//Coronavirus live news: global cases pass 22m as Wall Street record defies economic gloom

Coronavirus live news: global cases pass 22m as Wall Street record defies economic gloom

US and Brazil continue to drive worldwide count; S&P500 index closes at all-time high; European restrictions tighten

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1.43am BST

The number of coronavirus cases recorded around the world has passed 22 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker. Deaths from the virus stand at more than 777,000.

1.38am BST

Stock markets in Asia Pacific have opened in positive territory on Wednesday after that historic lead from Wall Street.

The ASX200 in Sydney has jumped 0.38% in early trade while the Kospi in South Korea was up 1%. Japan’s Nikkei was off slightly.

#ASX at Open:#ASX200 +0.5% 75up vs 112dnPositives: #IronOre rally, $CSL +6% on FY20, $ANZ divNegatives: can’t see many, so why breadth so poor?$SPI 6105 vs 6112hi/6066lo, cranking up…$WTC +18% $CTD +13% $DMP +7% on FY20’s#ausbiz #ausstocks #investing #stockmarket pic.twitter.com/xMOcwAlMSp

[It] speaks of the concern that this record high is built on shaking foundations. Only 61% of stocks are trading above their 200-day moving average – well below the 81 per cent that characterized the last record high.

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