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World coronavirus updates: Global case top 18 million

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Axios Visuals

The number of novel coronavirus cases surged past 18 million on Sunday night, Johns Hopkins data shows.

By the numbers: More than 688,300 people have died from COVID-19 worldwide, per Johns Hopkins. Over 10.6 million have recovered.


  • Brazil has the world's second-highest number of deaths from COVID-19 (over 94,100) and infections (more than 2.7 million) after the U.S., which has reported more than 154,800 deaths and almost 4.7 million cases.
  • Mexico on Saturday surpassed the United Kingdom to become the nation with the third-most coronavirus deaths. Mexico reported 47,472 deaths in total, while the U.K. had confirmed 46,278.

What's happening: A sudden surge in new cases in parts of Europe is jeopardizing the continent's progress in containing the virus, as authorities say young people are going to bars and ignoring social-distancing rules.

  • India's COVID-19 case numbers surged past 1.7 million on Sunday, as the Ministry of Health reported 54,730 new infections.
  • In parts of Africa, a stigma surrounding the virus is leading people to avoid testing, hindering the continent's ability to control the pandemic.
  • In Australia, Victoria's premier declared a disaster Sunday and imposed fresh lockdown measures — including a nightly curfew for the city of Melbourne — as coronavirus cases continued to surge in Australia's second-most populous state.
  • In Germany, police said Saturday night at least 18 officers were injured while trying to disperse a large crowd protesting the country's coronavirus lockdown measures in Berlin.
  • Japan is recording many more cases now than during its first wave in March and April, Axios' Dave Lawler reports.

Between the lines: Policy responsesto the crisis have been every-country-for-itself and — in the case of the U.S. and China — tinged with geopolitical rivalry. But the scientific work to understand the virus and develop a vaccine has been globalized on an unprecedented scale.

Coronavirus symptoms include: Fever, cough, shortness of breath, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headaches, sore throat and a loss of taste or smell.

Editors note: The graphic includes "probable deaths" that New York City began reporting on April 14. This article has been updated with new details throughout. Check back for the latest. 

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