Confirmed cases of coronavirus pass 3m worldwide

More than 3 million people around the world are now confirmed to have been infected with coronavirus since it first emerged in Wuhan, China, at the end of last year, according to a tally kept by researchers at Johns Hopkins University.

The worldwide death toll from the Covid-19 disease caused by the new virus recently passed 200,000.

The worst-affected country is by far the US, which, with 972,969 cases alone, counts for almost a third of the global total, followed by Spain with 229,422, Italy with 199,414, and France with 162,220.

However, with testing regimes differing widely around the world and questions raised about the efficacy of the tests themselves, the true number of cases is impossible to gauge. The Johns Hopkins tracker is based on official reports.

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