Global COVID-19 cases top 3 mln


Intl desk, April 28: Global confirmed COVID-19 cases topped 3 million on Monday, reaching 3,002,303 as of 1 p.m. (1700 GMT), according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.A total of 208,131 people worldwide have died of the disease, according to the CSSE.

The United States, which remains the hardest-hit, reported 972,969 cases and 55,118 deaths. Spain and Italy followed with 229,422 cases and 199,414 cases, respectively. Other countries with over 100,000 cases included France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Turkey, the CSSE date showed.

Meanwhile, China accused US politicians of telling lies to distract from their own performance, shortly after US President Donald Trump renewed his verbal attacks on China.

At least 211,000 have died globally, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Some 894,000 people have recovered.

US President Donald Trump returned to his daily press briefings after a few days’ absence to attack China over its handling of the coronavirus, saying his administration was conducting “serious investigations” into what happened.

The United Nations human rights chief has warned countries flouting the rule of law in the name of fighting the pandemic risks sparking a “human rights disaster”.