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MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - JULY 15: A health care worker tests a person for COVID-19 at the test site located in the Hard Rock Stadium parking lot on July 15, 2020 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Florida health officials on Sunday reported a record 15,300 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 as the state of Florida tries to contain the recent spike in cases. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Don’t be fooled by the lifting of coronavirus safety restrictions in the United States; the COVID-19 pandemic is alive and well as the world reports its highest number of cases in a single week to date.

Last week saw 5.2 million new cases throughout the world, marking the highest number since the pandemic began, according to the World Health Organization.

“It took nine months to reach 1 million deaths, four months to reach 2 million and three months to reach 3 million deaths,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a news briefing in Geneva on Monday.

Global COVID deaths also increased for the fifth week in a row, bringing the total number of deaths to more than 3 million, says Tedros.

“Big numbers can make us numb, but each one of these deaths is a tragedy for families, communities and nations.”

“It took nine months to reach 1 million deaths, four months to reach 2 million and three months to reach 3 million deaths,” Ghebreyesus says. “Big numbers can make us numb, but each one of these deaths is a tragedy for families, communities and nations.”

Katherine Viloria is Beasley Media Group's Fort Myers Digital Content Manager. She loves to write, snap photos, and watch Grey's Anatomy. Connect with her on Instagram @alittlethisalittlekat