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World reaches 400,000 coronavirus deaths
BARCELONA (AP) — The confirmed global death toll from COVID-19 reached at least 400,000 on June 7.
As of June 7, at least 6.9 million people have been infected worldwide by the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University. Its running counter shows the United States leading the world with nearly 110,000 virus-related deaths, followed by Britain and Brazil. Europe as a whole has recorded more than 175,000 since the virus emerged in China late last year.
Health experts, however, believe that the Johns Hopkins tally falls short of showing the true tragedy of the pandemic.
Many governments have struggled to produce statistics that can be considered as true indicators of the pandemic's effects. Authorities in Italy and Spain, with over 60,000 combined deaths, have acknowledged that their death tolls are higher than the numbers tell.
Brazil stopped publishing a total of deaths and infections on June 5. But following allegations the government was trying to hide the severity of the pandemic, the Supreme Court ordered the government to resume publication of data. The government complied with the decision on June 9.