Worldwide coronavirus cases top 12 million

Girls wearing face shields wait for their parents before entering a zoo on the outskirts of Quito, Ecuador on Wednesday. Photo: AP

( coronavirus cases have passed 12 million, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University, as evidence mounts of the airborne spread of the disease that has killed more than half a million people in seven months.
The number of cases is triple that of severe influenza illnesses recorded annually, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Many hard-hit countries were easing lockdowns put in place to slow the spread of the novel virus, while others, such as China and Australia, implemented another round of shutdowns in response to a resurgence in infections. Experts say alterations to work and social life could last until a vaccine is available.

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