Nearly one billion people around the world were confined to their homes on Sunday, as the coronavirus death toll crossed 13,000 and factories were shut in worst-hit Italy after another single-day fatalities record.
Figures published by the University — which tracks coronavirus infections and deaths — showed that the latest data takes the total death toll to 30,985.
In Europe, the hardest-hit continent, there are 1,115,555 declared infections and 97,985 deaths. In the United States, the country where the virus is progressing most rapidly, there are 706,779 cases including 37,079 fatalities.
More than 2.07 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 138,482 have died, according to a Reuters tally. Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories.
Coronavirus is a global pandemic. And while it is quite right that we should focus on the NHS and the British tragedies and heroes of this crisis, it is easy to forget that the other 99 per cent of humanity are also involved. Yes, we have heard all about the origins of the virus in China, the unfolding drama in Italy and Spain, and the daily absurdities from the White House, but I still find it very hard to get a fix on the bigger picture.
Britain is failing to cope with the COVID-19 epidemic as well as other countries in Europe and East Asia have. Out of 62,000 excess deaths in the UK, says former chief medical officer Sir David King, “40,000 excess deaths could have been avoided if government had acted responsibly”.
Russia reported a record increase of 232 coronavirus deaths on Friday as Moscow authorities released mortality figures to dispel allegations they were being manipulated.
The death toll from floods on Indonesia's Sulawesi island has risen to at least 21, authorities said on Wednesday as residents tried to salvage a few belongings from their inundated homes.
A video of a mother running behind a van carrying Peru's President Martin Vizcarra and begging him to save her husband from COVID-19 has gone viral.