The number of people infected with the novel coronavirus has topped 10 million globally, a tally by Johns Hopkins University showed Sunday.

The United States and Brazil topped the list with over 2.5 million and 1.3 million, respectively, with the two countries accounting for about a third of the world's total cases.

They are followed by about 633,000 in Russia, 528,000 in India and 311,000 in Britain. Japan has a total of some 18,000 confirmed cases.

The milestone came about six months after initial cases were first detected in the central Chinese city of Wuhan last December.

The global death toll from COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the virus, totaled over 499,000, with about 125,000 in the United States, 57,000 in Brazil and 43,000 in Britain, the U.S. university said.

The daily confirmed new cases in the United States have begun to increase notably as states reopened businesses and relax social distancing measures.

Similarly, infections in Brazil are continuing to show an upward trend.

China's total infections and death toll came to some 84,000 and 4,600, respectively, according to the tally.

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