New York, 19 October 2020 (dpa/MIA) – The number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide surpassed 40 million on Monday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
The grim milestone comes as European countries are seeing a second wave of infections and case numbers are rising in the United States and other nations.
The tracker from the US university, based on local health authorities’ data, puts global coronavirus-related deaths at more than 1.1 million.
Experts believe the true number of cases and deaths are likely to be far higher than the official tally, due to undetected infections and uneven testing and reporting.
The US leads the world in the number of confirmed cases at 8.1 million, followed by India with 7.5 million, and Brazil with 5.2 million infections.
The first coronavirus cases were recorded in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December.