Australia testing public coronavirus covid
A member of the public is seen getting a test for the coronavirus disease at the Crossroads Hotel testing centre following a cluster of infections in Sydney, Australia, July 16, 2020. Image Credit: Reuters

New York: The new coronavirus pandemic has claimed more than 600,000 lives worldwide. A total of 600,523 deaths were recorded globally out of 14,233,355 cases, a count based on official data showed, including 205,065 deaths in Europe - the worst-affected continent.

The virus is spreading rapidly in Latin America - the region with the second-most recorded deaths - where 160,726 people have died.

The United States is the country with the most deaths with 140,103, followed by Brazil (78,772), Britain (45,273), Mexico (38,888) and Italy (35,042).

The number of deaths linked to COVID-19 has doubled in just over two months, and more than 100,000 new deaths have been registered in the three weeks since June 28.

The World Health Organisation reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases for the second day in a row, with the total rising by 259,848 in 24 hours.

The biggest increases reported on Saturday were from the United States, Brazil, India and South Africa, according to a daily report. The previous WHO record for new cases was 237,743 on Friday.