Global COVID-19 cases climb past 1.5 million
The world has reached a grim milestone as COVID-19 cases have surged past 1.5 million according to research published by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.
The study found that thus far, 1,513,358 people have been infected by the contagious virus.
A total of 88,415 people have died from the illness while 329,329 individuals have fully recovered.
COVID-19 first emerged in Wuhan, China on December 31, 2020, and quickly became a global pandemic.
The United States has the most cases, accounting for almost a third of the global count at 430,376. Europe is also struggling to stem the spread of the pathogen with Spain accounting for 148,220 cases and Italy recording 139,422 positives. Rome, however, has the highest death toll worldwide with 17,669 fatalities.