The number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths globally have surpassed the three-quarter million mark as infections continue to rise steadily.
The latest figures from the U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University show that the world’s COVID-19-related fatalities stood at 750,030 as of Thursday afternoon, five months since the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a pandemic.
The world’s total caseload stood at 20,651,113.
The United States remans the world’s worst-affected country, having reported 5,197,749 cases and 166,038 deaths. The figures represent 25.2 percent of the world’s infections and 22.1 percent of the total fatalities.
Other than the U.S., only two other countries in the world have reported more than a million infections; Brazil (3,164,785) and India (2,396,637).
In terms of deaths, Brazil (104,201) is the only other country that has registered more than 100,000 fatalities.
South Africa is the worst-hit country by the pandemic in Africa, having reported 568,919 confirmed cases and 11,010 deaths. The country accounts for 52.7 percent of the continent’s infections and 45.2 percent of its fatalities.