Number of Covid-19 cases worldwide passes ‘tragic milestone’ of five million

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The World Health Organisation has said more than five million people have been infected by Covid-19 across the globe.

The total cases of the novel coronavirus have been registered in under six months since the outbreak first emerged in China last December. Over 325,000 people have lost their lives.

WHO emergencies director Dr Michael Ryan said the five million cases mark would be a “tragic milestone”.