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No real let-up as coronavirus cases top 10million

THE number of confirmed coronavirus cases has passed the 10million mark across the world.

After India and Russia revealed thousands of new sufferers, the Johns Hopkins University tally reached the milestone yesterday, with the Covid-19 death toll edging towards 500,000.

India reported a rise of 18,552 infections to almost 529,000, with a further 384 deaths taking the total past 16,000. And Russia now has nearly 634,000 cases, up 6,852 day by day, and its death toll has breached the 9,000 barrier.

While Johns Hopkins reports only confirmed cases, experts believe the number of people actually infected could be as many as ten times that figure given so many cannot get tested or may have had no symptoms.

China has extended Covid-19 tests to newly reopened hairdressers and beauty salons amid a drop in cases, while South Korea continues to face new infections after it eased social distancing rules to boost its economy.

In Italy, there were eight further virus deaths but, in a sign the country is emerging from the crisis, fewer than 100 patients are in intensive care with Covid-19 for the first time since the very early days of the outbreak.

Meanwhile, Serbian defence minister Aleksandar Vulin has tested positive, days after attending Russia’s Victory Day parade in Moscow.