Covid-19 confirm cases hits 2.5m globally

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The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus around the world has now passed 2.5m, according to the tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.

The US remains top of the national rankings kept by the Maryland, US-based research university, with 788,920 cases, followed by Spain with 204,178, then Italy with 181,228, followed by France, Germany and the UK.

However, with testing regimes differing widely between countries, it is difficult to say with certainty whether the league table is accurate.