Brazil deaths exceed known China toll as US coronavirus infections pass 1 million


More than 1 million people in the United States have been infected by the coronavirus as of Tuesday, a mark that comes as some states begin to ease lockdowns.

The U.S. has recorded more than 56,000 deaths due to COVID-19, according to NBC News’ tally. Worldwide, over 3 million people have been sickened and more than 212,000 have died.

Some parts of the U.S. have shown indications of a leveling off of new cases and deaths. That has, in turn, sparked greater calls — particularly from supporters of the Trump administration — to push for governors to begin reopening stores and public spaces.

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But health professionals warn that coronavirus cases could easily spike again if proper social distancing is not maintained.

President Donald Trump said Monday that the effort to expand testing is being done with the private sector to “help local governments get this horrible plague over with and over with fast.”

Meanwhile, Brazil’s total number of confirmed deaths has now overtaken the WHO’s figure for China as cases accelerate in Latin America’s biggest country.

The number of deaths in Brazil has now passed 5,000.

Known global death toll exceeds 215,000. According to the Johns Hopkins researchers, at least 3,110,219 people have been infected worldwide and at least 216,808 have died since the outbreak began.

Report said the numbers are likely to be significant underestimates due to suspected underreporting and differing testing and recording systems around the world.

The US confirmed coronavirus cases which had passed one million mark, accounting for a third of cases worldwide, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.