More than five million people have now been infected by the new coronavirus worldwide.

The landmark figure was reached on Thursdayalmost five months after the first reported case in the Chinese city of Wuhan last December.

More than 328,000 people have also died of COVID-19, the highly contagious disease caused by the new coronavirus, while nearly 1.9 million have recovered, data collated by the Johns Hopkins University showed.

The United States, Russia and Brazil have emerged as the countries with the highest number of confirmed cases.

Europe, where France reported the continent’s first case on January 24, continues to see a rise in infections, but at a slower daily rate than its peak in March. 

Cases in China have dwindled, with the country reporting its lowest number

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