The US health secretary Alex Azar has warned the "window is closing" for decisive action to curb the virus as cases there surge.

Iran PressAmerica: The US has most recorded deaths, with new cases surging amid growing concern the outbreak could spiral out of control.

Global coronavirus cases now exceed 10 million. The most recent numbers from Johns Hopkins show the death toll now stands at 501,206 since the first cases emerged in China late last year.

The US accounts for about a quarter of all deaths. Below are the five countries that have recorded the worst death tolls:

US stand in the first with 125,768 death, Brazil 57,622, UK 43,634, Italy 34,738 and France with 29,781 deaths are worst-hit countries.

South Africa's current surge of COVID-19 cases is expected to dramatically increase in the coming weeks and press the country's hospitals to the limit, the health minister said.

South Africa, a country of 57 million people, already has more than a third of the reported cases for all 54 countries in Africa, a continent of 1.3 billion people.

More than 4,300 people have been hospitalized out of South Africa's 138,000 confirmed cases, Health Minister Zwelini Mkhize warned this number is expected to rise quickly.

Beijing has ramped up coronavirus testing efforts and has tested about a third of the Chinese capital's population so far, a city official said, as authorities seek to control an outbreak stemming from a wholesale market in mid-June.

As of noon, Beijing had collected 8.29 million patient samples for testing and completed 7.69 million tests, Zhang Qiang, an official from Beijing's municipal committee, told a news conference.

The acting health minister for India's capital said that New Delhi, the epicentre of the country's outbreak, is facing a major challenge due to a shortage of "trained and experienced" healthcare workers, in an interview with AP news agency

With over 77,000 cases, New Delhi has been hit harder than any other Indian city. Infections had been projected to rise to half a million by the end of July in Delhi, the territory that includes the capital.

As the rate of infections slowed down, the number has been revised to 400,000, and Acting Health Minister Manish Sisodia said he was hopeful that it could be less.


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