The number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide has surpassed 5 million, suggesting the global spread of the pandemic is far from over.
This milestone was reached as Latin American countries overtook the United States and Europe in reporting record daily increases in infections over the past week. Russia and parts of the Middle East and South Asia have also contributed to the steady climb in overall cases.
The data compiled by Johns Hopkins University showed 5,000,028 people have now tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.The total number of deaths around the world also climbed to 328,172 by 11 p.m. PST.
The death toll, are believed to be higher as testing capacity is scattered because many countries do not include fatalities outside of hospital records.
The virus has now infected more people in six months than the number of severe flu cases in a full year, which the World Health Organization estimates around 3 million to 5 million around the world.
The most recent million cases were added in just 11 days after the worldwide total hit 4 million, which itself came less than two weeks after the three-million mark.
It not only suggests the pandemic is continuing at the steady pace seen over the past month, but that the number of infections may actually be rising.
The World Health Organization announced that over 106,000 new cases were recorded in the past 24 hours — the most in a single day since the outbreak began.
Despite the continued increase in cases, many countries, particularly in North America, Europe and East Asia, are opening schools and workplaces following weeks of lockdowns.