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14 Apr 2022
COVID-19 Cases Hit Record 500 Million Cases Globally
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The world has hit yet another sobering milestone after countries across the globe reported half a billion COVID-19 cases on Tuesday.
The New York Times reported that even as 500 million cases were reported worldwide, out of which 200 million cases were recorded this year till date, the number of new cases have been falling steadily. According to researchers at the Johns Hopkins University, cases have currently plummeted by 34% with the present death rate dropping by 24%.
However, health officials around the world have contended that the true number of cases and deaths due to the coronavirus have likely far surpassed the current recorded figures due to a global reduction in testing and flaws in data assimilation.
The Biden administration on Wednesday also extended the COVID-19 public health emergency in the U.S. which would continue to give Americans access to tests, treatment and vaccines free of cost.