Coronavirus Briefing: What Happened Today

Millions of children in the developing world are being forced to leave school and go to work.


By Lara Takenaga and Jonathan Wolfe

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Almost one million dead

In just 10 months, the coronavirus has killed nearly one million people around the world. At least 3,000 new deaths have been reported every day since July. And that’s just the official count, which far understates the true tally.

The virus has swept through nearly every corner of the globe, hitting both rich and poor countries with devastating force.

The United States continues to lead the world in cases, with more than seven million, and added over 313,000 over the past week. But India is quickly catching up: The nation topped six million infections today, with 587,000 recorded over the past week — more than any other country.

Developing countries are bearing much of the brunt of the virus now. In Myanmar, which had reported only several hundred cases by mid-August, infections have soared to 11,631. The nation’s testing rate is one of the lowest in the world, suggesting that the virus has been multiplying undetected, and its health care system remains woefully unprepared.

The virus is also surging in Indonesia, which has recorded 278,722 cases, adding more than 30,000 in the past week alone — on par with hot spots like Israel, Mexico and Britain. More than 10,000 people have died, making its death toll the second highest in the Asia-Pacific region, after India.

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