Coronavirus: Global death toll passes one million as nations prepare for winter.

More than one million people worldwide have died from COVID, according to research conducted by Johns Hopkins University. Experts believe the true number is likely far higher, partly because of the way different countries report deaths.

Since the pandemic emerged from the Chinese city of Wuhan in January, the new virus has spread worldwide to 188 countries and in many places is still spreading fast. Almost half of the deaths from coronavirus come from the US, Brazil and India.

There have been 32 million confirmed cases of the virus, although due to lack of testing this number is probably a severe underestimate.

Nations around the world have largely acted in unison in their response to the virus, by shutting borders and instigating lockdowns restricting the interactions between people in their countries. Britain has seen over 42,000 deaths from the virus, meaning it is one of the worst affected places in Europe.

The race to find a vaccine has led to billions being invested internationally to quickly develop and distribute an inoculation, which is seen by experts as the only way to stop the pandemic from wreaking havoc. The World Health Organisation has warned that virus deaths may hit two million before a vaccine is widely distributed.

Europe, North America, India and Brazil have been the worst affected areas around the world, with Africa seeing just 35,000 recorded deaths so far. Hotter and more humid climates, along with less population density, has helped the continent avoid a major outbreak.

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