- Coronavirus cases are surging in some of the biggest countries around the globe.
- The US logged 25,870 new COVID-19 infections on Monday, while there were 11,656 new cases in Russia and 10,611 in Brazil.
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The novel coronavirus continues spreading around the globe, and some of the very biggest countries are getting hit hard by the pandemic this week.
In the United States, more than 1,369,000 people have been confirmed ill, making the country home to the largest reported COVID-19 outbreak on the planet.
US states from Tennessee to Kentucky, Iowa, and Texas are all seeing surges in cases, as a White House report leaked to NBC News showed Monday.
Even the White House itself is no longer safe from infection. Vice President Pence’s press secretary and a valet who served President Trump drinks have both come down with COVID-19.
“The entire country has been infected,” President Trump said during a briefing last week.
So far, more than 82,370 people have died from COVID-19 in the US, and on Monday, 25,870 new infections were recorded across the country. The numbers of confirmed cases and deaths don’t begin to reveal how many people have actually contracted the coronavirus, as many cases are never tested or treated at all.
Here’s a bi-weekly snapshot of where daily, new COVID-19 cases have been diagnosed around the globe, according to case numbers from the World Health Organisation:
Outside the US, the majority of new cases are now being diagnosed in Russia (11,656) and Brazil (10,611), a country which just recorded its deadliest day even as Brazilian President Bolsonaro is pushing states to end lockdowns.
Official numbers don’t tell the whole COVID-19 story, of course. Some disease experts and Chinese residents think China may be drastically under-counting COVID-19 cases and deaths, and undercounting has been reported in Egypt recently, too.
The severity of COVID-19 varies widely with age; the virus kills an estimated 15% of infected people over 80, but just 0.2% of people under 39.
Washing your hands, avoiding touching your face, and staying as far away from other people as possible are still the best ways individuals can prevent new infections from spreading further. The coronavirus is quickly killed with soap and water.
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