Coronavirus cases top 3 million worldwide

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Worldwide, the number of people confirmed to have the coronavirus has risen to more than three million, and at least 209,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Some 884,000 people have recovered till now.

The United States, the most corona-hit country’s total number of Covid-19 infections crossed the one million mark with the death toll reaching more than 55,000. Trump projected that US deaths from Covid-19 could reach as high as 70,000, but said original projections were much higher.

Countries around the world, including Australia, New Zealand, Iran and Spain, are moved to ease coronavirus lockdowns as daily infections and deaths slow.

Italy has announced it will ease its two-month-old controls from May 4.

Meanwhile, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said he is concerned about people missing vaccines for diseases such as polio and measles because of the coronavirus pandemic.

In a press briefing in Geneva, Tedros said that Gavi Alliance estimated that 21 countries were already facing vaccine shortages due to border restrictions and other factors.

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