According to data released by the Johns Hopkins University, the deadly COVID-19, that originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan last December, has so far infected at least 6.9 million people globally. On Sunday, the number of deaths due to the infection reached at least 400,000.
The United States continues to be the worst-hit country in the world with the highest number of coronavirus cases. The country leads the world with nearly 1,10,000 confirmed virus-related deaths. So far, Europe has reported more than 175,000 deaths since the virus emerged last year.
Infections and death tally by the Johns Hopkins University have become the main worldwide reference for monitoring the virus. However, experts fear that the tally does not show the true picture of the devastating pandemic with many governments struggling to produce statistics that can reasonably be considered as true indicators of the outbreak given the low testing numbers.
Countries like Italy and Spain, who have a combined death toll of over 60,000, have acknowledged that their death count is larger than this figure.
Brazil's government has decided to stop reporting updates of the number of deaths and infections in the hard-hit South American country, in an obvious attempt to hide the true toll of the disease.
In France, the government announced that from Tuesday, it will ease restrictions limiting travel from the French mainland to overseas territories in the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean.
Spain is preparing to take another step forward in the scaling back of its containment with Madrid and Barcelona opening the interiors of restaurants with reduced seating on Monday.
China has reported its first non-imported case in two weeks, an infected person on the island of Hainan off the southern coast.