Global report: deaths from Covid-19 pass half a millionJune 29, 2020
Ten million test positive in the space of six months; Melbourne records highest daily jump in locally acquired cases; some US states reimpose restrictions
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The coronavirus pandemic has killed half a million people in just over six months, with the toll passing the sombre milestone of 500,000 known deaths on Sunday night.
The World Health Organization (WHO) was first alerted by authorities in China about a string of pneumonia-like cases in Wuhan, a city of 11 million people, on 31 December 2019. Since then, 10 million people have tested positive for the virus, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University, in at least 188 countries and territories worldwide, according to analysis by al-Jazeera.