Global COVID count adds more than 37 million cases

The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center reported early Sunday that there are more than 37.2 million COVID-19 cases worldwide and more than one million deaths.

The United States, with more than 7.7 million coronavirus cases, leads the world in the number of COVID cases.

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However, public health experts expect India’s COVID cases to pass the US count. India reported a total of more than 7 million cases on Sunday.

India’s Health Ministry said on Sunday that 74,383 COVID cases had been recorded in the previous 24 hours.

A street vendor sells cheese, beans, and candy in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Friday, October 9, 2020. Many Brazilians are struggling to survive amid the COVID pandemic with less government help and a general price hike.

Brazil surpassed a grim milestone on Saturday, reporting more than 150,000 deaths from COVID-19, according to the Brazilian Ministry of Health. Only the death toll in the United States of more than 214,000 exceeds that of Brazil, according to statistics from Johns Hopkins.

Brazil’s far-right president Jair Bolsonaro has downplayed how deadly the virus is even as deaths in Brazil spiked and he became infected himself.

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The state of Victoria in Australia is cracking down on people who do not comply with its regulations for the coronavirus outbreak. Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said the mandatory quarantine will be extended by 10 days for close contacts of infected people if they refuse to be tested on the 11th day of isolation.

“This is just a double check, a triple check that you actually don’t have the virus yet,” Andrews said, quoted by The Associated Press.

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