Over 10 million coronavirus cases registered worldwide: AFP tally

People wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walk by a decoration outside a shopping mall in Beijing Sunday

While the overall death rate has flattened in recent weeks, health experts have expressed concerns about record numbers of new cases in countries including the US, India and Brazil, as well as new outbreaks in parts of Asia.

Global coronavirus cases now exceed 10 million and more than half a million people have died from the respiratory disease, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Europe remains the hardest hit continent with 2,637,546 cases including 195,975 fatalities, while the United States has 2,510,323 infections including 125,539 deaths.

The rate of infections worldwide has doubled since May 21, with one million new cases recorded in just the last six days.

Florida's Republican Governor Ron DeSantis has conceded there has been an "explosion" in new cases. The United States accounts for about a quarter of all deaths. A man who had been at the Flamingo Club a week ago tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, and five others with him also tested positive.

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European leaders were taking no chances, trying to tamp down new clusters.

Britain's government is pledging to support local officials in the central English city of Leicester amid reports that a spike in COVID-19 cases could prompt authorities to lock the city down. Now, as many countries ease restrictions in the hope of restarting their economies, new outbreaks are emerging. Total infections are at 509,000, with more than 15,600 deaths.

The most affected countries are the US, Brazil, Russia and India, standing at more than 2.5 million, 1.3 million, 600,000 and 500,000 cases respectively.

Africa's confirmed COVID-19 cases continued to rise to a new high of more than 371,000, including 9,484 deaths.

Beijing temporarily shut a huge wholesale food market where the virus spread widely earlier this month, re-closed schools and locked down some neighborhoods.

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