(Reuters) - The number of coronavirus infections around the world hit 13 million on Monday, according to a Reuters tally, climbing by a million in just five days.
Reuters’ global tally, which is based on government reports, shows the disease accelerating fastest in Latin America.
Some places, such as the Australian city of Melbourne and Leicester in England, are implementing a second round of shutdowns.
Chinese-ruled Hong Kong, albeit with a low 1,522 cases, is to tighten social distancing measures again amid growing worries about a third wave.
In Brazil, 1.86 million people have tested positive, including President Jair Bolsonaro, and more than 72,000 people have died.
After the first cases were reported in China around the new year, it took three months to reach one million cases.
But it has taken just five days to climb to 13 million cases from 12 million. »