Number of confirmed COVID-19 cases passes 40 million

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the world has now passed 40 million according to Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University has put global coronavirus cases at 40,063,546 as of 10:00 UTC on Monday.

The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases around the world has surpasses 40 million, but experts say that is only the tip of the iceberg.

The U.S. on Friday also reported the highest number of new coronavirus cases in one day since July, and according to CNN, "there is almost no place in America where COVID-19 case counts are trending in the right direction". As of Monday, the USA reported a seven-day average of 162 cases per 1 million people, compared to 187 per million in Europe, according to CNBC.

The analysis also found increases in newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 in 40 states plus Puerto Rico, increases in the daily positivity rate of COVID-19 tests in 27 states and increases in daily COVID-19 death tolls in 17 states.

"However, states should continue to provide detailed reports on COVID-19 cases, testing, hospitalizations, and mortality by age and race/ethnicity so that the effects of COVID-19 on children's health can be documented and monitored", the report said. New York's new round of virus shutdowns zeroes in on individual neighbourhoods, closing schools and businesses in hot spots measuring just a couple of square miles.

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The number of new daily infections in the United States has been trending up again since mid-September. Fourteen states reported zero pediatric deaths from the disease, according to the report.

Dr Anthony Fauci, the United States government's top infectious-disease expert, said Americans should think hard about whether to hold Thanksgiving gatherings next month. In May, Slovenia became Europe's first to declare its epidemic over after the rate of new cases slowed to only a few daily. The AP writes that "the global increase in recent weeks has been driven by a surge in Europe".

California has the most cases of any USA state, with more than 879,000 people diagnosed, according to Johns Hopkins data.

A COVID-19 outbreak at a privately-owned nursing home in northwestern Kansas has killed at least 10 residents, officials said. France and Belgium have imposed similar curfews.

There are more than 170 vaccines around the world that are candidates for Covid-19 and tracked by the World Health Organization, but none has been approved for general use yet. That suggests the vast majority of the world's population is still susceptible to the virus. Experts like Dr. Antony Fauci say that it will be much more hard to stop the spread of COVID-19 as people move activities indoors during colder weather. The institute warns that an additional 1 million people could die if health mandates are eased.

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