The number of global coronavirus cases surpassed 10 million on Sunday marking a major milestone in the spread of the COVID-19 disease that has so far killed almost half a million people in seven months.

The numbers are on the rise as some countries are experiencing a resurgence in infections, leading authorities to partially reinstate relaxed lockdowns. Experts expect this pattern to recur in the coming months and into 2021, reports Reuters.

North America, Latin America and Europe each account for around 25% of cases, while Asia and the Middle East have around 11% and 9% respectively, according to the Reuters tally, which uses government reports.

There number of deaths caused by the disease is more than 497,000.

India and Brazil is witnessing of over 10,000 cases a day, putting a major strain on resources. Brazil reported a record 54,700 new cases on June 19. Some researchers said the death toll in Latin America could rise to over 380,000 by October, from around 100,000 this week.

The United States, which has reported the most cases at more than 2.5 million, managed to slow the spread of the virus in May, only to see it expand in recent weeks to rural areas and other places that were previously unaffected.

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