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Global coronavirus cases have crossed the one million mark earlier than predicted by the World Health Organisation.
Data by worldometers.info, said the virus hit 1,000,168 people today, with 64,971 new cases recorded worldwide.
The data also showed 51,354 people dead from the virus.
United States remains the world leader with 235,747 cases. There were 20,744 new cases logged in the last 24 hours.
Italy follows the U.S. with 115,242 cases, 4,668 of them reported today.
Spain is world’s third worst-hit country by the virus with 110,238 cases. The country reported fresh 6,120 cases today.
On Wednesday, the World Health Organisation said the coronavirus cases would reach one million in a few days.
“In the next few days, we will reach one million confirmed COVID-19 cases, and 50,000 deaths,” WHO Chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.
“Over the past five weeks, we have witnessed a near exponential growth in the number of new COVID-19 cases, reaching almost every country, territory and area.
“The number of deaths has more than doubled in the past week,” he said.
When Ghebreyesus spoke, there were 932,214 confirmed cases worldwide.
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