Worldwide coronavirus deaths crossed the 500,000 mark on Sunday, with over a quarter of all deaths occurring in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The tragic milestone came after India and Russia added thousands of new COVID-19 cases and waves of new infections hit several states in the United States, pushing the global number of infections beyond 10 million.
The United States remained the No. 1 nation in both confirmed infections and deaths, with 2.5 million cases and over 125,000 deaths, according to the university’s tally.
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New York has so far recorded the highest death toll in the United States, with over 31
Multiple states – including Florida, Texas and Arizona – set new one-day records for infections on Saturday, with Florida reporting 20 percent of all new cases reported in the United States.
Brazil, where coronavirus infections were still on the rise, ranked second to the United States in both confirmed cases and total deaths, with 1.3 million infections and over 57,000 deaths.
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To complete the top five nations with deaths were the United Kingdom (43,500); Italy (34,700); and France (29,700). Italy, once the epicenter of the European epidemic, on Saturday recorded the lowest daily count of deaths from COVID-19 in almost four months: eight.
India reported over 16,000 deaths, with an additional 19,900 infections reported on Sunday, bringing the total to over 528,800 confirmed cases. Officials said over 309,700 people have recovered there.
Russia recorded over 6,700 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, bringing its confirmed infections to nearly 634,000, the third highest number in the world after the United States and Brazil. It reported just over 9,000 deaths.
Meanwhile, China did not report new deaths on Sunday, leaving the total reported at over 4,600 among over 84,700 confirmed cases.
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Experts have warned that these figures have significantly underestimated the true pandemic budget, due to limited tests and minor missed cases. They also questioned the reporting methods of some countries including China.
Dom Calicchio and Fox News’s The Associated Press contributed to this report.