Coronavirus latest news: Headteachers may refuse to fine parents who keep children at home

More than half a million people have been killed by  coronavirus, nearly two thirds of them in the United States and Europe, according to an John Hopkins University tally on Sunday.

The official death toll for the disease now stands at 500,306 deaths from 10,070,339 cases recorded worldwide. The United States has suffered the highest death toll (125,763), followed by Brazil (57,070) and the United Kingdom (43,634).

The tallies probably reflect only a fraction of the actual number of infections. Many countries are testing only the most serious cases.

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