International Coronavirus Circumstances Cross 60 Million Infections – Reuters Tally By Reuters

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By Shaina Ahluwalia

(Reuters) – The number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide hit 60 million on Wednesday, according to a Reuters tally, with the pace of new infections accelerating and the US reporting a record number of hospitalizations.

Officials in the United States, the worst-hit country in the world, urged Americans to stay home for the upcoming Thanksgiving Day as rising numbers of COVID-19 patients marginalized healthcare professionals.

The United States has reported 1 million new COVID-19 cases in less than a week. According to official data from Reuters, the reported infections are over 12.5 million and the death toll is 260,000.

Globally, infections were 60.005 million and deaths were 1.4 million. (Graphic: https://tmsnrt.rs/3q38VSH)

An analysis of Reuters data found that the rate of new infections is increasing worldwide. It took just 17 days to go from 50 million cases to 60 million, compared to the 21 days it took to go from 40 million to 50 million cases. Around 580,000 cases were reported daily over the past week, and around half of all cases since the pandemic started were reported in the past 70 days. (Graphic: https://tmsnrt.rs/366qPfc)

In Europe, 1 million new cases were registered in just five days, totaling more than 16 million cases, including 365,000 deaths.

Governments across Europe are fighting to curtail public life and allow families to celebrate Christmas without causing further outbreaks.

While a national lockdown in England is slated to end next week, Germany, Spain and Italy have all announced restrictions on the holiday season, including restrictions on house guests.

The Latin America region has the highest number of reported deaths in the world, accounting for around 21% of all global cases and over 31% of all deaths reported worldwide. (Graphic: https://tmsnrt.rs/33cHDzp)

Brazil joined the United States and India last week and is the only country to have more than 6 million infections. Brazil has the second highest death toll in the world with nearly 170,000 confirmed deaths.

While India remains the second worst-hit country in the world with nearly 9.2 million cases, it has continued to report a slowdown in new cases in recent weeks. In the past week, an average of around 44,000 cases per day were reported, well below the high of almost 97,900 cases in mid-September.

Countries in the Asia-Pacific region like China, South Korea, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand had shown how quick, local and intrusive steps can be to clear outbreaks.

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