Coronavirus cases worldwide exceed 10 million, almost half a million deaths

A man in a PPE mask passes a mural on the side of a building in downtown New York on June 26, 2020.

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The number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide exceeded 10 million on Sunday, with the United States leading the way, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Approximately a quarter of the cases, 2,510,323, are in the United States, followed by Brazil with 1.3 million, Russia with just over 633,500, and India with around 528,800 as of Sunday morning ET. The global death count from the disease is approaching half a million, at 499,124, according to the latest figures from JHU, again led by the US, which has reported 125,539 deaths.

The United States has seen several consecutive days of record increases in coronavirus cases after several states quickly lifted blockade restrictions to reopen their economies.

The additional 45,255 Covid-19 cases reported nationwide on Friday were led by spikes in several states, including Texas, Arizona, Florida, California and Nevada. These are among the 34 states where cases are growing by 5% or more based on an average of seven days.

As of Friday, the seven-day average of new cases in the US increased by more than 41% compared to the previous week. State governors in Texas, Arizona, Florida and Washington state have announced they are backing down or putting on hold plans for reopening. Texas and Arizona reported a 57% and 36% increase in hospitalizations Friday compared to the previous week, respectively, based on an average of seven days. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey said his state’s hospitals are likely to “reach augmentation capacity very soon.”

“There are more cases. There are more hospitalizations in some of those places and they will see more deaths soon,” White House health adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci said in an interview with CNBC’s Meg Tirrell on Friday.

“Although deaths are declining as a country, that does not mean that you will not start seeing them now,” he said.