South Africa accounts for half of continent cases
Coronavirus infections across the world surpassed 15 million on Wednesday, while the death toll due to the disease crossed 6,16,000, according to a Reuters tally. The United States has the highest number of confirmed cases at 3.97 million, followed by Brazil with 2.17 million cases and India at 1.19 million cases.
President Donald Trump Tuesday encouraged Americans to wear masks if they cannot maintain social distancing and warned that the novel coronavirus pandemic would get worse before it got better, Reuters reported. His remarks were a change in strategy from his robust emphasis on reopening the US economy after its long virus-induced shutdown and represented his first recent ackowledgement of how bad the problem has become.
The United States is leading the world in terms of COVID-19 testing and India is at second position, President Donald Trump said while giving an update on his administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
So far more than 140,000 Americans have died due to coronavirus and 3.8 million have tested positive. While the US economy is slowly coming back to normal, the pandemic is now spreading in the Sun Belt of the country.
“As one family, we mourn every precious life that’s been lost. I pledge in their honour that we will develop a vaccine and we will defeat the virus. We’re doing very well with vaccine development and therapeutic development,” Trump said at a White House news conference on Tuesday, his first on coronavirus after several weeks.