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Global COVID-19 Cases Now Over 1 Million, Number Grows Daily

The COVID-19 pandemic has been rapidly growing across the world. The disease took only over three months to spread to every corner of the globe and infect 1.2 million people since its discovery in China. 

It is just the first week of April but the number of cases has already become 10 times higher than records in the past month. Data on March 5 showed that there were 96,888 cases of COVID-19 worldwide, Live Science reported

"As we enter the fourth month since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, I'm deeply concerned about the rapid escalation and global spread of infection," World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters, as quoted by Business Insider. "Over the past five weeks, we have witnessed a near exponential growth in the number of new cases reaching almost every country, territory and area."

In the U.S., the new epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers warned that thousands more cases may come in the coming months. Modeling studies showed that nationwide shutdowns and social-distancing measures may not significantly slow down the spread of the coronavirus. 

Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, backed the studies saying up to 200,000 people in the U.S. could die because of the pandemic. But that is far lower than what other scientists predict. 

Deborah Birx, lead coordinator of the White House's coronavirus task force, said COVID-19 may kill between 1.6 million and 2.2 million people across the U.S. if the country fails to contain the virus, the New York Times reported. Other health officials said easier access to diagnostic testing may help in the fight against the coronavirus. 

The U.S. is not the only country at risk of the impact of COVID-19. The WHO director-general said developing countries, like those in Africa, Central America and South America, need international support to prevent new infections. 

Tedros added that mitigation efforts should also focus on economic, social and political collapse during the COVID-19 pandemic, Business Insider reported.

"It's critical that we ensure these countries are well-equipped to detect, test, isolate and treat cases and identify contacts," he said. "I'm encouraged to see that this is occurring in many countries despite limited resources."

Coronavirus COVID-19 New York, USA - Mask People line up outside Elmhurst Hospital to get tested due to coronavirus outbreak on March 24, 2020 in Queens, New York City. New York City has about a third of the nation’s confirmed coronavirus cases, making it the center of the outbreak in the United States. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images) Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images

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