The number of confirmed global deaths from the novel coronavirus on Wednesday surpassed 300,000, as health experts continue to warn that reopening parts of the world too quickly could cause a second wave of infections.
More than 4.4 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported worldwide and roughly 300,070 people have died from it, according to a Johns Hopkins University database. Health experts say that the death toll could be higher given a lack of transparency from China and other countries.
In the U.S., more than 1.4 million individuals have contracted the virus and nearly 85,000 people have died from it. The United Kingdom, Spain and Italy have all confirmed more than 200,000 cases of the virus and more than 25,000 deaths caused by it. The death toll in the U.K. sits at about 33,600, making it the highest reported death count outside of the U.S.
Meanwhile, France has reported more than 178,000 confirmed cases of the virus and roughly 27,000 deaths.
Brazil has reported the highest number of cases of COVID-19 in South America. As of Wednesday, the country had confirmed about 196,000 cases of the virus and more than 13,500 deaths. The government said on Tuesday that 881 people had died from the disease in a 24-hour period, a new high in the country.
The novel coronavirus is believed to have originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December, before rapidly spreading throughout the world and causing numerous countries to impose quarantine measures.
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SOURCE: The Hill, Justin Wise