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Global COVID-19 deaths now more than 500,000, infections over 10 million

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The worldwide COVID-19 death toll have exceeded 500,000 as of Sunday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

As of early Sunday evening, the university’s count of coronavirus deaths reached 500,108, with more than 25 percent of the total taking place in the U.S and more than 11 percent in Brazil.

The U.S. has recorded at least 125,747 deaths, while Brazil has documented 57,070, followed by the U.K. with 43,634 deaths, or 8 percent of the total, and Italy 34,738 deaths, or almost 7 percent. 

The tragic milestone was met on the same day the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 around the world reached beyond 10 million.

Public health experts expect the numbers of actual cases and deaths to be higher.

The death toll comes as new cases continue to be confirmed in the U.S. and Brazil, together with Mexico, they accounted for half of all of the COVID-19 deaths in the past week. 

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