13:01 | Paris (France), May. 5.
Global infections from the novel coronavirus surpassed five million on Thursday as the pandemic played out unevenly across the planet, with China eager to declare a victory, Europe tentatively emerging from its shell, and deaths still rising in hotspots in Latin America.
The grim milestone is still only a fraction of the true number of infections from a virus that has claimed more than 328,000 lives in its whirl around the globe, according to AFP
tally of official sources.
And while many hard-hit European countries have significantly curbed the rise of cases, Latin America has been in the grip of an infection surge.