The number of confirmed coronavirus cases around the world has passed 10 million.
Figures from the US-based Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre this morning revealed the landmark has been reached, as the death toll edges closer to 500,000.
The true figure will be far higher, however, with each country having different criteria for testing for the killer bug.
At 11.30am UK time, the number of confirmed cases across the globe stood at 10,001,527.
More than a quarter of these are in the US, where 2.5 million have tested positive.
Brazil, with 1.3 million, is the next highest.
In the UK, 311,727 people have tested positive – but it took months for the government to bring in widespread testing, and still only those with symptoms qualify for a test.
This means tens of thousands of cases will have slipped under the radar.
Figures today show the countries with the highest number of cases worldwide:
- USA – 2,510,323
- Brazil – 1,313,667
- Russia – 633,542
- India – 528,859
- UK – 311,727
- Peru – 275,989
- Chile – 267,766
- Spain – 248,469
- Italy – 240,136
- Iran – 220,180
- Mexico – 212,802
- Pakistan – 202,955
- France – 199,473
The US has the highest death toll, with 128,152 fatalities linked to Covid-19.
In the UK there have been 43,514 confirmed deaths, but official figures reveal the true number could be more than 10,000 higher.
Countries are beginning to ease lockdown measures, but this has raised alarm among scientists who warn that the number of infections is likely to increase as a result.
Since the start of the pandemic late last year, health services around the world have struggled to handle the deadly virus.
The disease is believed to have originated in a food market in Wuhan, China, late last year, and claimed its first life in Europe in January.
Today Boris Johnson warned that the pandemic is far from over, and called on Brits to stick to social distancing laws.
The Prime Minister – who has been criticised over the speed at which he’s lifting social distancing restrictions – told the Mail on Sunday: “You may think that you are immortal, that you won’t be a sufferer, but the bug you carry can kill your family and friends.
“I don’t want a second lockdown but wherever there is a local outbreak, whether in Ashfield or Anglesey, we will empower the local authorities to quarantine everyone who has got it, test back to the moment of infection and make the necessary closures.”