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Coronavirus: Global Cases Pass 1 Million

According to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University, more than a million cases of coronavirus have been registered globally on April 2, 2020.

This is another grim milestone as the world grapples with the spreading pandemic.

More than 51,000 people have died and more than 208,000 have recovered.

The US accounts for the most cases and Italy has the highest death toll.

Covid-19 first emerged in central China three months ago.

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Though the tally kept by Johns Hopkins records one million confirmed cases, the actual number is thought to be much higher.

It took a month and a half for the first 100,000 cases to be registered, but one million was reached after a doubling in cases over the past week.

Nearly a quarter of cases have been registered in the US, while Europe accounts for around half.

On April 2, Spain said 950 people had died in the previous 24 hours – thought to be the highest number of deaths of any country in one day.

The number of confirmed Spanish cases rose from 102,136 on April 1 to 110,238 – an 8% rise that is similar to the rate recorded in previous days. Spanish authorities believe the virus is now peaking and say they expect to see a drop in figures in the days ahead.

Spain is the second-worst hit nation in terms of deaths. It has also lost nearly 900,000 jobs.

On April 2, the US said it saw a record 6.6 million new unemployment benefit claims.