Global COVID-19 cases near 5 mn: Johns Hopkins

Clay Curtis
May 22, 2020

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide has crossed 5 million, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Despite the rising number of cases, most people who contract the virus suffer mild symptoms before making a recovery.

The US remains the hardest-hit country by the pandemic with more than 1.52 million confirmed cases and 91,921 deaths.

Once the research team creates and tests their algorithm, they intend to make it widely available to any interested health care institution to implement.

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The virus was first detected by scientists in China in December.

As of Tuesday morning, the total number of cases stood at 4,801,282, while the death toll increased to 318,465, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update. The No. 2 country is Russian Federation, with 318,000 reported cases.

The new figures come as a vast majority of states have lifted at least some restrictions linked to the coronavirus lockdowns in recent weeks. Globally, there have been over 328,000 Covid-19 related deaths.

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