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Live updates: Coronavirus pandemic news from around the world - CNN

May 20, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

LiThe global coronavirus pandemic has brought countries to a standstill. Here's the latest updates on worldwide Covid-19 cases, deaths, government responses, and more.

Brazil set a record high for new coronavirus cases within 24 hours, the country's Health Ministry announced on Wednesday.

Deaths caused by coronavirus increased by 888, bringing to the country's total to 18,859, the ministry said.

Tedros Adhanom-Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, on Wednesday said that more cases had been reported to the agency in the last 24 hours than any time since the novel coronavirus outbreak began.

CNN exclusively relies on Johns Hopkins University for its case and death counts, but the world’s preeminent health agency making this announcement today is newsworthy.

The prime minister said the country is “in the last few meters [yards] of the state of emergency. " 

Spain is among countries with the world’s highest coronavirus infection and death numbers; but has managed to significantly bring those down in recent weeks.

France reported an additional 110 people died from Covid-19, the country’s Ministry of Health announced on Wednesday.

The country also reported an additional 418 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases to 143,845.

Spain and Italy, the two European nations hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, continue to report low daily Covid-19 deaths and new cases.

In Spain, the number of daily deaths due to Covid-19 rose by 95 on Tuesday, bringing the total number of deaths to more than 27,800, figures reported by the country's health ministry on Wednesday show.

More on this: Spain’s Health Ministry recently instituted a new reporting system for Covid-19 cases, which is designed to allow much faster detection, isolation of patients, and treatment of the virus, Simón has said.

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