Over 2.5 million people killed by COVID-19

The coronavirus has killed more than 2.5 million people since the pandemic began.

Graves of people who died in the past 30 days fill a new section of the Nossa Senhora Aparecida cemetery, amid the new coronavirus pandemic in Manaus, Brazil, Monday, May 11, 2020. The new section was opened last month to cope with a sudden surge in deaths. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

The globe surpassed the grim milestone today according to official figures by the AFP, which put fatalities at 2,500,172 and almost 113 million reported cases.

Europe is the hardest-hit region with 842,894 deaths, followed by Latin America and the Caribbean (667,972 deaths) and the US and Canada (528,039).

Almost half of the deaths have occurred in just five countries: the US, Brazil, Mexico, India and Britain.