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Coronavirus UPDATES: Worldwide cases pass 12m as infections soar in US and Brazil

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide has past 12million as infections continue to surge in the US and Brazil.

More than 12.08 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 548,429 have died, according to a Reuters tally.

Brazil and the United States account for around 45% of all new cases since the beginning of July.

It comes as nearly 59,000 new COVID-19 infections were reported across the United States on Wednesday, the greatest single-day national tally of cases yet, and the death toll stands at 134,000.

Brazil has more than 1.7 million cases and nearly 68,000 deaths, with evidence showing the disease is spreading the fastest in Latin America.

Meanwhile…
Warning of serious coronavirus-related brain damage in people with mild symptoms

Scientists have warned of serious brain damage in those with mild coronavirus symptoms.

The warning of a potential wave of coronavirus-related brain damage came as new evidence suggests Covid-19 can lead to severe neurological complications.

A study by researchers at University College London (UCL) described 43 cases of patients with Covid-19 who suffered either temporary brain dysfunction, strokes, nerve damage or other serious brain effects.

The research adds to recent studies which also found the disease can damage the brain.

“Whether we will see an epidemic on a large scale of brain damage linked to the pandemic – perhaps similar to the encephalitis lethargica outbreak in the 1920s and 1930s after the 1918 influenza pandemic – remains to be seen,” said Michael Zandi, from UCL’s Institute of Neurology, who co-led the study.

— read full stories in the Mirror