Over One Million People Have Now Recovered from Coronavirus
Johns Hopkins University figures show major milestone in beating global pandemic
Over one million people around the world have now recovered after being infected with the deadly coronavirus, according to new figures.
According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University - which has tracked the pandemic since it began - the major milestone was reached this week.
Worldwide, over 3.4 million people have been infected with COVID-19, and around 240,000 people have died.
According to the figures, there have now been around four times more recoveries than deaths.
Statistics show the United States has seen more than 161,000 people recover from the deadly illness, followed by Spain, at 142,000, and Germany, with 129,000.
However, because the true size of the pandemic remains a mystery, the actual number of infected patients who have recovered could potentially be millions more.
Dozens of countries around the world, including the UK, are clueless as to how many people have really been infected because of a lack of testing, according to The Daily Mail.
The UK does not even keep a daily track of how many patients have recovered from COVID-19.
For example, the most recent toll given by officials for how many infected Brits have recovered is just 859 out of 177,545 cases.
Britain's lack of data suggests that only around 0.5 percent of patients recover - but that is wildly inaccurate.
Germany, praised for its robust testing regime, has a recovery rate of around 75 percent, according to the Johns Hopkins website.
Spain's recovery rate is around 52 percent, while it is closer to 36 percent in Italy and 30 percent in France.
Using these percentages, it would suggest that between 50,000 and 130,000 Brits have really recovered.
But because estimates of the outbreak suggest millions of Brits have actually been infected, the true amount could well be a seven-figure number.
It comes after it was revealed Thursday that recoveries from the coronavirus in the US are now more than double the number of total deaths.
At least 161,000 Americans have won their fight against COVID-19, according to the latest data.
In comparison, the death toll was 65,776.
It offers hope for the US, which reports five-figure numbers when it comes to new cases per day - five times as many as China did during its peak.
To be considered recovered, a patient must have no fever without the help of drugs for 72 hours, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Additionally, the person must also show improvement in his or her respiratory health and have two negative test results taken at least 24 hours apart.
The current numbers are a far cry from the week of March 16 to 22 when 472 people died and 668 had recovered, only about a 41 percent difference.
But while deaths are increasing exponentially week over week, recoveries are rising at a faster rate.