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26 May, 2020 12:20

Covid-19 case tally reaches 5.5 MILLION worldwide

Covid-19 case tally reaches 5.5 MILLION worldwide

The number of Covid-19 infections has topped 5.5 million across the globe, with more than a million new cases reported in the past 10 days.

More than two-thirds of all confirmed cases are in Europe and the United States.

Europe continues to be the worst-affected continent, despite the virus originating in China. The UK has the highest number of both infections and deaths from Covid-19 in Europe.

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However, the US has by far the highest coronavirus death toll in the world, now approaching 100,000, with more than 1.7 million confirmed cases.

Speaking last week, Trump claimed that the high number of infections was a "badge of honor", showing that the country does more testing than any other.

Many experts believe the global tally of 5.5 million is a conservative estimate, as the lack of testing in many countries has obscured the true scale of the pandemic.

These latest figures come as many nations start to ease lockdown measures, and amid uncertainty over when a vaccine against Covid-19 could become available.There are currently several vaccination trials in the pipeline, including in Russia, but scientists warn it may take from a couple of months to several years for them to be tested and approved.

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