After less than six months, the total number of deaths linked to COVID-19 surpassed the number of people who die annually from malaria, one of the most deadly infectious diseases.
Almost one-quarter of all the deaths so far have been in the United States, though fatalities in Brazil, Mexico and India are rising rapidly, a Reuters tally shows.
Latin America is leading the world in new coronavirus cases, for the first time this week surpassing the combined infections in the United States and Canada. This is mainly due to the outbreak in Brazil, which is the second largest in the world.
Almost 40 countries have reported record single-day increases in coronavirus infections over the past week, around double the number that did so the previous week, according to a Reuters tally showing a pick-up in the pandemic in every region of the world.
A surge in cases usually precedes a rise in deaths by a couple of weeks.