Global cases of the novel coronavirus neared 7 million on Sunday, as case numbers surge in Brazil and India, World tally now stands at 6,953,808 according to John Hopkins University tally.
In Africa, South Africa leads with more than 45 thousand confirmed cases follow by Egypt with above 32 thousand cases followed by Nigeria, to be specific, these three countries have recorded 45,973, 32,612, and 12,233 confirmed cases respectively.
South Africa also has the highest number of deaths due to the infection with 952 so far.
In the world, 30% of COVID-19 cases, or 2 million infections, are in the United States, though the fastest growing outbreak is in Latin America, which now accounts for roughly 16% of all cases.
Globally, deaths from the novel coronavirus have also surpassed 400,000, in total 401,087 Fatalities.
The United States accounts for about one-quarter of all fatalities but deaths in South America are rapidly rising.
The number of deaths linked to COVID-19 in just five months is now equal to the number of people who die annually from malaria, one of the world’s most deadly infectious diseases.
The first COVID-19 death was reported on Jan. 10 in Wuhan, China but it was early April before the death toll passed 100,000, according to the Reuters tally of official reports from governments. It took 23 days to go from 300,000 to 400,000 deaths.
The United States has the highest death toll in the world at almost 111,000. Fatalities in Brazil are rising rapidly and the country may overtake the United Kingdom to have the second-largest number of deaths in the world.
The total number of deaths is believed to be higher than the officially reported 400,000 as many countries lack supplies to test all victims and some countries do not count deaths outside of a hospital.