The number of people confirmed to have contracted the new coronavirus exceeds more than two million cases worldwide on Wednesday, April 15th, according to data compiled by Worldometers.
The first million infections were reached on 2nd April, meaning that another million cases were diagnosed in less than two weeks.
At least 126,500 people have died from the COVID-19 virus, and more than 484,000 have been confirmed to recover.
The highest number of infections as of April 15th was recorded in the USA – 614,246. The highest number of deaths – 26,064 – was also registered in the USA.
It should be noted that official data do not fully reflect the true prevalence of COVID-19, as in many countries testing is limited to more severe symptoms. For some people, the symptoms can be mild. Researchers estimate that only 6% of all COVID-19 cases could be detected.
There are also concerns that not all countries provide true data. Such concerns have been expressed mainly about the original epicenter of the disease in China.
The spread of the new coronavirus began in China at the end of last year. In the following months, it spread rapidly around the world, with Europe becoming the center of COVID-19 distribution, but at the end of March, the United States came first in terms of disease spread.
On March 11th, the World Health Organization announced that the spread of COVID-19 had reached the level of a global pandemic.
The COVID-19 outbreak has led to various restrictions on movement and social life around the world, which are having a profound effect on the economy. A number of countries have closed their borders to foreigners, but cities have quarantined. Many people spend time and work from home.