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Global Report of COVID-19: Around 23 million Confirmed cases of the Novel Coronavirus

Close to 23 million confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus have been reported so far, with at least 8,00,000 deaths, according to data from the John Hopkins University.

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Published on 23 Aug 2020 7:41 AM GMT

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Close to 23 million confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus have been reported so far, with at least 8,00,000 deaths, according to data from the John Hopkins University. Officials believe that the numbers could be far higher because of discrepancies in testing and reporting.

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In the United States, which has the highest number of confirmed cases, health officials believe there may be 10 times more cases than the confirmed 5.6 million. The US leads the world in deaths, with more than 1,75,000 being reported till date.

Reopening of Schools in US:

Meanwhile, schools have begun to reopen in the US, with virus outbreaks triggering shutdowns, quarantines and anxiety among parents.

Schools across the United States are also facing shortages and long delays, of up to several months, in getting this year’s most crucial back-to-school supplies: laptops and other equipment needed for online learning, the Associated Press reported.

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As the school year begins virtually in many places because of coronavirus, educators nationwide worry that computer shortfalls will compound the inequities and headaches for students, teachers and families.

School districts are pleading with the Trump administration to resolve the issue, saying that distance learning without laptops will amount to no learning for some of the country’s most vulnerable students. There are no nationwide tallies on the number of laptops and other devices that schools are waiting for but the shortages and backorders are affecting school districts in more than 15 states.

Over 1,000 new cases recorded in Italy

Vacationers returning to the Italian mainland from Sardinia helped push Italy’s daily new coronavirus caseload past 1,000 on Saturday, reaching the high for the first time since early May, the Associated Press reported.

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Confirmed cases increased from 947 on Friday to 1,071 on Saturday, with many infections in travelers who were tested as they disembarked from airplanes or ferries.

Authorities in Lazio, the south-central region including Rome, said 45 per cent of its 215 new cases on Saturday were linked to discos or private parties on the Emerald Coast resort area.

Italy has over 2,58,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, with at lest 35,400 deaths.

Pakistan COVID-19 tally nears 3 lakh

Pakistan’s coronavirus cases on Sunday reached 2,92,765 after 591 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours, PTI quoted the health ministry as saying.

Four patients died in the last 24 hours, taking the number of fatalities to 6,235, according to the Ministry of National Health Services.

As many as 2,75,836 people have recovered while 696 patients are critical. The total number of active cases in the country is 10,694.

South Korea reports 397 new cases

South Korea reported 397 new cases to its coronavirus caseload in a 10th day of triple-digit increases, as the speed of the viral spread nears the levels last seen during the worst of the outbreak in spring, the Associated Press reported.

Australia battles with second wave of infections

Australia reported 17 more deaths from coronavirus on Sunday, but infections in the hard-hit state of of Victoria, the site of all the latest deaths, are showing a downward trend, Reuters quoted authorities as saying.

Other than Victoria, which accounts for over 80 per cent Australia’s COVID-19 deaths due to a second wave of infections, the country has largely avoided the high casualty numbers of many nations, with around 24,502 cases and 502 deaths.

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