Photo: Covid-19 claims over 500,000 lives, global cases cross 10 million

It took four months for the Sars-CoV-2 pathogen that causes the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) to reach 1 million infections since it first surfaced in the Chinese city of Wuhan in late 2019 . Since then, the spread of the coronavirus has steadily accelerated across the world, compressing the time betwen a million new cases to a week now. The world as of latest count has recorded over 10.2 million cases and has lost a little over half a million lives to the pandemic. This most sombre milestone comes with a caveat, as many experts around the world believe the true number of infections may be several times higher.

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Crosses symbolising the ones who died from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) stand in front of the Brazilian National Congress during a protest against Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro in Brasilia on June 28. The world has passed a sombre milestone in its fight against the global pandemic --over half a million lives lost and 10.2 million cases and counting as of June 29. (Adriano Machado / REUTERS)

Crosses symbolising the ones who died from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) stand in front of the Brazilian National Congress during a protest against Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro in Brasilia on June 28. The world has passed a sombre milestone in its fight against the global pandemic --over half a million lives lost and 10.2 million cases and counting as of June 29. (Adriano Machado / REUTERS)

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An aerial view of people in cars lined up to be tested for COVID-19 in a parking lot at Dodger Stadium on June 26 in Los Angeles, California. The United States accounts for over a quarter of all live lost to the pandemic since it was first reported to the WHO by Chinese authorities in late December 2019. (Mario Tama / Getty Images / AFP)

An aerial view of people in cars lined up to be tested for COVID-19 in a parking lot at Dodger Stadium on June 26 in Los Angeles, California. The United States accounts for over a quarter of all live lost to the pandemic since it was first reported to the WHO by Chinese authorities in late December 2019. (Mario Tama / Getty Images / AFP)

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A couple embrace each other as they walk on Ocean Drive in Miami Beach, Florida on June 26. Economies battered by extended lockdowns have forced early easing in several parts of the world. But opening economies is fraught with the risk of renewed outbreaks in multiple US states this week where daily cases soared as people stepped out of confinement. (Chandan Khanna / AFP)

A couple embrace each other as they walk on Ocean Drive in Miami Beach, Florida on June 26. Economies battered by extended lockdowns have forced early easing in several parts of the world. But opening economies is fraught with the risk of renewed outbreaks in multiple US states this week where daily cases soared as people stepped out of confinement. (Chandan Khanna / AFP)

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A priest takes a break during a drive-in mass at the Silvio Pettirossi International Airport parking in Luque, near the Paraguayan capital on June 28. The pandemic has altered the nature of our public interactions which are now forced to adapt to distancing norms and mandatory alterations necessitated by the coronavirus for the foreseeable future. (Norberto Duarte / AFP)

A priest takes a break during a drive-in mass at the Silvio Pettirossi International Airport parking in Luque, near the Paraguayan capital on June 28. The pandemic has altered the nature of our public interactions which are now forced to adapt to distancing norms and mandatory alterations necessitated by the coronavirus for the foreseeable future. (Norberto Duarte / AFP)

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A man ride a bike past a coronavirus related mural by urban artists Mick Martinez and “Were Torres” depicting health care workers in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico on June 27. Responses to the coronavirus have varied across the world, defined initially in part by ideological stances but eventually following the needs of the medical urgencies presented by Covid-19. (Herika Martinez / AFP)

A man ride a bike past a coronavirus related mural by urban artists Mick Martinez and “Were Torres” depicting health care workers in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico on June 27. Responses to the coronavirus have varied across the world, defined initially in part by ideological stances but eventually following the needs of the medical urgencies presented by Covid-19. (Herika Martinez / AFP)

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Members of the LGBT community and supporters wear protective face masks attend a pride rally under strict health restrictions due to the coronavirus outbreak in Tel Aviv, Israel on June 28. The rally, like all public observances this year has been downscaled amid the coronavirus outbreak. (AP)

Members of the LGBT community and supporters wear protective face masks attend a pride rally under strict health restrictions due to the coronavirus outbreak in Tel Aviv, Israel on June 28. The rally, like all public observances this year has been downscaled amid the coronavirus outbreak. (AP)

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A member of the Australian Defence Force (L) takes a swab for a COVID-19 coronavirus test on a member of the public in Melbourne on June 27. Renewed surges in COVID-19 infections remain a looming threat raising fears of second waves in nations like Australia, Japan, China or New Zealand that have claimed to have contained the epidemic. (William West / AFP)

A member of the Australian Defence Force (L) takes a swab for a COVID-19 coronavirus test on a member of the public in Melbourne on June 27. Renewed surges in COVID-19 infections remain a looming threat raising fears of second waves in nations like Australia, Japan, China or New Zealand that have claimed to have contained the epidemic. (William West / AFP)

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Boys jump into a river to cool down after lockdown measures were lifted in Rabat, Morocco on June 26. In newly opened public spaces, every moment of outdoor intimacy is savored, marking the end of months of lockdown. But as the world slowly tires to get on with their lives more lockdowns and social distancing measures will always be around the corner as long as the virus is not contained. (Mosa'ab Elshamy / AP)

Boys jump into a river to cool down after lockdown measures were lifted in Rabat, Morocco on June 26. In newly opened public spaces, every moment of outdoor intimacy is savored, marking the end of months of lockdown. But as the world slowly tires to get on with their lives more lockdowns and social distancing measures will always be around the corner as long as the virus is not contained. (Mosa'ab Elshamy / AP)

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