World coronavirus cases top 5.5 million: AFP tally

A specialist wearing protective gear and a law enforcement officer with a face mask are seen upon the arrival of a plane carrying Kyrgyz citizens. (File photo: Reuters)

More than 5.5 million cases of the new coronavirus have been officially declared in the world, more than two-thirds of them in Europe and the United States, according to a tally compiled by AFP from official sources as of 0740 GMT on Tuesday.

At least 5,505,307 infections including 346,188 deaths have been recorded, notably in Europe, the hardest-hit continent with 2,047,401 cases and 172,824 deaths, and the United States with 1,662,768 cases and 98,223 deaths.

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The number of declared cases in the world has doubled in a month, and more than one million new cases of COVID-19 have been registered in the last 11 days.

The number of diagnosed cases however reflects only a fraction of the actual number of infections as many countries test only serious cases or lack testing capacity.

Last Update: Tuesday, 26 May 2020 KSA 11:22 - GMT 08:22