Coronavirus cases: 10 million worldwide, latest statistics

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Deaths from coronavirus worldwide exceeded 500,000 and infections increased 10 million, two chilling reminders that the deadliest pandemic of the modern era is stronger than ever.

The infection milestone is a rejection for health experts and world leaders, including United States President Donald Trump, who had hoped at the start of the pandemic that the virus would fade in the summer heat. Instead, infections multiply faster than ever.

It took four months after the pathogen first appeared in the Chinese city of Wuhan to reach 1 million infections. The spread of the coronavirus has steadily accelerated, compressing the time frame to an additional million cases every week now. The latest milestone can serve only as a relative marker, as the actual number is likely to be higher given the difficulty of tracking infections.

The official daily count reached 150,000 cases in mid-June, prompting the Director-General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, to warn that the pandemic has entered “a new and dangerous phase”. The death toll is equally sobering, at more than 500,000, and some health officials predict that 1 million deaths may not be far behind.

“We have not seen the end of Covid-19, nor have we seen its full scope,” said Ali Mokdad, professor of health metric science at the University of Washington in Seattle. “This will be as dangerous as the Spanish flu in many ways,” he said, referring to the 1918 pandemic that infected about 500 million people.

“It’s an amazing number,” said Richard Riggs, medical director of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, about the 10 million milestone. “It looks like it will continue for quite some time.”

While efforts to contain the virus have been successful in some areas, using physical distancing and blockages, it remains unclear if the information obtained during the past six months is significantly reducing complications and death rates, he said. Recent advances, including treatment with remdesivir from Gilead Sciences Inc. and cheap steroid dexamethasone, can make a difference.

“I hope we have learned more about how to care for these people,” he said.

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