Coronavirus outbreak hits another grim landmark with 4 million cases

The coronavirus pandemic has affected over four million people worldwide, according to a tally based on official sources.

New cases of the novel coronavirus that emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in late December are being reported daily around the world.

There are now at least 4,001,437 cases of coronavirus around the world, with the worldwide death toll that has surged past 277,000.

Cases in China and South Korea are rising after the countries relaxed lockdown rules, threatening hard-won gains in their fight against the virus. Germany has, meanwhile, seen an increase in the transmission rate.

Trump’s handling of coronavirus outbreak is slammed

The United States has been the hardest-hit country, the stars coronavirus has claimed more than 78,000 lives in the United States, which has recorded more than 1.3 million infections, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

In the US, the country with the world’s highest death toll, President Donald Trump faced sharp criticism from his predecessor Barack Obama who said on a leaked tape that Trump’s handling of the crisis was an “absolute chaotic disaster.”

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The AFP tally, using data collected from national authorities and information from the World Health Organisation (WHO), probably reflects only a fraction of the true number of infections. Many countries are testing only the most serious cases.

Lockdowns and economic disruption, meanwhile, have pushed millions into unemployment in a historic global downturn.

Amid the barrage of deaths, some European countries cited signs of progress they said justified taking slow steps back toward some version of normality.

Overall, the situation in Europe was still far from normal. The British PM Boris Johnson is reportedly planning to announce on Sunday that all overseas visitors will face a mandatory two-week quarantine, and the European Union warned against opening borders to travellers from outside the bloc.

Across Europe, commemorations marking VE day, 75 years since Nazi Germany’s surrender were cancelled or scaled-down.

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