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More than 11 million coronavirus cases recorded globally as two more people confirmed dead in Ireland

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Health workers arrive on a bus to conduct a free medical checkup at a residential building in Mumbai, India (AP/Rafiq Maqbool)

Health workers arrive on a bus to conduct a free medical checkup at a residential building in Mumbai, India (AP/Rafiq Maqbool)

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Health workers arrive on a bus to conduct a free medical checkup at a residential building in Mumbai, India (AP/Rafiq Maqbool)

Global coronavirus cases exceeded 11 million on Friday, according to a Reuters tally, marking another milestone in the spread of the disease that has killed more than half a million people in seven months.

The number of cases is more than double the figure for severe influenza illnesses recorded annually, according to the World Health Organization.

In Ireland there is now a total of 25,498 confirmed cases after nine more people were reported today to have tested positive. There was also two more Covid-19-related deaths, meaning that 1,740 eople have now died with the virus in Ireland.

Many hard-hit countries are easing lockdowns put in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus while making extensive alterations to work and social life that could last for a year or more until a vaccine is available.

Some countries are experiencing a resurgence in infections, leading authorities to partially reinstate lockdowns, in what experts say could be a recurring pattern into 2021.

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The United States reported more than 55,400 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, a new daily global record as infections rose in a majority of states. Several U.S. governors halted plans to reopen their state economies in the face of a surge in cases.

Almost a quarter of the known global deaths have occurred in the United States - nearly 129,000.

Latin America, where Brazil has 1.5 million cases, makes up 23pc of the global total of people infected. India has become the new epicenter in Asia, rising to 625,000 cases.

Asia and the Middle East have around 12pc and 9pc respectively, according to the Reuters tally, which uses government reports.

In some countries with limited testing capabilities, case numbers reflect a small proportion of total infections. Roughly half of people reported to have been infected are known to have recovered.

Worldwide, there have been more than 520,000 fatalities linked to the disease so far, roughly the same as the number of influenza deaths reported annually.

The first death linked to the new coronavirus was reported on Jan. 10 in Wuhan in China, before infections and fatalities surged in Europe, then the United States, and later Russia.

The pandemic has now entered a new phase, with India and Brazil battling outbreaks of over 10,000 cases a day, putting a major strain on resources.

Countries including China, New Zealand and Australia have experienced new outbreaks in the past month, despite largely quashing local transmission.

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