Coronavirus: 500,000 dead worldwide on Covid-19

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Cases increased particularly rapidly in Latin America


According to Johns Hopkins University in the United States, more than 500,000 people worldwide have lost their lives due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Since the emergence of the virus in China at the end of last year, there have been more than 10 million cases, reports Johns Hopkins.

Half of the cases worldwide have occurred in the United States and Europe, but Covid-19 is currently growing rapidly in the Americas.

The virus also affects South Asia and Africa, where it is not expected to peak before the end of July.

Epidemics continue to spread to many parts of the world, with one million new cases registered in the past six days.

The United States has reported a total of 2.5 million cases and 125,000 deaths with Covid-19 so far – more than any other country.

US states that have emerged from isolation in recent weeks – especially in the south – have reported a record increase in new infections.

The spike has led officials in Texas, Florida and other states to tighten restrictions on businesses.

Statistics from several countries have shown that people of black and Asian ethnicity are more likely to be severely affected by the virus than white people.

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The country with the second highest number of recorded cases is Brazil, with a total of 1.3 million, and deaths of more than 57,000.

Despite a spate of new infections, the state of Rio de Janeiro has said it will allow football stadiums to reopen to fans from July 10 – initially at one-third of its capacity.

China imposed a strict lockdown near Beijing on Sunday to stem another outbreak. Nearly half a million people will be unable to travel to Anxin County in Hebei Province.

In the UK – the country with the highest number of deaths in Western Europe – the government has said it could impose its first local lockdown following a spate of new cases in the English city of Leicester.

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