Global coronavirus death toll passes 650,000

The global coronavirus death toll has reached 650,029, with over 16 million cases now confirmed worldwide.

More than 10 million patients have recovered.

The pandemic has surged back at hotspots in Asia, Europe and the Americas, prompting renewed restrictions and targeted lockdowns.

The US is still ahead in cases and deaths, with 147,143 fatalities from the virus.

The WHO said today that experts would meet this week to discuss downgrading Covid-19’s emergency status, six months after it was declared.

WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the coronavirus pandemic “continues to accelerate”, as the number of cases have doubled over the last six weeks. “COVID-19 has changed our world,” he tells reporters from WHO’s Geneva headquarters on Monday.

“It has brought people, communities and nations together– and driven them apart.”