Coronavirus infections across the world have now exceeded 13 million, according to a tally compiled by Reuters on Monday.
The latest spike in cases, which has marked another milestone in the spread of the disease, brings the global total of deaths to more than half a million in just seven months.
The first case was reported in China in early January and it took three months to reach one million cases. It has taken only five days to jump to 13 million cases from 12 million recorded on July 8.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), The number of cases is around triple that of severe influenza illnesses recorded annually.
There have been more than 568,500 deaths linked to the coronavirus so far, within the same range as the number of yearly influenza deaths reported worldwide.
The first death was reported on January 10 in Wuhan, China, before infections and fatalities surged in Europe and then later in the US.
Many hard-hit countries are easing lockdowns put in place to stem the spread of COVID-19. Other places, such as the Australian city of Melbourne, are implementing a second round of shutdowns.
The Reuters tally, which is based on government reports, shows the disease is accelerating the fastest in Latin America. The Americas account for more than half the world’s infections and half the deaths.
On July 10, the US reported a daily global record of 69,070 new infections.
In Brazil, 1.86 million people have tested positive, including President Jair Bolsonaro, and more than 72,000 people have died, according to the Reuters tally.
The tally also indicates that India, the country with the third-highest number of infections, is being hit by an average of 23,000 new infections each day since the beginning of July.