A total of 30,848 coronavirus-related deaths had been recorded across the globe as of Sunday afternoon, according to the latest available data, on the John Hopkins University map tracking the spread of the virus.
The three places topping the list are:
And while the real number of people who have contracted COVID-19 is unknown with confirmed cases dependant on testing policies followed by each country, there are currently at least 664,924 patients worldwide. A total of 140,222 have recovered.
According to Agence France-Presse, Europe, accounts for two thirds of casualties, with Italy only having exceeded the 10,000 mark following 889 latest recorded deaths over the course of 24 hours.
Elsewhere in the European continent, France has surpassed 2,000 deaths, while Spain is among the countries to introduce further restrictive measures to battle the spread of the virus.
Amongst the major most recent developments are the new guidelines announced for New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut – the three hotspot states in the US.
After President Trump withdrew a quarantine proposal for New York and neighbouring states, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning urging residents “to refrain from non-essential travel for the next 14 days.”
Closer to Australia, on Sunday, Singapore confirmed a third COVID-19 related casualty while New Zealand, where the four-weeks lockdown was enacted a few days ago, reported the first death of a patient.
Of the country’s 510 + cases, the majority relates to overseas travelling.
“Today’s death is the reminder of the fight that we have on our hands,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.
“Stay at home, break the chain, and save lives.”