COVID-19 cases surpass 2 million globally

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The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases have surpassed the two million mark globally, as numbers worldwide surge during the pandemic.

Half of the cases were recorded in Europe, according to a tally compiled by Agence France-Presse on Wednesday.

The report said, at least 2,000,576 infections, including 126,871 deaths, have been recorded.

Europe has the biggest record, with 1,010,858 cases and 85,271 fatalities.

The United States, where the virus is spreading most rapidly, registered 609,240 cases, and 26,033 deaths.

The tallies, using data collected by AFP from national authorities and information from the World Health Organization (WHO), probably reflect only a fraction of the actual number of infections, said the AFP.

Several countries are testing only the most serious cases, it said.

In the Philippines, government, on Wednesday, said the Department of Health (DOH) reported that cases nationwide surged to 5,453 with 230 new infections.

The DOH also reported a record-high 58 more patients recovering from the respiratory disease, bringing the total recoveries to 353.

Meanwhile, the DOH reported 14 new deaths for a total of 349./Stacy Ang

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