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Hi, Sam Gelder here. I’m taking over the live blog from my colleague Ben Quinn. Please get in touch with any tips at [email protected]

A grim milestone. The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus worldwide has passed the half a million mark, according to the latest figures on the Johns Hopkins University global dashboard.

Cases stand at 510,108 while there have been 22,993 deaths.

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