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World reaches 400,000 virus deaths, 7.1 million cases worldwide

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Posted at 5:48 AM, Jun 09, 2020

The confirmed global death toll from the COVID-19 virus has surpassed at least 400,000.

The grim milestone was reached on Sunday. The United States makes up 1.9 million cases of the now over 7.1 million total cases worldwide.

As of Monday, the state of North Carolina has now more than 36,000 cases and hit a record high of hospitalizations.

Officials with Governor Roy Cooper's office says he will be getting a COVID-19 test on Monday. The governor went out and talked with some protesters recently and encourages anyone who has been in a crowd to get tested.

Virginia now has more than 51,000 cases with over 1,400 related deaths.

Right now, the World Health Organization is saying it’s rare for someone who is asymptomatic to infect others.

Globally, Brazil has broke with standard public health protocols by ceasing to publish updates of the number of deaths and infections. Brazil’s last official numbers recorded over 34,000 virus-related deaths, the third-highest toll in the world behind the U.S. and Britain.

While Brazil leader Jair Bolsonaro stoked his clash with health experts, Pope Francis has cautioned people in countries emerging from lockdown to keep following authorities’ rules. Francis says “don’t cry victory too soon.”

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