August 12, 2020 -- The total of number of confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide went over the 20 million mark on Tuesday, the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center reported.
The number of us cases has grown exponentially since the virus was first reported in China about 6-and-a-half months ago.
Total cases hit the 1 million mark on April 2, CNN reported. Ten million cases were recorded in late June. It took less than 6 weeks to double that figure as case counts surged in the United States and Latin America.
The number of cases is probably much higher because of testing limitations and a high number of infected people who show no symptoms.
Deaths have also gone up. More than 737,000 have people died worldwide, Johns Hopkins said.
The nations with the most cases are the United States (almost 5.1 million with more than 163,000 deaths), Brazil (3 million cases and 101,000 deaths), India (2.2 million cases and 45,000 deaths), Russia (895,000 cases and 15,000 deaths), and South Africa (563,000 cases and 10,600 deaths).
Africa recorded its 1 millionth case last week. The 7-day average of new cases has been more than 250,000 for two weeks, CNN said.
On Monday, World Health Organization Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged governments to take stronger steps to suppress the virus.
Speaking at a media briefing before the 2 millionth case was announced, he said countries such as France, Germany, the Republic of Korea, Spain, Italy, and the United Kingdom had major outbreaks but were able to contain them.
"I know many of you are grieving and that this is a difficult moment for the world," he said. "But I want to be clear, there are green shoots of hope and no matter where a country, a region, a city or a town is – it's never too late to turn the outbreak around."