- The numbers: More than 3.6 million cases of the novel coronavirus, including at least 257,000 deaths have been recorded worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University.
- In the US: More than 1.2 million cases and over 71,000 Covid-19 related deaths have been recorded.
- War of words: China says US accusations that the Covid-19 pandemic originated in a lab in Wuhan are a political strategy for Republicans ahead of the 2020 election.
- Virus started in 2019: New genetic analysis dispels speculation that Covid-19 was in circulation among people long before it was recognized. The research dashes hope that any populations may have already built up some immunity.
What you need to know
Store manager Natalie Hijazi temporarily closes off the entrance to a Pet Fair store inside The Woodlands Mall on Tuesday, May 5, in The Woodlands, Texas. David J. Phillip/AP
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