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World coronavirus updates: Global cases top 16 million

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

The number of novel coronavirus cases surpassed 16 million globally early Sunday, per Johns Hopkins data.

By the numbers: More than 644,500 people have died from the virus worldwide, per Johns Hopkins data. Over 9.2 million have recovered.


  • Brazil has the world's second-highest number of deaths (over 86,400) and infections (almost 2.4 million) after the U.S., which has reported over 146,400 deaths and over 4.1 million cases.

What's happening: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ordered Kaesong City, near the border with South Korea, be placed on lockdown and declared a "maximum emergency" Sunday because of a suspected coronavirus case.

  • Indonesia has seen over 1,000 new recorded novel coronavirus cases each day for the past three weeks, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said in a Friday report, citing Johns Hopkins data.
  • In England, face coverings are mandatory in supermarkets, stores and public transit hubs as of Friday, the government said. But, pubs, gyms and restaurants are exempt from the order. Face masks are not required for those under age 11.
  • Human-generated seismic vibrations have dropped as much as 50% as lockdowns continue.

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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