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Worldwide COVID-19 cases surpass 700,000 Updated: 2020-03-30 10:47:22 KST

The number of COVID-19 cases worldwide surpassed the 700-thousand mark on Sunday, with more than 33-thousand people dead.
In Spain, 838 people died from the virus on Sunday, raising the total death toll to over 65-hundred, with the numbers continuing to rise.
Among the over 70-thousand confirmed cases in the country, at least 500 police officers are confirmed to have been infected in Madrid.
Late last week, Spain's Princess Maria Teresa of Bourbon-Parma also became the first royal to die from COVID-19 at the age of 86.
In Italy, despite the number of confirmed cases still being in the thousands every day, the numbers seem to be on a slight decline.
After seeing an infection rate of over 10-percent during the past week, it saw its rate drop to the 5-percent range on Sunday.
However, with the nation now surpassing 10-thousand deaths, its 11-percent fatality rate is the highest anywhere in the world.
In Japan, the island nation is seeing its new daily confirmed cases in the hundreds for the third straight day.
Many have criticized the transparency of Japan's reports, with the sudden rise in the numbers coinciding with last week's announcement of postponing the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The United States continues to see its infection numbers rise, with the latest numbers topping 135-thousand.
With hundreds dying in each day, the death toll is closing in on 24-hundred.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. could see over a million infections, and at least 100-thousand deaths.
With little to no slow down in the number of infections,.. the number of COVID-19 cases worldwide is on pace to surpass one million this week.
Lee Seung-jae, Arirang News.
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