As the novel coronavirus continue to spread across the world, more than three and a half million confirmed cases have since been recorded in 187 countries with over 250,000 people have lost their lives.
The US has by far the largest number of cases, five times as many as any other country more than one million confirmed infections, according to figures collated by Johns Hopkins University. Also over 70,000 fatalities have been reported so far making it the world’s highest death toll.
The virus, which causes the respiratory infection Covid-19, was first detected in the city of Wuhan, China, in late December 2019. It is spreading rapidly in many countries and the number of deaths is still climbing.
France, Italy, Spain and the UK – the worst-hit European countries – have all recorded more than 25,000 deaths.
In China, the official death toll is some 4,600 from about 84,000 confirmed cases. Numbers for deaths jumped on 17 April after what officials called “a statistical review” and critics have questioned whether the country’s official numbers can be trusted.
On 11 March, the outbreak was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). This is when an infectious disease is passing easily from person to person in many parts of the world at the same time.
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