MORE that 40million COVID-19 cases have been confirmed worldwide.
The record-breaking figure of over 40million worldwide cases was reached today, Monday Oct 19, according to leading researchers at John Hopkins University. The total death count from coronavirus infections has surpassed 1.1million.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said that the numbers were driven by a surge of cases in Europe, which has seen over 250’000 confirmed deaths in the pandemic. The WHO reported last week that Europe had confirmed a record weekly high of nearly 70’000 cases, and that the region was responsible for about a third of all cases worldwide.
The US still has the highest number of cases at 8’154’594, closely followed by India with 7’550’273.
The WHO has also warned that several European cities could see their intensive care facilities overwhelmed in a matter of weeks.
While the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the planet has passed 40million, experts at the WHO believe the true figure could be as high as 780million.
This is due to many people having had no symptoms, while some governments have concealed the true number of cases.
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