29 September 2020,   01:04
Worldwide COVID-19 infections top 20 million

COVID-19 infections surpassed 20 million people globally, according to Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering. It has now infected 20,020,679 worldwide, including 5,089,416 people in the U.S. The virus has killed 163,462 in the U.S. and 734,755 people worldwide.

The number of coronavirus cases is still rising in every region of the country. With 10,438 deaths, California is now the third U.S. state to register over 10,000 deaths after New York (32,781 deaths) and New Jersey (15,878 deaths). Texas has the fourth highest number of fatalities (9,230).

The World Health Organization currently estimates that 16% of people with COVID-19 are asymptomatic and can transmit the coronavirus, while other data show that 40% of coronavirus transmission is due to carriers not displaying symptoms of the illness.