Global coronavirus deaths surpass 800,000

Deaths related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic have now topped 800,000 globally.

Passengers board a Casco Bay Lines ferry bound for Peaks Island in Portland, Maine on July 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

The world hit the grim milestone today, August 22 as cases climb towards the 23 million mark, according to the Johns Hopkins University. Governments have been attempting to balance public health with economic health.

Officials believe the true numbers are far higher because of a lack of testing and reporting. In the US, the nation with the most infections, health officials believe there may be 10 times more cases than the confirmed 5.6 million. The US also leads the world in deaths, with more than 175,000.

The news comes as South Korea, once considered a coronavirus success story, banned large gatherings, shut nightspots and churches and banned fans from professional sports to slow a viral resurgence. Germany, which also initially slowed the virus, reported a four-month high of more than 2,000 cases on Saturday. Schools there reopened two weeks ago, and at least 41 schools this week reported students or teachers were infected.

In the US, schools have begun to reopen, with coronavirus outbreaks triggering sudden closings, quarantines and anxiety among parents.