U.S. virus cases surge as global infections pass 10 million

Coronavirus over 10 million cases worldwide almost 500 thousand deaths

Global coronavirus cases have exceeded 10 million on Sunday, according to a running tally by US-based Johns Hopkins University.

On Saturday the "Sunshine State" notched 9,585 cases in 24 hours, a new daily record.

The U.S. handling of the outbreak has drawn concern from overseas.

Florida's Republican Governor Ron DeSantis has conceded there has been an "explosion" in new cases.

Asia is also facing a surge in cases, particularly in India which has a total of 528,859 infections including 118,398 over the past seven days.

Pelosi said on Sunday the U.S.is "long overdue" for a nationwide mask-wearing requirement. "In fact, it's an ultra-marathon".

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar echoed this message on NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday. "We have to act, and people as individuals have to act responsibly".

But he acknowledged that hospitalizations and deaths could increase in the next few weeks.

The US leads the world in Covid-19 cases by far, accounting for well over a third of the global total of over 10 million since the virus emerged late past year in China. The death toll stands at 499,296. USA government experts last week estimated the US alone could have had 20 million cases. By mid-May, all 50 states had started to reopen, some at a faster pace than others. But in Hawaii, the city of Honolulu announced that campgrounds will reopen for the first time in three months with limited permits to ensure social distancing. So far, Britain has not targeted a specific region for a lockdown.

Some countries are experiencing a resurgence in infections, leading authorities to partially reinstate lockdowns, in what experts say could be a recurring pattern in the coming months and into 2021.

There is a serious concern regarding the steady rise in the number of COVID-19 positive cases all over the world. The pandemic has exposed wide inequalities in India, with public hospitals being overwhelmed by virus cases while the rich get expert treatment in private hospitals. The two countries accounted for over a third of all new cases in the past week, according to a Reuters tally.



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