Coronavirus updates: Covid-19 death toll passes 500,000 worldwide

No letup as global coronavirus cases pass 10m

U.S. coronavirus cases surge, worldwide death toll exceeds 500,000

The U.S. has taken the hardest-hit with total diagnosed cases surpassing 2.5 million and deaths now more than one-hundred-25-thousand. That is down slightly from Sunday's record of 19,906, but still sign cases in the country are yet to subside.

Florida's Republican Governor Ron DeSantis has conceded there has been an "explosion" in new cases.

At the same time, 5,557,974 people from across the world have recovered fully from the infection or were discharged from treatment - which was 92% of cases which had an outcome.

Some European leaders are not taking any chances in preventing new clusters.

Swiss authorities ordered 300 people into quarantine after a so-called "superspreader" outbreak of the new coronavirus at a Zurich nightclub.

A death is classified as "probable" if the decedent was a city resident who had no known positive laboratory test for the coronavirus, but the death certificate lists "COVID-19" or an equivalent as a cause of death. This marks a fall of 13,396 compared to the previous day, which saw 176,568 new cases. The two countries accounted for over a third of all new cases in the past week, according to a Reuters tally.

The most affected countries are the US, Brazil, Russia and India, standing at more than 2.5 million, 1.3 million, 600,000 and 500,000 cases respectively.

In Europe, the number of cases recorded daily has stabilised over the past month at fewer than 20,000, but the World Health Organization has warned of a "significant resurgence" on the continent.

"The virus is hitting us very hard" in Latin America, Chilean Health Minister Enrique Paris said at a press conference Sunday.

Iran, which has struggled to curb its outbreak even as it gradually lifted restrictions from April, has launched a mask-wearing campaign.

In the last 24 hours, 30,476 new cases were reported, bringing the national count to 1,344,143, the Brazilian Health Ministry said in its daily report.

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