Asia coronavirus cases hit 250,000: Reuters tally

Migrant workers, who were stranded in the western state of Gujarat due to a lockdown imposed by the government to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), maintain social distance as they stand in a queue to board a train that will take them to their home state of northern Uttar Pradesh, in Ahmedabad, India, May 5, 2020. REUTERS/Amit Dave

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Coronavirus cases in Asia reached a quarter of a million on Tuesday, according to a Reuters tally, spurred by outbreaks in Singapore, Pakistan and India, even as China, South Korea and Japan significantly slowed the spread of the disease.

With 250,372 cases, Asia now accounts for just 7% of global cases, compared with 40% for Europe and 34% for North America, although experts worry that unreported cases are masking the true extent of the pandemic.

Reporting by Jane Wardell; Editing by Alison Williams

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