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More than 500,000 people have been killed by Covid-19. A quarter of them are Americans

June 29, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

More than half a million people have died from the coronavirus, representing a bleak milestone in the pandemic as cases continue to soar and outbreaks pop up across the world.

The latest death toll stands at more than 502,000, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, as cases continue to soar and outbreaks pop up in countries across the world.

The United States has the highest confirmed fatality count, having recorded at least 125,800 deaths -- just over a quarter of the global total as of Monday, according to JHU.

In the past few days, the Covid-19 crisis has deepened in the US, where only two states -- Connecticut and Rhode Island -- have recorded a recent decline in cases.

A rise in cases was reported across a staggering 36 US states last week.

In Florida, officials recorded 9,585 new cases on Saturday, a single-day record since the start of the pandemic.

On Sunday the state reported another 8,530 new cases.

Weeks after many US states began reopening after lockdown, at least a dozen have halted their plans to further ease restrictions.

Some governors have partially attributed their state surges to more widespread testing -- but former CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden told Fox News on Sunday that the increase in cases across the US' south was due to the country reopening too fast.

In China, around 400,000 people in Anxin county near Beijing have been placed under lockdown measures after a small increase in cases in the area.

Elsewhere, India has recorded more than 100,000 new Covid-19 infections in the past six days as cases surge across the country.

Health officials recorded 75 positive results on Sunday, the state's largest single-daily increase in cases since March 30.

Victoria's health officials have mounted a "testing blitz" in the state and say they have conducted 53,000 tests in the area since the process began on June 25.

Authorities have recorded 866 Covid-19 cases over the past two weeks in Leicester, according to the PA news agency.

Cases also continue to rise in Latin America, one of the key drivers behind the record rise in global cases over the past several weeks.

Brazil reported 30,476 new cases in 24 hours on Sunday.

The country has recorded more than 1. 3 million cases, yet reopening continues in cities including Rio de Janeiro.

In Mexico, the president announced that the nation's capital, Mexico City, would gradually begin to reopen on Monday, even though another 4,050 new cases were reported Sunday.

Both Colombia and Peru also reported surging cases.

Colombia's case tally is now at 91,995, and on Sunday officials recorded 167 new deaths, the highest daily death toll reported by the country since the beginning of June.

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