It has been reported that more than two million cases of the new coronavirus have been officially registered around the world.
According to a tally compiled by the Agence France Presse, AFP at 1000 GMT Wednesday based on official sources, half of these cases are in Europe.
At least 2,000,576 infections, including 126,871 deaths, have been recorded. Europe is the hardest hit continent, with 1,010,858 cases and 85,271 fatalities. The United States, where the virus is spreading most rapidly, registered 609,240 cases, and 26,033 deaths.
The tallies, using data collected by AFP from national authorities and information from the World Health Organisation, probably reflect only a fraction of the actual number of infections. Many countries are testing only the most serious cases.