Global COVID-19 cases reach 2 million

Global COVID-19 cases reach 2 million
The number of coronavirus cases across the globe has reached 2 million and more than 124,000 have died in the most serious pandemic in the century.

The US has become the epicenter of the pandemic with more than 610,000 confirmed novel coronavirus cases with a death toll of over 26,000, according to Worldometer.

Spain and Italy have reported about 174,000 and 162,000 cases respectively. The death toll in Spain is currently at over 18,000 relatively lower than Italy's 21,000.

Chinese scientists have started the second phase of a clinical trial of a COVID-19 vaccine in the hardest-hit city of Wuhan in central China’s Hubei Province. China’s Central Television reported 273 out of 500 volunteers have been injected with the vaccine candidate.

The first phase of the vaccine clinical trial focused on its safety, while the second phase studies its efficacy.

The United States may need to endure social distancing measures adopted during the coronavirus outbreak until 2022, according to researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health.

President Donald Trump has directed a halt to US payments to the World Health Organization pending a review of its warnings about the coronavirus and China.

He said the world depends on WHO to make sure accurate information about health threats are shared in a timely manner. Trump claims the organization failed to carry out its "basic duty” and must be held accountable.

Based on AP, DS

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