Global coronavirus cases exceeded 5 million on Wednesday, with Latin America overtaking the US and Europe last week to report most of the new daily cases worldwide.
It represents a new phase in the spread of the virus, which peaked in China in February before widespread outbreaks occurred in Europe and the United States.
Latin America accounted for about a third of the 91,000 cases reported earlier this week. Europe and the United States each accounted for slightly more than 20%.
A large number of these new cases came from Brazil, which recently outperformed Germany, France and the United Kingdom and became the third largest outbreak in the world after the United States and Russia.
Cases in Brazil are now increasing second only to the United States every day.
The first 41 cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Wuhan, China, on January 10, and it took April 1 until the world reached its first million cases. Since then, according to a Reuters balance sheet, around 1 million new cases are reported every two weeks.
In more than 5 million cases, the virus infected more people in less than six months than the total annual number of severe flu cases, which the World Health Organization estimates are between 3 and 5 million worldwide.
The pandemic has claimed over 326,000 lives, although the actual number is estimated to be higher as tests are still limited and in many countries deaths outside of hospitals are not taken into account. Over half of all deaths have been recorded in Europe.
Despite the continuing increase in cases, many countries are opening schools and jobs after weeks of closures that have held up the spread.
Financial markets were also slightly boosted by promising early results from the first US human vaccine study.
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