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More than 1.5 million proven infections worldwide

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The number of infections with the novel corona virus detected worldwide has exceeded the 1.5 million mark. That came out last night (local time) from data from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore in the United States. The virus SARS-CoV-2, which was practically completely unknown until just over three months ago, can trigger the lung disease Covid-19. As a result of the pandemic, more than 87,700 CoV deaths have been recorded.

According to the university, most of the known infections were with more than 420,000 cases in the USA. Spain followed in second place with around 150,000 known infections. In Italy there were around 140,000. France, Germany, China and Iran followed. The numbers can only be compared to a limited extent due to the different test rates and a high number of unreported cases.

Most deaths in Spain

Among the countries most affected by Covid-19 lung disease, the university recorded the highest proportion of coronavirus deaths relative to the population in Spain to date. Around 30 people per 100,000 inhabitants died there after an infection. In Italy there were 28, in the USA there were 3.9 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, in Germany 2.4.

The researchers‘ website at Johns Hopkins University is updated regularly with incoming data and therefore shows a higher level of confirmed infections than the official figures from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the US health authority CDC.

More than 5,000 cases in Japan

In Japan, the number of people infected with the coronavirus exceeded 5,000. The Japanese news agency Jiji Press reported today. In addition, there are around 700 infected people who had been on board a cruise ship. Around 110 people are killed in the third largest economy in the world.