At least 302,418 people have died from Covid-19 so far, according to the latest statistics published by Johns Hopkins University.
The figures are likely to be an undercount, as do not include people who have died without being tested for the disease.
The grim milestone means that the epidemic has now overtaken the 1812 Russian typhus outbreak and the 1812–1819 Ottoman plague in terms of the raw number of people killed.
Deaths appear to be falling in the UK, although the US and Italy have both seen a slight uptick in the number of fatalities over the last two days.
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