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XINHUA

The total number of confirmed covid-19 cases in the Americas has crossed the 10 million mark, accounting for over half of the global tally, according to data released by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday, Aug. 7.

As of 10 a.m. CET (0800 GMT) on Friday, 154,118 new covid-19 cases had been reported in the Americas during the past 24 hours, taking the total tally to 10,135,322, which took up more than 50 percent of the global tally — 18,902,735.

And as of Sunday, Aug. 9, Mexico, with, according to the Health Secretariat, more than 475,000 confirmed cases and 52,000 deaths — which works out to a fatality rate of 11 percent, one of the highest in the world — now ranks in third place among infections worldwide, after the United States and Brazil.

As of Friday, the United States has reported more than 4,781,612 cumulative confirmed cases, and Brazil 2,859,073.

The number of cumulative confirmed cases-19 cases in  Peru and Chile have surpassed 350,000.

With the daily increase of new confirmed covid-19 cases in the Americas exceeding 100,000 ever since July 9, the region has been regarded by the WHO as a new epicenter of the pandemic.

The number of cumulative confirmed cases-19 cases in  Peru and Chile have surpassed 350,000.

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