Number of coronavirus cases worldwide reaches 5.5 million, death toll over 3.4 lakh

WION Web Team NEW DELHI May 26, 2020, 11.13 AM(IST)

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Meanwhile, the World Health Organization said that countries, where coronavirus infections are declining, could still face an "immediate second peak" if they let up too soon on measures to halt the outbreak.

The number of Covid-19 cases worldwide was nearing the 5.5 million mark on Tuesday, while the deaths have increased to more than 346,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

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According to the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) as of Tuesday morning, the total number of cases stood at 5,497,532, while the death toll increased to 346,269.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization said that countries, where coronavirus infections are declining, could still face an "immediate second peak" if they let up too soon on measures to halt the outbreak.

The world is still in the middle of the first wave of the coronavirus outbreak, WHO emergencies head Dr Mike Ryan told an online briefing, noting that while cases are declining in many countries they are still increasing in Central and South America, South Asia and Africa.

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Brazil has officially surpassed the United States in terms of the daily death toll. Bolsonaro's Brazil recorded 807 deaths over the last 24 hours, whereas, 620 casualties were witnessed in the United States.

Total death tally in Brazil has reached 23,473, whereas the United States nears 100,000 with 97,971 deaths. 

Brazil is second to the United States in terms of worst outbreaks of the coronavirus. According to the Baltimore-based university, the United State's cases of infection stands at 1,662,375, whereas, Brazil comes second with 374,898 cases.

(With inputs from agencies)