Over 5.3 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.
The United States is the worst-affected country in the world, with more than 1.6 million diagnosed cases and at least 97,424 deaths.
Today’s biggest developments:
US nears 100,000 deaths
Wuhan lab director calls virus leak claims ‘pure fabrication’
Michigan and Missouri announce change in reporting of COVID-19 testing data
Brazil passes Russia, now has second most confirmed cases globally
Scientist claims COVID-19 ‘disappearing’ so fast, Oxford vaccine has ‘only 50% chance of working’
UPDATE: There are now at least 350 children in the United States with Kawasaki-like inflammatory syndrome MIS-C, including 7 in Florida👇. t.co/coJmKVoi9y
— Matt McCarthy (@DrMattMcCarthy) May 26, 2020
"Even if you assume we are only diagnosing about 1 in 10 or 1 in 20 cases you get close to a 1% case fatality rate now, and certainly an infection fatality rate of 1% or above 1%," says @ScottGottliebMD. pic.twitter.com/bzJs1DoPdd
— Squawk Box (@SquawkCNBC) May 26, 2020