coronavirus infections hit 50 million

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coronavirus infections hit 50 million

The COVID-19 pandemic has continued its onslaught on mankind despite the relentless global effort put in place to save humanity. Cases are doubling and the death toll is rising, even as countries seek to balance health security with saving their collapsing economies.

There have been more than 50 million positive coronavirus cases worldwide since the highly infectious disease began spreading around the world over 10 months ago.

The world hit the 50 million thresholds for cases on Monday but as of Tuesday afternoon, according to data from worldometers.info, a COVID-19 tracking site, the number has jumped to 51.3 million; just to show how fast the virus is spreading.

The official number of global coronavirus cases is now at least five times the number of severe influenza illnesses recorded annually, according to World Health Organisation data.

The figure has more than doubled in about two months after reaching 15 million on July 22.

COVID-19, the potentially dangerous pneumonia-like disease caused by the coronavirus and said to have emanated from a local Wuhan market before spreading to over 200 countries, has claimed more than 1.2 million lives.

That has exceeded the upper range of 290,000 to 650,000 annual deaths linked to influenza.

US bearing brunt

The United States is bearing the brunt of the pandemic. On Sunday, the U.S. reported its 10 millionth coronavirus case, just 10 days after hitting nine million.

With the latest million added in just 10 days, many parts of the country are struggling to contain outbreaks in the most widespread wave of infection since the pandemic began.

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