This milestone comes as many hard-hit countries relax the locks while dramatically changing work and social life that could last a year or more until a vaccine is available.
Some countries are experiencing a resurgence of infections, leading the authorities to partially restore the blockages, which, according to experts, could be recurrent in the coming months and in 2021.
North America, Latin America and Europe each account for around 25% of cases, while Asia and the Middle East each have around 11% and 9% respectively, according to the Reuters tally, which uses the government reports.
There have been more than 499,000 deaths to date from COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.
The first cases of the new coronavirus were confirmed on January 10 in Wuhan, China, before infections and deaths multiplied in Europe, then in the United States and later in Russia.
The pandemic has now entered a new phase, with India and Brazil battling more than 10,000 outbreaks a day, straining resources.
The two countries accounted for more than a third of all new cases in the past week. Brazil reported a record 54,500 new cases on June 19. Some researchers have said that the death toll in Latin America could reach more than 380,000 in October, up from around 100,000 this week.
The total number of cases continued to increase at a rate of between 1 and 2% per day over the past week, compared with rates above 10% in March.
Countries like China, New Zealand and Australia have experienced new outbreaks in the past month, despite the cancellation of local transmission.
In Beijing, where hundreds of new cases were linked to an agricultural market, testing capacity was increased to 300,000 per day.
United States, which reported the most cases in more than 2.5 million countries, managed to slow the spread of the virus in May, and has spread in recent weeks to rural areas and other places that don’t were not affected before.
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Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Arizona and Nevada reached new heights in the daily cases reported on Saturday, while Arizona also set a record of COVID-19 patients receiving treatment with hospital.
Some states have decided to slow their reopening. Washington State Governor Jay Inslee said on Saturday that his state would stop taking the next steps in opening up its economy as cases escalate.
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For the third day in a row, new cases in the United States increased by more than 40,000 on Saturday. The United States has registered 2.52 million cases since the start of the pandemic, according to a Reuters count.
What is happening with COVID-19 in Canada
WestJet and Air Canada’s decision to relax physical distance policies on board next month is under fire from those concerned about the health implications. The two airlines plan to allow customers to book seats side by side starting July 1.
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Sarah Antonio, a Toronto resident with a ticket for a WestJet flight to Vancouver on July 8, said she assumed the airline “would like to take our safety more seriously.”
Antonio said she and her husband were going on a business trip they were supposed to do in March, but chose to delay due to the pandemic. She said the main reason they felt comfortable booking the flight now was because WestJet had explicitly stated during the ticket booking process that the middle seat would be empty.
NDP MP Niki Ashton said that the same physical distance rules that apply across Canada should also apply to airplanes.
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At 10:30 a.m.ET Sunday, Canada had 103,210 confirmed and suspected cases of coronavirus. The provinces and territories have listed 66,152 cases as having been recovered or resolved. A count of CBC News deaths based on provincial reports, regional health information and CBC reports is 8,565.
What’s going on in the rest of the world
In Ireland, an increasing number of COVID-19 cases among people under the age of 35 is a “worrying trend,” the country’s chief medical officer, Tony Holohan, said on Saturday. He said that out of 23 new cases reported, 10 involved people under the age of 35. Eight other cases involved people aged 35 to 54.
In Swiss, The Zurich health authority has ordered a 10-day quarantine for nearly 300 guests and club staff after a party animal has tested positive for coronavirus. Five other people who were at the Flamingo Club with the man on June 21 also tested positive for COVID-19.
State of Victoria in Australia will implement mandatory coronavirus testing for returning travelers after a sharp increase in infections in the past two weeks, the Prime Minister said on Sunday.
The country’s second most populous state on Sunday registered 49 new cases, its highest level in more than two months and the 12th consecutive day of double-digit increases. The rest of Australia has had virtually no infections.
In Great BritainInterior Minister Priti Patel on Sunday urged people to be responsible and to “act conscientiously” in light of the coronavirus guidelines after a series of mass public rallies in English cities.
“This virus has not disappeared at all … We are still in a health emergency and a health pandemic,” she told Sky News.
The minister added that she could think of “nothing worse” than Britain experiencing a second wave of COVID-19, which she said could lead to further blockages.
In recent days, London and Liverpool have seen illegal street parties and football celebrations attracting large numbers of people, which adds to the fear that people will no longer take restrictions on coronaviruses seriously.
The rallies took place just days after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that a number of lockout restrictions would be eased starting July 4, including allowing pubs and restaurants to open. He also announced that the social distance rule of two meters will be reduced to one meter from this date, a decision which is largely aimed at supporting businesses.
According to Johns Hopkins University, the coronavirus killed nearly 43,600 people in the UK on Sunday morning, by far the highest in Europe.