The number of coronavirus cases globally has now topped 5.5 million, according to a report by news agency AFP. More than one million new cases were reported in the past 10 days.
The world passed this somber milestone on Tuesday, with more than two-thirds of all confirmed cases recorded in Europe and the United States.
Europe has been the continent hardest hit by the outbreak of the virus, with the UK recording the highest number of both infections and Covid-19 deaths.
This latest tally comes as nations across the globe cautiously begin to ease lockdown measures. Critics say the figures may be a conservative estimate, as the widespread lack of sufficient testing has hindered countries’ ability to confidently report the real number of infections.
In Nigeria, the total number of confirmed cases is 8068 while the number of recovered and discharged patients stands at 2311. However, 233 persons have died as a result of the disease.