Cases top 30.3 million, says Johns Hopkins

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Available data shows that more than 940,000 have died with Covid-19 since the outbreak began in China late previous year.

The US has recorded the highest number of cases with 6,664,021 followed by India with more than 5 million and Brazil with nearly 4.5 million.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases across the globe has now crossed the 30 million mark, according to figures by America's Johns Hopkins University on Friday. Still, the actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a pandemic.

Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019. Some countries have been accused of intentionally under-reporting cases. The daily tally of new cases has gradually come down since then.

On Wednesday, India had more than 5.1 million confirmed cases - one million cases were reported over the last month.

The US, India and Brazil, continue the worst three affected countries in the world, but reports say that there is a renewed spike in the number of infections across Europe.

India has been identified as a new epicentre for the virus, with the second-most populous country in the world responsible for a almost a third of all new cases being reported.

Total reported cases of the coronavirus worldwide passed 30 million in the early hours of Friday.

The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.



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