The number of coronavirus cases worldwide has topped five million, according to figures released by Johns Hopkins University.

However, there are fears the true number of cases could be much higher, with many cases in the community not being reported and a lack of access to medical care in many countries.

Globally, deaths have topped 328,000.

The US has both the highest number of cases and deaths, with more than 1.5 million cases and more than 93,000 deaths.

Russia, Brazil and the United Kingdom have the next highest number of confirmed Covid-19 cases, while the UK has the second-highest death toll with more than 35,000 fatalities reported.

It comes as the World Health Organization (WHO) recorded the highest number of coronavirus cases in one day.

On Wednesday, the global organisation said that it received reports of 106,000 cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours.

WHO officials were also probed about the political fallout from the virus, particularly about criticism coming from the United States.

They said that they were “looking into” the letter written to them by the US president.

After being probed about threats from the US to cuts to funding, the WHO’s director general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus pointed out that its budget was “very small”, “equivalent to an annual budget of a medium hospital in a developed country”.

Earlier this week, officials confirmed they would launch a review into the pandemic response “at an appropriate time”.

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