Story at a glance
- More than 202,000 recoveries have been tallied by Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 tracker since the coronavirus outbreak in late December.
- The United States has more than 216,000 cases with more than 8,600 recoveries.
- The worldwide death toll is nearing 50,000.
The number of coronavirus cases across the globe continues to climb and is nearing the 1 million mark as more than 960,000 cases have been confirmed as of Thursday. But, hundreds of thousands of recoveries have been confirmed as well, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
Johns Hopkins University coronavirus COVID-19 tracker has tallied more than 202,000 recoveries since the virus was first detected in Wuhan, the capital city of China’s Hubei province, in late December.
In the United States, which leads the world in confirmed coronavirus cases with more than 216,000, more than 8,700 patients have made recoveries so far.
China has seen more than 76,000 recoveries out of its more than 82,000 cases, while Italy has had more than 16,000 recoveries out of its more than 110,000 cases. Spain has tallied more than 26,000 patients who have recovered.
While the disease can cause varying degrees of illness and even death, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) say adults aged 65 and older, and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions such as heart and lung disease or diabetes, might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
But for the majority of people who become infected, the coronavirus brings only mild symptoms, such as cough and fever.
WHO says those that experience mild symptoms typically recover from the illness in about two weeks, while those who experience more severe illness could take up to six weeks to recover.
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But with recoveries in the hundreds of thousands, health officials say they are “deeply concerned” about the “rapid escalation and global spread” of COVID-19.
“Over the past five weeks, we have witnessed a near exponential growth in the number of new COVID-19 cases, reaching almost every country, territory and area,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Wednesday during a news briefing.
“The number of deaths has more than doubled in the past week. In the next few days we will reach 1 million confirmed COVID-19 case, and 50 thousand deaths,” he said.
The U.S. is continuing to grapple with the rapid spread of the virus, as more than 1,000 deaths were reported in a 24-hour period, moving its total death count to more than 5,000 as of Thursday.
The increase in deaths comes as President Trump and health officials warn of a “very painful” two-week period in which confirmed cases and deaths are expected to continue to increase. The White House on Tuesday warned that between 100,000 and 240,000 people could die from COVID-19 in the U.S. even if social-distancing requirements remain intact.
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