The number of coronavirus cases around the world has crossed the 20 million-mark – 20,090,541 to be specific, said the US-based Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.
While the death toll has reached 736,208. Reports claimed that COVID-19 cases rose 200-fold, and have doubled in six weeks, since mid-March.
The US accounted for the world’s highest number of infections and fatalities at 5,094,394 and 163,461, respectively.
South Africa: 563,598
However, the World Health Organisation insisted that there was still hope of conquering the pandemic. It has stressed it was never too late to take action to suppress the COVID-19 crisis that has gripped the planet.
“This week we’ll reach 20 million registered cases of COVID-19 and 750,000 deaths,” news agency AFP quoted WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as saying.
“Behind these statistics is a great deal of pain and suffering. Every life lost matters. I know many of you are grieving and that this is a difficult moment for the world. But I want to be clear: there are green shoots of hope and… it’s never too late to turn the outbreak around”, he added.
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