Confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) have surged past 1 million worldwide, as cases in Australia pass the 5,000 mark for the first time.

The harrowing milestone comes via John Hopkins University in the US, which has publicly listed confirmed cases across the globe since January. 

At time of writing, the University’s Coronavirus Resource Centre states 1,002,159 cases have been confirmed globally. More than 50,000 deaths have been recorded worldwide.

The United States now has the most confirmed cases of any nation, with nearly 240,000 incidences of COVID-19 detected across the country, followed by Italy, Spain, and Germany.

China, the epicentre of the outbreak, has officially recorded 82,432 cases, 76,565 of whom have recovered.

Italy has recorded nearly 14,000 deaths as a result of the virus, with more than 10,000 fatalities in Spain.

As of 3pm yesterday, Australia’s Department of Health states 5,133 cases have been confirmed within our borders, and 23 people have died as a result of the virus.

The figures represent a stark picture of the virus’ spread across the planet, but suggests countries which have enacted strict social distancing measures and proactive testing regimes have slowed its progress.

You can check out John Hopkins University’s dashboard here.

Image: John Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Centre