Worldwide coronavirus cases surpass 12 million

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Confirmed coronavirus cases in the world jumped past 12,2 million on Thursday, according to a running tally by US-based Johns Hopkins University.


The US remains the worst-hit country with over 3 million infections, while its death toll exceeds 132,000.

There have been more than 548,822 deaths linked to the virus so far, within the same range as the number of yearly influenza deaths reported worldwide.

The US remains the worst-hit country with over 3 million infections, while its death toll exceeds 132,000.

Many hard-hit countries are easing lockdowns put in place to slow the spread of the novel virus, while others, such as China and Australia, implement another round of shutdowns in response to a resurgence in infections. Experts say alterations to work and social life could last until a vaccine is available.

Brazil, which has the largest number of Covid-19 cases and deaths in Latin America, has the second-highest number of infections worldwide at over 1.71 million.

Russia, India, Italy, Spain and the UK are also among the hardest-hit countries in the world.

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China, ground zero of the virus, has registered 84,946 cases so far, including 4,641 deaths and 79,802 recoveries.

The virus has spread to 188 countries and regions since late last year.

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