United States virus cases surge as global infections pass 10 million

  • United States virus cases surge as global infections pass 10 million

United States virus cases surge as global infections pass 10 million

On Saturday alone the United States recorded more than 43,000 new cases, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

New York, once the epicentre of the pandemic in the U.S., is now "on the exact opposite end", Governor Andrew Cuomo said, with the state reporting just five new deaths on Saturday, its lowest number since mid-March.

Infections are also up in some other parts of the world that have reopened, with Europe now registering over 2.6 million.

European leaders were taking no chances, trying to tamp down new clusters.

Germany renewed a lockdown in the western region of Guetersloh, which has a population of around 500,000 people, after some 1,300 slaughterhouse workers tested positive.

The number of new cases in the city was down by half from the day before, the National Health Commission reported. Health authorities warned they expect numbers to get worse in coming days and are considering further lockdowns.

Swiss authorities ordered 300 people into quarantine after a so-called "superspreader" outbreak of the new coronavirus at a Zurich nightclub.

Brazil is also seeing a rapid surge in cases with the number of daily confirmed cases topping 30-thousand. Now, as many countries ease restrictions in the hope of restarting their economies, new outbreaks are emerging.

In India, densely populated cities have been particularly hard hit. Total infections are at 509,000, with more than 15,600 deaths.

Beijing temporarily shut a huge wholesale food market where the virus spread widely earlier this month, re-closed schools and locked down some neighborhoods.

They were followed on the list of confirmed cases by Russian Federation with 634,437 cases, India with 548,318 cases, the United Kingdom with 310,254 cases, Peru with 275,989 cases, Chile with 271,982 cases, Spain with 248,469 cases, Italy with 240,136 cases, and Iran with 222,669 cases.

Africa's confirmed COVID-19 cases continued to rise to a new high of more than 371,000, including 9,484 deaths.