Coronavirus live news: global cases near 5m as EU health chief warns of second wave

Posted by on May 20, 2020 7:39 pm
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‘The question is when and how big,’ says Europe CDC chief; world sees largest daily rise in cases; Trump considers in-person G7. Follow the latest updates

12.39am BST

After the biggest single-day increase in cases worldwide so far in the pandemic, the number of confirmed infections is close to 5 million, with the Johns Hopkins University data currently listing 4,968,133.

The true number is likely to be significantly higher, due to differing testing rates, delays and underreporting. This is true for deaths, too. At least 326,464 people have lost their lives in the pandemic so far.

12.26am BST

Hello and welcome to today’s live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.

As the world sees the highest daily increase in confirmed cases so far – with 106,000 cases in 24 hours – the World Health Organization has warned that the pandemic is far from over. “We still have a long way to go in this pandemic. We are very concerned about rising cases in low- and middle-income countries,” he said.

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