The number of coronavirus cases surpassed the 12 million mark globally on Wednesday.
According to worldometers data the number of confirmed cases is at 12,170,572 including 552,112 deaths. The number of recoveries reached 7,069,288.
According to the World Health Organization, the number of cases are now triple that of severe influenza illnesses recorded annually.
After sudden evidence of the virus being airborne has forced World Health Organization has forced to rethink guidelines.
Countries around the world imposed lockdowns to curb the spread of the virus. After about two months of lockdown the world has begun to lift restrictions even though cases keep rising. However, China and Australia re-imposed lockdown after a surge in infections.
Experts warn of an altered way of living till the threat disappears or a vaccine was made available.
The first case was reported in China in early January and it took 149 days for the virus to infect 6 million people. It has taken less than a third of that time, just 39 days, to double to 12 million cases.
The first deaths was reported on 10th January in Wuhan, China before infections and fatalities surged in Europe and then later in the United States.
United States reported a total of 3 million cases and accounts for more than a quarter of both global cases and global fatalities.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro tested positive for coronavirus after downplaying the seriousness of the pandemic. Brazil has more than 1.7 million cases and nearly 68,000 deaths.
India overtook Russia to become the world’s worst third worst affected nations after loosening restrictions in recent weeks.