More than 500,000 people have now died with coronavirus across the world.
The global death toll currently stands at 501,893, while there are more than 10,000,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University researchers.
About one in four of deaths, more than 125,000, have occurred in the US, while Brazil has the second-highest death toll – more than 57,000 fatalities.
The UK follows with the official death toll currently standing at 43,550 after 36 more people were reported to have lost their lives on Sunday.
The tragic milestone comes as some countries scale back reopenings after seeing spikes in cases.
California governor Gavin Newsom has rolled back the reopenings of bars in seven counties, less than a month after they welcomed customers back in.
Similar decisions were made by Republican governors in Texas and Florida in an attempt to stop the rising infection rate.
The governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, said the pandemic had taken ‘a very swift and very dangerous turn’ in the state.
Meanwhile, South Africa health minister Zwelini Mkhize has warned the country has witnessed a surge in cases from people who ‘moved back into the workplace’.
He said: ‘It was therefore inevitable that there would be cluster outbreaks as infections spilled over from communities into places of congregation such as mines, factories, taxis and buses.’
England is set to reopen pubs and restaurants on July 4 – but ministers are already said to be discussing the country’s first local lockdown.
Priti Patel confirmed yesterday that Leicester could be the first place to return to full lockdown restrictions after it was revealed 658 new cases were recorded in the area in the two weeks to June 16.
However, Shadow Health Secretary Jon Ashworth has played down this prospect, saying Ms Patel may have ‘got slightly in a muddle or inadvertently misled viewers’.
He told Radio 4: Yes, we have a spike in infections here in Leicester, yes we have to respond to that with extra testing capacity and extra support for the local authority, but nobody is proposing a local lockdown in the way that appears to have been presented in the media. Matt Hancock and I were at one with that.’
The mayor of Leicester has also said more Covid-19 testing data is needed before implementing a lockdown.
Sir Peter Soulsby said the information was ‘key to determining what intervention is needed’ to respond to a recent surge in Covid-19 cases.
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