The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide reached 10 million on Sunday while the global death toll climbed to nearly 500,000, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. The number of global cases marks a major milestone in the spread of the virus, believed to have originated in China late last year. However, with testing still limited in some corners of the world, the actual number of global cases could be significantly higher. The United States continues to lead the world in the number of confirmed cases with more than 2.5 million and a death toll of 125,929, according to a NBC News’ tally.
Total Confirmed Cases: 10,006,980
Total Confirmed Deaths: 499,307
A timeline of the pandemic’s spread around the world as global COVID-19 infections hit the 10 million mark.
The animated graphic below shows how the world approached half a million COVID-19 deaths.
Source: Johns Hopkins
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