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- The global number of fatalities associated with COVID-19 infections has hit an all-time high, approaching 750,000.
- Following closely behind the U.S., Brazil and India are both experiencing severe outbreaks.
The global count of fatalities associated with the coronavirus has come in at 702,045, a grim marker signaling the severity of the virus and pandemic.
Data collected from Johns Hopkins Wednesday shows that in addition to the growing death toll, the total number of confirmed infections worldwide has surpassed 18.6 million. The U.S. continues to lead the world in the number of infections, at almost 4.8 million. Consistently following the U.S. is Brazil, India, Russia and South Africa.
Other countries, such as those within Europe, were among the earliest hit by the pandemic, followed by the U.S. While the virus appears to have tapered down, some countries, like Spain, are seeing regional outbreaks and clusters of infections as the economy works to reopen and younger people venture back out into nightlife and bars, per NBC reporting.
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The U.S. has struggled to control the virus transmission, although wearing facial masks has become more publicly mainstream in most states.
The death toll in the U.S. stands at 157,186 nationwide. After the initial epicenter in New York City in April, the most afflicted counties now include Los Angeles; Miami-Dade, Fla.; and Maricopa, Ariz. Outbreaks seen in these regions are remnants of the most recent regional outbreak in the Sun Belt of the U.S.
Now, the virus appears to be gaining ground in the Southern and Midwestern states of the U.S., with states like Mississippi, Illinois, South Dakota, Oklahoma and Tennessee seeing surges, per the New York Times.
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