Global coronavirus infections surged past 15 million, according to a Reuters tally, with the pandemic gathering pace even as countries remain divided in their response to the crisis.

As some U.S. states look to start reopening their coronavirus-battered economies amid protests from supporters of President Donald Trump anxious to get back to work, hardest hit New York state began mandating the wearing of masks or face coverings in public to contain the pathogen’s spread.

A new survey conducted by Fingerpaint – a full-service health and wellness marketing agency – about the use of telemedicine shows that a majority (76%) of healthcare practitioners (HCPs) agree it is convenient for their patient, but most (64%) think it is not as effective as engaging with their patient in an office.

The total number of people hospitalized in New York fell for the first time since the onset of the coronavirus outbreak, a further sign the state at the epicenter may be at the peak of its crisis, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Tuesday.