The global COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating as cases shot past 16 million on Sunday. Four days ago on July 22, the number was 15 million. The global death toll is quickly approaching 650,000, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
The numbers are believed to be higher due to underreporting, testing shortages and those who didn’t present any symptoms and therefore weren’t aware they had and helped spread the virus.
The U.S. remains the nation with the highest number of cases and deaths, with over 4.2 million people sickened and nearly 147,000 killed.
It is expected that the GOP will release a new stimulus package to help bolster the U.S. economy, with hope that Congress will provide additional money for unemployment.