On Friday, as many hard-hit areas continued to relax restrictions around the world, the number of coronavirus cases confirmed worldwide exceeded 11 million.
According to data from the World Health Organization, the number of cases is more than double the number of severe influenza disease cases recorded each year.
Many countries hit by severe disasters are easing blockade measures to slow the spread of coronavirus, while making extensive changes to work and social life that may last a year or more until vaccines are available.
Infections in some countries are recovering, leading authorities to partially restore the blockade. Experts say this may be a relapse pattern by 2021.
The United States reported more than 55,400 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. As infection rates in most states rise, this is a new daily record worldwide. Faced with a surge in cases, several US governors suspended plans to reopen their state economy.
Nearly a quarter of the world’s known death toll occurred in the United States-nearly 129,000. The recent surge in cases has plagued President Donald Trump’s handling of the crisis and has led several governors to suspend plans to reopen their states after a strict blockade.
In Latin America, there are 1.5 million cases in Brazil, accounting for 23% of global infections. India has become the new epicenter of Asia, increasing to 625,000 cases.
According to Reuters statistics, Asia and the Middle East account for 12% and 9%, respectively. The report uses government reports.
In some countries with limited testing capabilities, the number of cases accounts for only a small portion of total infections. Health experts warn that official data may not tell the whole story, and many believe that in some countries, reports of cases and deaths may be underestimated.
So far, the number of deaths related to the disease has exceeded 520,000, which is about the same as the number of influenza deaths reported each year.
According to reports, new coronavirus-related deaths occurred for the first time in Wuhan, China, on January 10, followed by a surge in infections and deaths in Europe, the United States, and later Russia.
The pandemic is now entering a new phase, with India and Brazil coping with more than 10,000 outbreaks every day, which puts tremendous pressure on resources.
Although China, New Zealand and Australia have largely suppressed local spread, these countries have experienced new outbreaks in the past month.