THE global death toll from coronaviruses has exceeded 500,000, according to Johns Hopkins University.
One in four deaths has occurred in the United States, the researchers said, as the country is also responsible for a quarter of the 10 million cases worldwide.
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Brazil accounts for about one in nine of the 500,000 deaths, the current toll exceeding 57,000.
The UK has the third highest death toll in the world, with 43,634 Covid-19 deaths.
There has been an increase of more than a million cases since June 21 alone, as the epicenter moved to Latin America.
The virus has also exploded across India, one of the most populous countries in the world, with more than 500,000 cases and 16,095 deaths according to data from Johns Hopkins.
Health officials now fear that the virus will spread to America, particularly in rural areas.
Only two states – Rhode Island and Connecticut – reported a decrease in the number of cases from last week, while other states have seen numbers skyrocket.
States with large, densely populated cities have seen COVID-19 infections for the first time, like New York’s 8.4 million people, but now the concern is shifting to rural areas.
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Experts say all of these numbers significantly underestimate the true toll of the pandemic, due to limited testing and mild missed cases.
The actual death toll is said to be much higher, with critics suggesting that China has tampered with their official figures.
China’s current death toll is 4,641 dead.