The number of coronavirus cases recorded around the world has passed 100 million, on the same day the UK reached the grim milestone of 100,000 deaths.
The country with the most cases is the US, with more than 25 million, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
The number was reached on the same day the UK Government’s figure for Covid-19 deaths passed 100,000.
Britain is the fifth country in the world to record 100,000 virus-related deaths, after the US, Brazil, India and Mexico.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson offered his “deepest condolences” to the families of coronavirus victims as Government figures showed the UK death toll reached the 100,000 figure.
He said: “We did everything we could”.
Mr Johnson told a Downing Street briefing that it was “hard to compute the sorrow contained in that grim statistic: the years of life lost, the family gatherings not attended and for so many relatives the missed chance to even say goodbye”.
He vowed that as the country came out of the crisis “we will come together as a nation to remember everyone we lost and to honour the selfless heroism of all those on the front line who gave their lives to save others”.
A further 1,631 deaths of people who had tested positive for coronavirus within 28 days were recorded on Tuesday, bringing the UK total to 100,162.
Some 25,000 of those deaths have taken place since the start of the year, in a stark illustration of how the more infectious variant of the virus, first identified in Kent, has ripped across the country.