COVID-19 Cases Exceed 8 Million Worldwide
by Nora McGreevy/Smithsonianmag.com
More than 8 million confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus have been reported worldwide as of June 15, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. According to the same data, more than 435,000 people have died and roughly 3.8 million people have recovered from the disease around the globe.
The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31, 2019 in Wuhan, China. It took until early May for worldwide cases of the illness to reach 4 million. It took just five weeks after that for the number of cases to double, reports Lisa Shumaker for Reuters.
As the world marks this bleak milestone, the number of reported COVID-19 cases continues to climb. “Although the situation in Europe is improving, globally it is worsening,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director general of the World Health Organization, at a press conference last week.
In a press conference Monday, the director general notes that for the past two weeks, more than 100,000 new cases have been reported almost every single day worldwide. “Even in countries that have demonstrated the ability to suppress transmission, countries must stay alert to the possibility of resurgence,” says Tedros.
The center of gravity of the COVID-19 outbreak is also shifting. While China and many European …read more: