COVID-19 cases surpassed 400,000 worldwide on Tuesday, doubling in less than a week as the virus spreads more rapidly across the world.
The total number of cases now stands at 407,485 as of 1:30 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, according to data compiled by John Hopkins University. The virus emerged in Wuhan, China in December. It has since spread to most countries around the world, according to the World Health Organization.
Confirmed COVID-19 cases topped 200,000 last week. In the past three days, more than 100,000 new cases have been identified.
The virus has now killed more than 18,200 people around the world, while more than 104,200 people have recovered from the virus, according to Hopkins.
While new infections and deaths from the virus appear to be slowing in Italy, new cases surged Tuesday in Spain, where more than 6,000 new cases and over 500 new deaths were reported. In the U.S., new cases are nearing 50,000. However, U.S. officials say the true number of cases in the country is likely much higher. Testing in the U.S. has been hampered by delays and a restrictive diagnostic criteria that limits who can get tested.
WHO officials said Monday that the spread of COVID-19 is picking up speed around the world.
“The pandemic is accelerating,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a press briefing from the organization’s Geneva headquarters. “It took 67 days from the first reported case to reach 100,000 cases, 11 days for second 100,000 cases, and just four days for the third 100,000 cases.”
Global infections topped 300,000 on Saturday, three days ago, according to Hopkins data.
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