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Coronavirus cases hit 17 million worldwide after setting new single-day record

Coronavirus cases hit 17 million worldwide after setting new single-day record
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Worldwide coronavirus cases surpassed 17 million late Wednesday, just hours before the six-month anniversary of the World Health Organization’s declaration of a global health emergency.

According to public health data compiled by Johns Hopkins University , there were 17,031,281 confirmed infections as of 11 p.m. PT, while the death toll around the world has surpassed 667,000 people.

It took four days to climb from 16 million cases to 17 million, and the 10-million mark was reached roughly a month ago. By contrast, it took just over two months for cases to grow from 3 million to 10 million.

According to Johns Hopkins, Wednesday marked a new record in the number of global infections reported in a single day, at over 289,100.

Several countries reported their highest ever daily totals Wednesday, including Brazil, India, Japan, Australia, Uzbekistan, and Morocco. Others, including Colombia and Venezuela, saw their records shatter within the past few days before dropping only slightly.
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