encouraging signs in the growing share of young people. But that shouldn’t be a reason to become complacent.

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