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Worldwide coronavirus cases cross 14 million mark

Worldwide coronavirus cases cross 14 million mark

Worldwide coronavirus cases cross 14 million mark

More than 14 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and over 590,000 have died, according to global trackers on Friday.

Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019.

The number of recoveries crossed 8.3 million as on July 17.

The number of cases continue to rise as hard-hit countries ease lockdowns while making extensive alterations to work and social life that could last for a year or more until a vaccine is available.

Some countries are experiencing a resurgence in infections, leading authorities to partially reinstate lockdowns, in what experts say could be a recurring pattern in the coming months and into 2021.

EU leaders met face to face Friday to try to rescue Europe's economy from the ravages of the coronavirus pandemic, as India became the third country to record one million cases, joining Brazil and the United States.