The coronavirus pandemic has now infected more than 200,000 people around the globe after doubling in less than two weeks.
Between the start of the outbreak in December and March 7, there were 100,000 confirmed cases recorded.
But another 100,000 people have been infected in just 11 days since then, largely due to a surge in cases in Europe.
The John Hopkins University, which announced cases had surpassed the 200,000 mark, also recorded 8,006 deaths.
The current death toll suggests 4 per cent of patients who catch the virus die from it.
But experts say the death rate is probably lower than that because the true number of infections is much higher.
is far greater because some countries, including the UK, are only testing people hospitalised by the illness.