Global coronavirus deaths exceed 700,000

One person dies every 15 seconds on average

The global death toll from the coronavirus pandemic exceeded 700,000 on Wednesday with the United States, Brazil, India and Mexico leading the rise according to a Reuters tally.

Nearly 5,900 people are dying every 24 hours from COVID-19 on average, according to Reuters calculations based on data from the past two weeks.

That equates to 247 people per hour, or one person every 15 seconds.

Even in parts of the world that had appeared to have curbed the spread of the virus, countries have recently seen single-day records in new cases, signaling the battle is far from over.

Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, Bolivia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Bulgaria, Belgium, Uzbekistan and Israel all recently had record increases in cases.