- The pace of coronavirus infections has accelerated since late May
- US continues to report tens of thousands of new cases each day
Global coronavirus cases topped 17 million on Thursday after the United States recorded 1,267 new coronavirus deaths in 24 hours, crossing the 150,000 mark.
Figures from Johns Hopkins University show the United States is the worst hit country, followed by Brazil, which also reported a sobering figure as it surpassed 90,000 deaths.
Nations around the globe, even those that believed they had largely curbed the disease, are seeing a rise in cases that are damaging economies and forcing protection measures that have disrupted all aspects of life.