COVID-19: Global deaths reach 500,000

The global total of COVID-19 deaths has now surpassed 500,000.

It comes as the overall total number of cases reached 10 million - an increase of one million in a week, according to the Worldometers website.

There are 4,121,878 current active cases around the world. Of this, just over four million are in a mild condition and nearly 58,000 are in a serious or critical condition. It means there are 5,959,667 closed cases, 5.4 million of which have recovered and 501,298 have died.

The United States continues to have the highest total cases (2.5 million), the most deaths (128,152), the greatest number of active cases (1.3 million) and the largest number of cases classed as serious or critical (15,816).

The US also saw a record 44,782 new cases on Saturday (local time). It's the second day in a row new cases are above 40,000 and the fifth consecutive day a single-day record was set for new cases, the Washington Post reported.

Brazil has the second-highest number of both cases and recorded deaths, sitting at 1.3 million and 57,103 respectively. Over half of its cases have recovered and it currently has 542,933 active cases.

The United Kingdom comes in third with its number of cases, which is currently at 310,250. Its death toll is at 43,514, an increase of 100 from the previous day.

It announced during the weekend it will ditch a 14-day quarantine period for people arriving from countries it deems to be a lower risk for the virus. Official travel advice against all but essential travel outside of the UK will also be eased for a number of countries.