Eight million cases of coronavirus were recorded last month as countries such as Brazil and India reported a surge in cases. There are now 18,247,451 cases of the virus worldwide but Andrew stated of that number, over 12 million have now recovered. He said: “Of the 18m COVID-19 cases worldwide, so far, 12m+ have been ‘closed’, by which is meant 11.5m recovered and <700,000 died.”
Within the 700,000 deaths, the US and Brazil have recorded the highest numbers of fatalities recording 158,365 and 94,130 respectively.
With the US recording one of the highest mortality rates in the world, Democrat and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi criticised the White House’s response to the virus.
Specifically, Ms Pelosi attacked the lead member of the US task force against the virus, Deborah Birx.
According to Politico, Ms Pelosi spoke with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows last week where she criticised the White House adviser.
She said: “Deborah Birx is the worst.
“Wow, what horrible hands you’re in.”
While the US continues to battle the first wave of the outbreak, Australia has been forced to reintroduce measures amid a spike in coronavirus cases.
The state of Victoria has declared a state of disaster and issued restrictions on the movement of the public.
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“It’s the only way we’ll get to the other side of this.
“We have got to limit the amount of movement, therefore limiting the amount of transmission of this virus.
“We have to clamp down on this.”
In England too, several areas have now been placed into localised lockdown due to a rise in cases.
In Lancashire, affected areas including Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle and Rossendale are now under lockdown restrictions.
In West Yorkshire, Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees, are also included.