Nearly 1 million people across the world have died since the start of the coronavirus pandemic and new outbreaks are continuing to crop up.
The World Health Organization has warned that a doubling of that number is “certainly unimaginable, but it’s not impossible,” if countries don’t work together to suppress the virus’ spread.
In the United States, India and Brazil — which account for more than half of all global cases — the pandemic shows no sign of slowing down.
The US, which surpassed 7 million cases on Friday, could see an explosion in Covid-19 infections as fall and winter set in, health experts warn. India, which hit 6 million cases on Monday, isn’t far behind — the country has recorded 5 million infections in the past two months alone. And the pandemic continues to roil South America. Though Brazil is the region’s worst-affected nation, with more than 4.7 million infections, Argentina, Colombia and Peru are recording thousands of new cases daily.
Several countries in Europe are also seeing an increasing trend in case numbers, after lockdown policies were lifted over the summer, contributing to a new surge. Second waves are underway in the United Kingdom, Spain and France.