COVID-19: Number of global cases rises above 4mn

The global COVID-19 death toll has surpassed the 270,000 mark, while the number of cases from across the world was nearing 4 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

China, ground zero of the virus, registered 83,976 cases but has not recorded a single fatality since last week as its death toll continues to stand at 4,637.

Out of the over four million infections, the total recoveries 1,348,383 with 277,860 deaths.

Over 1.3 million of the cases are in the United States, well ahead of Spain, the country with the next most cases at 222,857.

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More than 50 percent of cases detected since the virus first emerged last December were now active on Sunday, the university's statistics showed. At the time, at least 92,000 people had tested positive for the disease across a handful of US states, more than 1,200 of whom had died.

The country - hardest hit by the pandemic in terms of the number of fatalities - has now confirmed a total of 1,283,829 cases, the Baltimore-based school reported. NY has experienced the gravest outbreak compared to any US state.

In recent days in Russian Federation confirmed 10 817 new cases of coronavirus in 84 regions. United Kingdom and Italy have seen over 30,000 deaths each, while Spain and France have clocked over 25,000 deaths.

  • Sonia Alvarado