The official number of global coronavirus cases is now more than five times the number of severe influenza illnesses recorded annually, according to World Health Organization data.
Around the world, there have been almost 1 million deaths, considered a lagging indicator given the two-week incubation period of the virus. That has well exceeded the upper range of 290,000 to 650,000 annual deaths linked to influenza.
India on Wednesday became only the second country in the world, after the United States, to record more than 5 million cases.
The United States has about 20% of all
global cases, although it has just 4 per cent of the world's population.
Brazil, the third worst-hit country, accounts for roughly 15% of global cases.
It took 18 days for global cases to surge from 25 million to more than 30 million. It took 20 days for the world to go from 20 million to 25 million and 19 days to go from 15 million to 20 million.