Global cases of the novel coronavirus surpassed 9 million as Brazil and India grappled with a surge in infections while the United States, China and other hard-hit countries reported new outbreaks, according to a Reuters tally.

The coronavirus pandemic is accelerating, with Thursday’s 150,000 new cases the highest in a single day and nearly half of those in the Americas, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.

A specific mutation in the new coronavirus can significantly increase its ability to infect cells, according to a study by U.S. researchers.

U.S. coronavirus deaths topped 80,000, according to a Reuters tally, as nearly all states have taken steps to relax lockdown measures.

The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus outbreak could exceed 74,000 by August, according to the University of Washington’s predictive model, often cited by White House officials and state public health authorities.

Klick Health made the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 virus) 3D model it designed available as an open-source asset to news media and others looking to visually represent the COVID-19 virus with as much detail and accuracy as possible. The new 3D model is available for download as an illustration and video animation at

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday ordered residents to wear masks in certain settings to combat the coronavirus outbreak, even as states spared the worst mulled a partial lifting of restrictions on business and social life by May 1.

Hospitalizations of people with the novel coronavirus fell for a second day in New York and the state would send ventilators to Michigan and Maryland, further signs some control is being gained on the outbreak, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday.

The coronavirus outbreak could reach its peak in the United States this week, a top U.S. health official said as more signs of stabilization emerged, but political leaders said a reopening of the economy may hinge on more widespread testing.

One of the key takeaways from BIO-Europe Spring 2020, which was held virtually March 23-27, was that there is a keen need for greater collaboration and communications among the biotech community, government, non-governmental organizations and the public.