Global COVID-19 cases now exceed 10 Million and deaths pass half a million while North and South America still struggle to overcome the first wave.
According to the latest official figures more than 10 million cases have been reported worldwide, although scientists estimate the actual figures are much higher due to poor reporting and “state media restrictions”.
The UK is one of the hardest-hit countries, with the government under fire over mixed messaging and failure to act swiftly at the start of the crisis.
While the overall death rate has reportedly flattened in recent weeks, health experts have expressed serious concerns about the record numbers of new cases in countries including the US, India, and Brazil, as well as new outbreaks in parts of Asia.
The worst affected country remains the US, which has more than 125,000 deaths, which works out to about one in four of the total worldwide. The true death toll from the virus, which first emerged in China late last year, is widely believed to be significantly higher.
There have been more than 2.5 million reported cases in the US alone, about a quarter of the global tally. Germany, which introduced mass testing in March, has been able to keep its death toll below 10,000, according to official figures. Click on the link below for realtime coronavirus figures worldwide. Click on the link below for the latest coronavirus figures across the world.
A Vaccine for the USA
The U.S. is “unlikely” to develop herd immunity to COVID-19, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday, due to the likely combination of only a partially effective vaccine and the large number of people who refuse to take it.
Fauci said he would “settle” for a coronavirus vaccine that is 70% to 75% effective. By comparison, a measles vaccine is 97% to 98% effective.
“That would be wonderful if we get there,” Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, said. “I don’t think we will. I would settle for a 70, 75% effective vaccine.”