Worldwide coronavirus cases top 500,000, doubling in just over a week

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COVID-19 cases surpassed 500,000 across the world on Thursday, doubling in just over a week.

The total number of global cases now stands at 510,108 as of 1:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The virus emerged in Wuhan, China, in December. It has since spread to most countries around the world, according to the World Health Organization.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases topped 200,000 last week. The virus has infected an additional 100,000 people around the world since Tuesday. The virus has now killed more than 22,290 people around the world, while more than 119,978 people have recovered from COVID-19, according to Hopkins.

China still accounts for the most infections in a single country, according to Hopkins, but Italy is not far behind with more than 80,500 confirmed cases. The U.S. has the third most cases of any country in the world with more than 75,200 confirmed cases, Hopkins’ data shows.

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