Coronavirus infections surpass 5m across world

World | 21 May 2020 3:10 pm

The total number of confirmed cases worldwide has passed 5 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker. The current total is 5,000,038.

Differing testing rates and definitions (for example excluding cases in aged care homes from national totals), underreporting, and time lags mean that that the true number of infections is certainly higher, The Guardian reports. Infected patients first emerged in Wuhan, China in late December 2019.

The sombre milestone comes after 106,000 new cases were recorded worldwide over the past 24 hours – the most in a single day so far. The increase prompted the World Health Organization to issue a stark warning on Wednesday: the coronavirus pandemic is far from over.

The US has the highest number of confirmed cases worldwide, with 1,551,853.

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