Worldwide coronavirus cases reach 30 million - with half being recorded from just three countries

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Confirmed cases of the coronavirus have topped 30 million worldwide, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.

More than half of the total Covid-19 infections have been recorded in just three countries – the US, India and Brazil.

The number increased by 10 million in just over a month and global cases passed 20 million on August 12, according to the US university’s tally.

The global death toll from Covid-19 currently stand at around 945,000 with fears the world could reach the grim miles stone of one million fatalities next week.

The United States leads the country count with at least 6,675,560 reported cases, followed by India with at least 5,214,677 and Brazil at 4,455,386, the numbers showed.

Individual numbers could vary as the university’s tally sometimes lags behind country reports.

The US also leads in the number of deaths at 197,643, followed by Brazil at 134,935 and India with a death toll of 84,372, the tally showed.

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Yesterday, the World Health Organization warned Europe was in a "very serious" situation as coronavirus numbers have reached levels not seen since the height of the pandemic.

The UK is seeing one of the fast growing coronavirus numbers on the continent, with cases doubling every seven to eight days.

In India, coronavirus cases have jumped by another 96,424 infections in the past 24 hours, showing little signs of slowing down.

The health ministry raised the nation’s confirmed total since the pandemic began to more than 5.21 million. It said 1,174 more people died in the past 24 hours, for a total of 84,372.

India is expected within weeks to surpass the reported infections seen in the United States, where more than 6.67 million people have been reported infected, the most in the world.

Health workers collect a nasal swab sample to test for Covid-19 in Hyderabad, India Credit: AP

Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a fresh appeal to people to use face masks and maintain social distancing as his government chalked out plans to handle big congregations expected during a major Hindu festival season, beginning next month.

Meanwhile, Israel is set to go back into a full lockdown to try to contain an outbreak that has steadily worsened for months amid government infighting.

The three-week lockdown, beginning at 2pm local time (12pm BST) on Friday, will include the closure of many businesses, strict limits on public gatherings, and will largely confine people to within a kilometre (0.6 miles) of their homes.

The closures coincide with the Jewish High Holidays, when people typically visit their families and gather for large prayer services.

A coronavirus-themed mural intended to remind people to always wear mask in public places, in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia Credit: AP

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned that even stricter measures may be needed to prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed.

Elsewhere, New Zealand has reported no new confirmed cases of the coronavirus for the first time in more than five weeks as hopes rise that an outbreak discovered in Auckland last month has been stamped out.

Friday also marked the fourth consecutive day without any cases of community transmission. All recent cases have been found among quarantined travellers returning from abroad.

Authorities have still not pinpointed the origin of the August outbreak, which they believe was imported. Auckland was temporarily placed into lockdown as the country continued its strategy of trying to completely eliminate community spread of the virus.

New Zealand has reported a total of just over 1,800 cases and 25 deaths.