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Global COVID-19 infections surpass 40 million Updated: 2020-10-19 10:00:32 KST

COVID-19 has now infected over 40 million people worldwide, since the first cases were identified in Wuhan, China last December.
The death toll currently stands at over 1.1 million, with a mortality rate of 2.8 percent.
With an average of one million cases being reported every three days, the world is seeing some of the biggest single day jumps since the initial outbreak, with numbers exceeding 400-thousand in a single day on Friday, for the first time ever.
Among the worst hit countries in the world, the U.S. remains at the top with over 8.3 million cases and 224-thousand deaths.
The worst may yet to come for the U.S., as the nation’s top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci warned last week, that the country is "facing a whole lot of trouble" heading into the winter months.
According to data by Johns Hopkins University, average daily cases were already up by more than 5-percent in 36 states and the District of Columbia.
Europe continues to see its infections reach all-time highs, including Italy,which registered 10,925 cases on Saturday, surpassing its previous record posted the day before.
France and Germany also reported record daily cases on Saturday, as new restrictions went into effect.
France reported over 32-thousand cases in a 24 hour span, as the country deployed 12-thousand extra police officers to enforce their latest quarantine measures.
The continent is seeing the fastest increase in COVID-19 cases, and has so far seen over 6.7 million cases and more than 237-thousand deaths.
Lee Seung-jae, Arirang News.

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