Covid-19 case tally reaches 5.5 MILLION worldwide
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.Also on rt.com UK hospital SHUTS to all new patients due to ‘high number of Covid-19 cases’ as country prepares to ease lockdown further
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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