Global coronavirus cases top 10 million
The number of novel coronavirus cases worldwide surpassed 10 million on Sunday morning as the death toll nears 500,000, Johns Hopkins data shows.
Driving the news: North America, Latin America and Europe each constitute about one-quarter of infections, per Reuters, citing government reports. Asia has reported about 11% and the Middle East 11% and 9% of all cases.
By the numbers: Per Johns Hopkins, the U.S. has reported the highest number of people to test positive for COVID-19 (over 2.5 million), followed by Brazil (more than 1.3 million), Russia (over 633,000) and India (more than 528,800).
- Brazil and India have been reporting more than 10,000 cases a day recently, Reuters notes.
- The global death toll from the virus stands at 499,100 as of Sunday morning.
Zoom in: In the U.S., 26 states have reported rises in COVID-19 cases over the past week, with new cases up 77% in Arizona, 75% in Michigan, 70% in Texas and 66% in Florida.
- Florida, Arizona, Arizona, Georgia, South Carolina and Nevada set new daily coronavirus records on Saturday.
The big picture: The milestone comes as countries continue to ease lockdowns and other restrictions that were imposed to combat the pandemic.
- Governments' large fiscal packages and new borrowing in response to COVID-19 threaten their credit ratings and budget sustainability, the IMF warned this week.
Of note: Reuters notes that the number of coronavirus cases is "roughly double the number of severe influenza illnesses recorded annually" by the World Health Organization.
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Editor's note: This article has been updated with more details on countries reporting high case numbers and further context.