Coronavirus cases pass 20 million worldwide 1 month ago

Coronavirus cases pass 20 million worldwide

The US accounts for a quarter of the global case total.

As of Monday, more than 20 million coronavirus cases have been confirmed globally, according to John Hopkins University.

It's been nearly five months since the World Health Organisation declared the outbreak a pandemic, with data putting the total number of deaths globally at nearly 734,000.

The United States accounts for a quarter of the global case total with five million cases and one in five deaths worldwide.

On Monday, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation, acknowledged that "behind these statistics is a great deal of pain and suffering" and called on governments and the public to play their role in suppressing the virus.

"I know many of you are grieving and that this is a difficult moment for the world," he said.

"But I want to be clear, there are green shoots of hope and no matter where a country, a region, a city or a town is – it's never too late to turn the outbreak around."

Ireland is expected to produce a red list of countries where travel is banned except for essential reasons.

It's been indicated that the US and Brazil will be included on it, while other EU countries and the UK will not.

On Monday it was reported that Ireland's coronavirus cases per 100,000 population over the past 14 days is now higher than in the UK, according to the European Centre for Disease Control.