Worldwide COVID-19 cases surpass 3 million, over 200k deaths

Coronavirus cases across the world crossed the 3 million mark Monday, with nearly one-third of them in the US, according to figures from the Johns Hopkins University.

More than 972,000 Americans have been sickened by the virus, which has spread to at least 185 countries and regions.

Monday’s grim milestone comes less than two weeks after the number of confirmed cases hit 2 million. The virus has rapidly spread since it first emerged in December in Wuhan, China—and has killed more than 208,000 people globally. The worldwide case tally also includes more than 878,000 people who have recovered from the respiratory disease.

China has reported it has largely contained the virus, including in Wuhan, where the last patients were reportedly discharged from the hospital.

Meanwhile, other hard-hit countries, such as Spain and Italy, have seen their daily death tolls plummet in a promising sign of recovery.

Some US states including Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee have begun to ease restrictions on lockdowns in hopes of restarting the economy, according to the New York Post.