The coronavirus pandemic has now infected more than 700,000 people around the world, the latest figures revealed today.
There have been at least 721,595 cases including 33,881 fatalities in 183 countries and territories, according to official sources.
The United States has the largest outbreak in the world with 143,055 confirmed virus patients, of whom 2,514 have died.
Italy has the unwanted lead in deaths, recording a death toll of 10,779 people out of 97,689 confirmed cases.
China, where the outbreak first emerged in December 2019, has officially registered 81,470 cases and 3,340 deaths.
Some 3.4billion people are now living under severe lockdown restrictions which would have been unthinkable in many democracies until a few weeks ago.
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Source: Daily Mail