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Global cases of COVID-19 have cracked the 1 million mark. It’s particularly dire news in the United States, where numbers are skyrocketing thanks to an inadequate, underprepared health system and an initially indifferent presidential administration.

In Italy and Spain, it looks like the peak may have passed. And while deaths have risen in Australia in the past week, is there reason for some cautious optimism here?

One million cases

There are now more than 1 million cases of COVID-19 worldwide, and more than 52,000 deaths according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker.