30 July 2020
Coronavirus cases top 17 million worldwide

Coronavirus cases top 17 million worldwide

Jeon Hoen-Kyun / EPA / TASS

There are now over seventeen million confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University's Coronavirus Resource Center.

As of 11.00 GMT on July 30, there are 17,053,700 confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University's latest data. The virus has claimed the lives of over 667,600 people globally. More than 9.97 million patients have recovered.

The US is in first place worldwide in terms of confirmed coronavirus infections, with over 4.42 million, followed by Brazil (over 2.55 million cases), India (over 1.58 million cases), Russia (over 834,400 cases) and South Africa (over 471,100 cases).

The majority of deaths have been recorded in the US (over 150,700), Brazil (over 90,100), the UK (over 46,000) and Mexico (45,300).

Russian authorities reported 5,509 new cases of COVID-19 earlier today, bringing the country's infections total to 834,499. Moscow, Russia's most-affected region, has fully lifted its lockdown, along with 13 other regions, as new incidences of the disease have reportedly stabilized.

The coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, a mass disease caused by severe acute coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, in December 2019.

The coronavirus outbreak was officially recognized as a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11, 2020.

The spread of the infection has led to a global economic decline. Many companies have imposed mandatory work-from-home policies, while governments restricted movement across national territories and imposed strict mandatory quarantines for several months to contain the spread of the disease.

Multiple countries around the globe are lifting restrictions after bringing the spread of the virus under control. Some countries, such as Slovenia and New Zealand, announced the end of the COVID-19 epidemic at home in early June. Several airlines have restarted international flights, while cross-border travel is being gradually reintroduced in multiple regions.