The world has surpassed 50 million confirmed coronavirus cases

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The world has surpassed 50 million confirmed coronavirus cases
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  • There are at least 50 million confirmed coronavirus cases across the globe.
  • With about 10 million of those cases, the United States makes up about a fifth of the world's total cases.
  • COVID-19 was declared a pandemic on March 11.

There are over 50 million confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide, according to the latest data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

With about 10 million cases, the United States is the country with the most confirmed coronavirus cases, followed immediately by India and Brazil. At least 230,000 people have died from the disease in the United States.

The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a pandemic on March 11.

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The coronavirus has killed more Americans than every war US troops have died in since 1945 combined, Business Insider's John Haltiwanger reported. The leading cause of death for Americans, heart disease, typically kills fewer than 650,000 people a year in the US.

The pandemic has created uncertainty and instability, leading to roiled markets, shuttering many small businesses nationwide, and forcing the world to adapt to a new normal.

For nearly nine months, people have been learning to live under once unfamiliar laws and recommendations from health officials. Quarantining, practicing social distancing, and wearing masks have become the relative norm in most countries.

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But as the numbers of confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths continue to rise, health officials say practices will remain the new norm well into 2021 and possibly 2022.

Meanwhile, scientists and pharmaceutical companies have been racing to create a vaccine to prevent COVID-19. But it will take more time to release safe and effective shots — and even longer to inoculate enough of the global population to achieve herd immunity.

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