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Global Covid-19 cases pass 1.9m

Steve Bernard in London

Global cases of Covid-19 rose by 71,572 yesterday, the fourth consecutive day that the number of newly infected has fallen. This brings the global total to more than 1.9m.

The death toll on Monday held steady at 5,421, leaving the daily rate of growth in fatalities at 5 per cent.

Analysts have warned against assuming a peak has been passed, however, as many countries in Africa and South America remain in the early acceleration phase. The long Easter weekend could also have affected the timing of the reported numbers.

In the US, Monday’s death toll closely matched that on Sunday, with 1,535 people losing their lives. The total number of fatalities in the country now stands at 23,640, with more than 586,000 people confirmed to have contracted the virus.

Many of the hardest-hit European countries are seeing the number of new cases and deaths fall each day. Italy, Spain and France have all extended their lockdowns but have signalled they are planning to reopen their economies if the situation continues to improve.

The UK was the hardest-hit country outside of the US on Monday, with the death toll rising by 717 to 11,329. Meanwhile, Turkey continues to struggle to contain the virus with a further 4,093 new cases confirmed on Monday, the sixth consecutive day with 4,000 or more cases.

The number of recoveries worldwide rose by 21,312, leaving a total of 444,711 free from the virus.

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