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Alarm as COVID-19 cases surpass 1 million

Infections surpassed 1 million and deaths exceeded 52,000 in the coronavirus pandemic, forcing lockdowns for half the world and economic collapse.

WASHINGTON (AN) — The global coronavirus pandemic reached a harrowing milestone on Thursday as infections surpassed 1 million and deaths exceeded 52,000, prompting governments to put half the world in lockdown amid economic collapse.

It was only on March 7 that the World Health Organization marked the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 exceeded 100 000. Four days later, WHO took the drastic step of declaring the novel coronavirus as a global pandemic — the worldwide spread of a new disease —  marking the first time a coronavirus gained that distinction.

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