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Global COVID-19 count top 5.1 mn: Johns Hopkins

The US accounts for the world's highest number of cases and deaths at 1,557,140 and 94,709, respectively

Friday May 22, 2020 8:48 AM, IANS

Global Covid update

Washington: The overall number of global coronavirus cases has surged to over 5.1 million, while the death toll stood at 332,900, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

As of Friday morning, the total number of cases stood at 5,101,967, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

Country wise COVID cases

The US accounts for the world's highest number of cases and deaths at 1,557,140 and 94,709, respectively.

In terms of cases, Russia has the second highest number of infections at 317,554, followed by Brazil (310,087), the UK (252,246), Spain (233,037), Italy (228,006), France (181,951), Germany (179,021), Turkey (153,548), Iran (129,341), India (118,226) and Peru (108,769), the CSSE figures showed.

The UK came in second after the US with 36,124 COVID-19 deaths.

The other countries with over 10,000 deaths are Italy (32,486), France (28,218), Spain (27,940) and Brazil (20,047).

Active corona cases in Italy

Meanwhile, in Italy the number of active infections dropped by 1,792 to 60,960 cases, according to the Civil Protection Department on Thursday. Recoveries increase by 2,278 compared to Wednesday, bringing the nationwide total to 134,560, Xinhua reported.

A further 156 COVID-19 patients had died in the past 24 hours in Italy, bringing the country's toll to 32,486, out of total infection cases of 228,006.

Of those who tested positive for the new coronavirus, 640 are in intensive care, 36 fewer compared to Wednesday, and 9,269 are hospitalized with symptoms, down by 355 patients from Wednesday. The rest 51,051 people, or about 84 percent of those who tested positive, are quarantined at home with no symptoms or only mild symptoms.

'Not evenly spread'

US Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell on Thursday said the COVID-19-induced economic downturn has inflicted acute pain across the country, noting that the burden is not evenly spread.

"We are in the midst of an economic downturn without modern precedent. It was sudden, and it is severe," Powell said in his opening remarks at a Fed Listens event, themed "How is COVID-19 Affecting Your Community", Xinhua reported.

"It has already erased the job gains of the past decade and has inflicted acute pain across the country," said the central bank chief.

"And while the burden is widespread, it is not evenly spread," Powell said. "Those taking the brunt of the fallout are those least able to bear it."

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