Global coronavirus cases exceed 15 million: Reuters tally

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The official number of coronavirus cases at 15,009,213 is at least triple the number of severe influenza illnesses recorded annually, according to WHO data.

SYDNEY/LONDON – Global coronavirus infections surged past 15 million on Wednesday, according to a Reuters tally, with the pandemic gathering pace even as countries remain divided in their response to the crisis.

Globally, the rate of new infections shows no sign of slowing, according to the Reuters tally, based on official reports. The official number of coronavirus cases at 15,009,213 is at least triple the number of severe influenza illnesses recorded annually, according to World Health Organization data, while the death toll of more than 616,000 in seven months is close to the upper range of yearly influenza deaths.

In Brazil, more than 2.15 m illion people have tested positive including President Jair Bolsonaro, and more than 81,000 people have died. While Bolsonaro has played down the outbreak, its scale has made Brazil a prime testing ground for potential vaccines.

 

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