The number of COVID-19 cases confirmed globally has passed 40 million, according to Johns Hopkins University. Europe has been experiencing a surge in coronavirus infections and last week reached a weekly record of almost 700,000 new cases. In the United States, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic has passed eight million, and on Friday, the U.S. reported the highest number of new coronavirus cases in one day since July. A total of 32 days passed between the milestone of 30 million global cases and 40 million cases; for comparison, Reuters reports, it took 38 days for the global total to rise from 20 million cases to 30 million cases. At least 1.1 million people have died from COVID-19.

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