Global coronavirus cases surpass 5 mn with death toll now topping 328,000 May 22, 2020 0 416 12345 DPAWashingtonThe novel coronavirus pandemic hit a new milestone as the number of worldwide confirmed cases surpassed 5 million, with Latin America’s infections surging as the crisis eases in Europe and the United States.Data compiled by Johns Hopkins University put the number of cases at more than 5,001,000 on Thursday.The United States has the highest caseload at more than 1,551,000 with Russia following behind.Brazil, where the first Latin American case was reported back in February, rounds out the third spot with infections soaring, according to the tally by US researchers.Brazil recorded almost 20,000 new cases in a single day, it was announced on Wednesday, underscoring that in parts of the world the outbreak is far from having peaked.The pandemic has claimed the lives of 328,000 people, according to Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins, although the true number is thought to be higher due to variations in how countries count their dead and testing shortages in some places.“We still have a long way to go in the COVID-19 pandemic,” World Health Organization director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a briefing in Geneva on Wednesday.Some 106,000 new cases were reported globally over a 24 hour period, he noted, the most in a single day since the outbreak began in China late last year. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Japanese PM ends COVID-19 state of emergency in three more prefectures May 22, 2020 0 416 Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen released from jail due to coronavirus outbreak May 22, 2020 0 1538 Senate approves Trump political ally as US intelligence czar May 22, 2020 0 1640 Peru passes 100,000 COVID-19 cases, 3,000 dead LIMA: Peru has become the second Latin American country after Brazil to reach 100,000 coronavirus cases, according to health ministry figures out on Wednesday. The number of dead from COVID-19 has also passed 3,000, .. US leaving Open Skies arms treaty a ‘blow’ to European security: Russia AFP MOSCOW Washington’s departure from the Open Skies arms control treaty would be a blow to European security, a Russian deputy foreign minister said on Thursday, after President Donald Trump announced the US will .. Bolivian health minister held for suspected corruption LA PAZ: Bolivia’s health minister was arrested on suspicion of corruption related to the over-priced purchase of ventilators to fight COVID-19, then fired by interim President Jeanine Anez, officials said on .. Italian woman wins $1.1 million Picasso in charity draw PARIS: An Italian woman has won a Picasso painting worth more than $1 million in a charity raffle to raise money for village water projects in Africa. The winner of Wednesday’s draw at Christie’s auction house in Paris was .. China parliament eyes HK national security law after unrest AFP Beijing China’s parliament said on Thursday it will introduce a proposal for a national security law in Hong Kong at its annual session, in a move likely to stoke unrest in the financial hub. Beijing has made clear it .. China warns of ‘countermeasures’ over US virus sanctions threat BEIJING will retaliate if the US Congress passes legislation seeking sanctions against China over the coronavirus pandemic, the spokesman for the country’s parliament said on Thursday. Tensions between the global .. Newborn in Japan gets world’s first liver stem cells transplant AFP Tokyo Doctors in Japan have successfully transplanted liver cells derived from embryonic stem cells into a newborn baby, in a world first that could provide new treatment options for infants. The newborn was .. Britain buys over 10 million antibody tests for healthcare workers, patients LONDON: Britain on Thursday announced it had signed deals to buy more than 10 million coronavirus antibody tests from pharmaceutical firms Roche and Abbott for distribution to frontline healthcare workers. “From next .. UK exempts care staff from migrant health tax AFP LONDON The British government on Thursday announced that foreign care workers would be exempt from a charge imposed on migrants to fund the health service, after an outcry sparked by the coronavirus outbreak. Prime .. Guatemala blasts Trump over virus-infected migrant deportations GUATEMALA CITY: Guatemala blasted US President Donald Trump on Thursday over US deportations of migrants infected with coronavirus. President Alejandro Giammattei said the deportations had saturated quarantine .. US family turns in $1 mn found on street WASHINGTON: A sheriff’s department in the US state of Virginia praised a family who turned in two large mail bags they found in the middle of the road -- filled with nearly $1 million in cash. At first, Emily Schantz’ family ..