The number of global cases of the novel Coronavirus has exceeded two million as at Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins University in the United States of America.
The disease, also known as COVID-19, first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019, with the Chinese authorities informing the World Health Organization (WHO) about cases of pneumonia with unknown causes on 31 December.
A total of 185 counties/regions have been affected by the disease, declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on 11 March.
According to the tally by John Hopkins’, 138,008 deaths have been reported globally as at Thursday morning, with thousands reported in the United States, Italy, Spain, France, China, Iran and the United Kingdom.
The US has recorded the highest number of confirmed Coronavirus cases with 639,644 cases and 30,985 deaths reported.
Spain comes in a distant second with 182,816 confirmed cases and 19,130 deaths; while Italy has 165,155 cases and 21,645 deaths.
Of the 507,330 persons who have recovered from COVID-19, China tops the list with 78,311 recoveries, followed by Germany with 72,600 recoveries.
Nigeria has recorded 407 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 12 deaths reported, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
Governments across the world, including Nigeria, have been forced to impose a lockdown of their countries, halt economic activities and urging their citizens to stay at home due to the escalating spread of Coronavirus.