Over 500,000 virus cases worldwide in new daily record
Air travelers collect their checked baggage at Newark International Airport on October 27, 2020 in Newark, New Jersey. Although virus dissemination on flights is low when people are able to be socially distant, the extremely hard hit airline industry is having to consolidate flights, furthering complicating the dilemma.
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Over 500,000 virus cases worldwide in new daily record
(Agence France-Presse) - October 28, 2020 - 9:42pm

PARIS, France — More than 500,000 new coronavirus cases were reported worldwide on Tuesday in a new record, according to a tally from health authorities compiled by AFP.

In total, 516,898 new infections and 7,723 deaths were announced, according to the tally compiled on Wednesday.

This spike in worldwide cases can only partially be explained by an increase in testing since the first wave of the epidemic in March and April.

Europe has once again become the new epicentre of the disease which is spreading rapidly on the continent.

Over the past seven days, there has been an average of more than 220,000 new daily infections, a 44 percent rise from the previous week.

The region is nearing a daily average of 2,000 deaths just as governments rush to impose infection-control measures to try and contain this second wave.

During the first peak of the pandemic in April, more than 4,000 daily deaths were reported.

The United States is also facing a rise in cases.

For the first time, it registered more than 500,000 infections over the past seven days, compared to 370,000 the previous week.

Among the 500,000 cases recorded globally Tuesday, more than half were registered in the 10 worst-hit countries in the world: the United States, India, Brazil, Russia, France, Spain, Argentina, Colombia, the United Kingdom and Mexico.

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December 3, 2020 - 7:15pm

Iran on Thursday surpasses one million confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection, the health ministry says in the Middle East country hardest hit by the pandemic.

The Islamic republic has recorded 1,003,494 coronavirus infections since announcing its first cases in February, ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari says on state television.

The virus has claimed a total of 49,348 lives in Iran, according to official figures, which even the health minister acknowledges fall short of the true number due to screening protocol issues. —  AFP

December 3, 2020 - 4:14pm

The Department of Health confirms 1,061 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the national tally to 435,413.

Of the confirmed cases, 27,642 are active. There are 10 more deaths and 328 new recoveries.

December 3, 2020 - 11:33am

The US death toll from the coronavirus surpassed 2,700 in one day as of Wednesday evening, the highest since April, Johns Hopkins University says.

The new tally of 2,731 fatalities raises the overall known death toll in America to 273,181 since the pandemic started late last year. 

The number of new infections over the past 24 hours was 195,121, the university says.  — AFP

December 3, 2020 - 9:54am

A monitor says the number of people being treated in US hospitals for COVID-19 topped 100,000 for the first time on Wednesday.

"There are 100,226 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in the US  -- the first time hospitalizations have exceeded 100k," the COVID Tracking Project says in a tweet. — AFP 

December 2, 2020 - 4:13pm

The Department of Health reports 1,438 additional cases of the coronavirus disease, bringing the total number of COVID-19 infections in the Philippines to 434,357.

Of these, 26,916 are active cases. There are 18 new fatalities and 232 more recoveries.

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