Coronavirus updates: Pandemic hits grim milestone as global cases top 5 million

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Just two weeks ago, the tally had crossed the 4 million threshold.

A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 328,000 people worldwide.

Over 5 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.

Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 1.5 million diagnosed cases and at least 93,439 deaths.

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  • Global cases top 5 million
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    3:38 a.m.: Global cases top 5 million

    The coronavirus pandemic hit another grim milestone early Thursday as the worldwide number of people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 surpassed 5 million.

    Just two weeks ago, the tally had crossed the 4 million threshold, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.

    More than a third of the world’s COVID-19 cases have been diagnosed in the United States.

    What to know about coronavirus:

  • How it started and how to protect yourself: Coronavirus explained
  • What to do if you have symptoms: Coronavirus symptoms
  • Tracking the spread in the U.S. and worldwide: Coronavirus map
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