21 May 2020
Global coronavirus cases exceed 5 million

Global coronavirus cases exceed 5 million

Felipe Dana / AP

There are now over five million cases of COVID-19 worldwide, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University's Coronavirus Resource Center.

As of 10.30 GMT on April 27, there are 5,011,467 confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University's latest data.

The virus has claimed the lives of over 328,400 people. The majority of deaths have been recorded in the US (over 93,400), the United Kingdom (over 35,700), Italy (over 32,300), France (over 28,100) and Spain (over 27,800). Over 1.9 million people have recovered.

The US leads the world in detected cases with over 1.55 million, followed by Russia (over 317,500), Brazil (over 291,500), the United Kingdom (over 249,600) and Spain (over 232,500).

Latin America saw about a third of the 91,000 cases reported earlier this week. The US and Europe each contributed about 20 per cent of the total. The majority of cases in Latin America were discovered in Brazil – its outbreak recently surpassed those in Italy, Spain and the UK to become the third-largest worldwide.

Russia's Coronavirus Task Force reported 8,849 new cases of COVID-19 earlier today, bringing the country's coronavirus infections total to 317,554. Russia's fresh infections count has not exceeded 10,000 in the past six days, indicating a possible plateau in the infections rate.

Many countries are beginning to relax quarantine measures as the spread of the disease has subsided – schools, stores and other public places have begun reopening across the world. The return to normal life has been accompanied by the introduction of mandatory standards for disease prevention – social distancing measures and the wearing of protective masks and gloves have become complusory as lockdowns have been scaled back. Non-compliance with these measures has become a punishable offence in some states, such as Armenia, where one many be fined close to $20 for not wearing a face mask outdoors.

The coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, a mass disease caused by severe acute coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, in December 2019.

The coronavirus outbreak was officially recognized as a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11, 2020.