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Worldwide coronavirus cases cross 13m mark

  • Published at 06:20 pm July 13th, 2020
File photo: People wearing face masks walk inside a subway station, following the an outbreak of the coronavirus, in Beijing, China June 15, 2020 Reuters

In Latin America, Brazil accounts for almost half of the continent's recorded fatalities

The novel coronavirus has so far infected 13,062,855 people worldwide on Monday, killing 572,232, pandemic data tracker website Worldometers figures show.

Infections have been reported in more than 213 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019. Some 7,611,219 people have recovered from the coronavirus.

The number of cases continue to rise as hard-hit countries ease lockdowns while making extensive alterations to work and social life that could last for a year or more until a vaccine is available.

Some countries are experiencing a resurgence in infections, leading authorities to partially reinstate lockdowns, in what experts say could be a recurring pattern in the coming months and into 2021, reports Khaleej Times.

Since the start of July, nearly 2.5 million new infections have been detected across the globe, with the number of cases doubling over the past six weeks, according to an AFP tally based on official figures.

The worst-hit country in the world, the US has suffered 137,787 deaths and over 3.4 million cases, with surveys showing Americans are unhappy with how Trump has handled the crisis.

And with cases surging in Latin America, the continent on Monday had officially declared a total of 144,758 deaths, passing the 144,023 recorded in the United States and Canada.

It now stands second only to Europe, where 202,505 people have died.

In Latin America, Brazil accounts for almost half of the continent's recorded fatalities. Meanwhile, Mexico has become the country with the fourth-highest number of Covid-19 fatalities in the world, climbing to a total of 35,006 deaths and surpassing Italy, reports AFP.

Although life in parts of Europe has been returning to some semblance of normality, authorities across the continent are worriedly watching dozens of areas where cases have resurged. 

Concerned by a spike in the town of Lerida in Spain's north-eastern Catalonia region, officials on Sunday ordered nearly 200,000 residents to stay home in the first such order since the country's lockdown ended on June 21. 

But early Monday, a local court suspended the measure as "contrary to law" despite concerns over the scale of the outbreak -- one of scores being monitored across badly-hit Spain, where the virus has killed more than 28,400 people.

Spike on US bases in Japan

Meanwhile in Japan, two US Marine bases on Okinawa island have been locked down after a spike in cases with dozens infected and local officials expressing "serious doubts" about the US military's containment efforts. 

Other restrictions were imposed on seven other Marine bases on the southern Japanese island where tens of thousands of US servicemen are stationed and where nearly 100 new cases have been detected in recent days. 

Fears of a second wave also forced South Africa to re-impose a nationwide curfew on Sunday, with President Cyril Ramaphosa warning the country faced a "coronavirus storm" that was "far fiercer and more destructive" than any before. 

With new infections topping 12,000 per day -- or 500 per hour -- South Africa has reimposed a night curfew as well as a ban on alcohol sales that was lifted barely six weeks ago.

The Philippines also moved to reimpose a two-week lockdown on some 250,000 people in Manila as new infections soared just six weeks after the capital emerged from one of the world's longest lockdowns.

Sri Lanka ordered government schools across the nation to shut Monday -- just a week after they reopened -- following a surge in new cases.

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