With restrictions gradually lifted, borders and businesses reopening and a hint of normalcy returning to people’s lives in many countries, it’s easy to forget that we’re still in the middle of a pandemic. And while the coronavirus outbreak appears to be under control (for now) in large parts of Europe, including former hotspots Italy and Spain, global infections are still on the rise, with a handful countries currently bearing the brunt of new infections.
According to the World Health Organization, daily new cases hit a new high of 183,020 on June 21, with Brazil (54,771), the United States (36,617) and India (15,413) accounting for almost 60 percent of newly confirmed cases on Sunday. The resurgence of new infections in the United States is particularly worrying, as parts of the American public appear to have moved past the COVID-19 pandemic, perhaps prematurely.
According to the WHO, more than 8.7 million cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed worldwide as of June 21, resulting in 461,715 deaths. As the following chart shows, the pandemic shows no signs of easing yet, even if many countries appear to have contained the first wave of infections.