The total death toll from the coronavirus pandemic has exceeded 1.2 million, according to data compiled by the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.
The death tolls refer to the 46.5 million cases collected in a pandemic that lasted nearly a year and comes when the European continent reaches its own grim threshold of more than 10 million confirmed coronavirus cases.
Europe is in the grip of a second wave of the virus, with a number of countries, including Belgium, the United Kingdom, France and Germany, imposing a new set of restrictions to contain the spread of the virus.
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director of the World Health Organization, announced Sunday that he is in quarantine after he was identified as having contact with someone testing positive for COVID-19. Dr. Tedros tweeted that he is healthy, “and symptom free,” but will isolate himself “per @WHO protocols and work from home.”
“It is imperative that we all follow health guidelines,” wrote Dr. Tedros. “By doing this, we will break the chains of transmission of # COVID19, suppress the virus and protect health systems.”
According to Sunday British media reports, British Prince William was one of 10 million coronavirus cases in Europe. The 38-year-old prince was reportedly diagnosed in April, just weeks after his father, Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, announced he was going into self-isolation after showing mild symptoms of the virus.
The illnesses of Prince Charles and Prince William occurred in the same month that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was diagnosed with COVID-19, as a result of which he was hospitalized and placed in intensive care for several days.
One of the bright spots of the global pandemic is Australia, where health authorities said on Saturday that there were no new cases of COVID-19 in the country, the first day of no new cases in five months.