Recorded deaths from the coronavirus has reached 700,600 on Wednesday as the fatal virus surged back at hotspots in Asia, Europe and the US, prompting renewed restrictions, targeted lockdowns, closing borders and compulsory mask-wearing orders.
The United States accounts for more than 20% of all reported deaths caused by COVID-19, with more than 156,800 fatalities, and followed by Brazil (with 95,819 deaths), Mexico (with 48,869 deaths), the United Kingdom (with 46,295 deaths), India (with 39,795 deaths), Italy (with 35,171 deaths), France (with 30,297 deaths), Spain (with 28,498 deaths), Peru (with 20,007 deaths), Iran (with 17,617 deaths) and Russia (with 14,327 deaths).
The number of infections exceeded 18.54 million, according to the JHU.
The United States and Latin America are the new epicenters of the COVID-19 pandemic and both are struggling to curb the spread of the virus.
On Monday, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that despite strong hopes for a vaccine, there might never be a "silver bullet" for the coronavirus, and the road to normality would be long.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and WHO emergencies head Mike Ryan exhorted all nations to rigorously enforce health measures such as mask-wearing, social distancing, hand-washing and testing.
On Saturday, the WHO warned the coronavirus pandemic was likely to be "lengthy" after its emergency committee met to evaluate the crisis six months after sounding the international alarm.