Global coronavirus infections reached 10 million on Sunday, according to the Reuters report, marking a significant milestone in the spread of respiratory disease, which has killed nearly half a million people in seven months. According to the World Health Organization, this figure is approximately twice the number of serious influenza diseases recorded annually.
Some countries are experiencing a re-emergence in infections, leading the authorities to partially re-establish lockdowns, which experts say may be a recurring pattern in the coming months and 2021. North America, Latin America and Europe each account for around 25 per cent of cases, while Asia and the Middle East account for around 11 per cent and 9 per cent respectively, according to the Reuters report, which uses government.
Countries including China, New Zealand and Australia have seen new outbreaks in the past month, despite largely quashing local transmission. The United States, which has reported the most cases of any country at more than 2.5 million, managed to slow the spread of the virus in May, only to see it expand in recent weeks to rural areas and other places that were previously unaffected. In some countries with limited testing capabilities, case numbers reflect a small proportion of total infections. Roughly half of reported infections are known to have recovered.