Global Death Toll From Coronavirus Tops 500,000

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Iain Martin   Forbes U.S. Staff

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The death toll from the pandemic has hit 500,000 as some regions face an uptick in cases, while some countries like the United States are still struggling to contain the first wave.

KEY FACTS

- Johns Hopkins University data shows that 500,000 people have died, and 10 million people were confirmed to have been infected with the virus.  

- The United States continued to lead the world in the number of confirmed cases of the virus as some governors started to reimpose lockdown measures with Florida, Nevada and Georgia reporting record daily cases.

- Authorities in China have put around 400,000 people in Anxin county, Hebei province, near Beijing, under lockdown after a recent surge in coronavirus cases in China’s capital, CNN reported.

- The shutdown of pubs, restaurants, and other businesses in Leicester, England, could be extended by two weeks in a local lockdown meant to control an upswing in cases in the last two weeks.

- Lockdown measures are also on the table in Victoria, Australia, which has reintroduced mandatory testing for travellers after logging 49 new cases on Sunday. 

- Amazon staff at six sites in Germany planned to strike Monday in protest over worker safety after the Verdi union claimed 30, 40 employees from logistics centres had been infected, Reuters reported.

KEYQUOTE 

"We are 4% of the world's population; we are 25% of the cases and the deaths," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in an interview with ABC News on Sunday.

KEY BACKGROUND

The world has changed radically in the seven months since the coronavirus was first detected in Wuhan, China. The true toll of the pandemic is likely to be dramatically higher than the 500,000 deaths to date, with the number of infections rising rapidly in some parts of the United States, Brazil and India. Regions of the world that have been successful at controlling the virus, or have brought cases under check, face the prospect of localized lockdown measures becoming a feature of life required to tackle new clusters, or outbreaks, until a vaccine has been developed.

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Iain Martin   Forbes U.S. Staff

I joined Forbes as the European News Editor and will be working with the London newsroom to define our coverage of emerging businesses and leaders across the UK and Europe. Prior to joining Forbes, I worked for the news agency Storyful as its Asia Editor working from its Hong Kong bureau, and as a Senior Editor in London, where I reported on breaking news stories from around the world, with a special focus on how misinformation and disinformation spreads on social media platforms. I started my career in London as a financial journalist with Citywire and my work has appeared in the BBC, Sunday Times, and many more UK publications.