The global death toll from the coronavirus surpassed 700,000 yesterday, according to AFP and Reuters tallies, with the United States, Brazil, India and Mexico leading the rise in fatalities.
Nearly 5,900 people are dying every 24 hours from COVID-19 on average, according to Reuters calculations based on data from the past two weeks.
That equates to 247 people per hour, or one person every 15 seconds.
The novel coronavirus has killed at least 701,112 people since the outbreak emerged in China last December, according to AFP. At least 18,572,720 cases of coronavirus have been registered in 196 countries and territories. Of these, at least 10,917,200 are now considered recovered.
On Tuesday, 6,784 new deaths and 252,972 new cases were recorded worldwide.
Based on latest reports, the countries with the most new deaths were United States with 1,302 new deaths, followed by Brazil with 1,154, and Mexico with 857.
The United States is the worst-hit country with 156,830 deaths from 4,771,846 cases. After the US, the hardest-hit countries are Brazil with 95,819 deaths from 2,801,921 cases, Mexico with 48,869 deaths from 449,961 cases, Britain with 46,299 deaths from 306,293 cases, and India with 39,795 deaths from 1,908,254 cases.
Despite the consistent death toll, US President Donald Trump said the coronavirus outbreak is as under control as it can get in the United States.
"They are dying, that's true," Trump said in an interview with the Axios news website. "It is what it is. But that doesn't mean we aren't doing everything we can. It's under control as much as you can control it. This is a horrible plague."
In Brazil, President Jair Bolsonaro has minimized the gravity of the pandemic and opposed lockdown measures, even as he and at least eight of his cabinet members tested positive for the virus.
Latin America surpassed Europe on Tuesday to become the region with the highest coronavirus death toll worldwide, according to a Reuters tally. The region has now recorded more than 206,000 deaths, approximately 30% of the global total.
Even in parts of the world that had appeared to have curbed the spread of the virus, countries have recently seen single-day records in new cases, signalling the battle is far from over.
Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, Bolivia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Bulgaria, Belgium, Uzbekistan and Israel all recently had record increases in cases.
Australia also reported a record number of new deaths yesterday, taking the country's total to 247. 15 people died in the last 24 hours, all in Victoria state.
In India, authorities yesterday reported 52,509 new cases. Nevertheless authorities eased restrictions aimed at limiting its spread, allowing gyms and yoga studios to open. Indian health ministry said India's fatality rate was now 2.10%, the lowest since the outbreak first appeared.