The coronavirus pandemic has doubled in size in around a week with more than one million cases now recorded worldwide, figures show.
Data collated by the World Health Organization shows there were 414,000 cases of the life-threatening infection on March 25. On the same date, around 18,400 people had died, which has now soared to 47,260 – almost tripling within eight days.
With more than 216,000 infections across the country, the US is now worse affected by COVID-19 than any other country in the world. China and Italy have both previously been in that position, showing how rapidly the coronavirus crisis can evolve within a matter of days.
Half the world are estimated to be in lockdown in a bid to slow the spread, buying scientists crucial time in the global race to find a vaccine.