Global deaths linked to the new strain of coronavirus have passed one million.

Confirmed cases of the virus are also currently over 33,270,000 worldwide, according to John Hopkins University of Medicine data.

Around one fifth of the fatalities have been reported by the United States, which has a death toll of 205,031 figures show.

Brazil sits in second, with a total of 142,058, while India's 95,542 puts it in third and Mexico is fourth with 76,430.

The UK, fifth for the most deaths, saw its toll reach 42,090 on Monday.

An excavator covers the coffins buried in a mass grave at the Nossa Senhora cemetary in Manaus, Amazon state, Brazil

The first recorded death from the new virus was on January 9, a 61-year-old man from the Chinese city of Wuhan who was a regular shopper at a wet market that has been identified as the source of the outbreak.

It took 91 days for the death toll to pass 100,000 and a further 16 days to reach 200,000, according to a Reuters tally of official reports from governments.

mortuary attendants preparing to put the body of a patient into a coffin at Bogor General Hospital

It then surpassed half a million people at the end of June, a grim milestone with the pandemic already seeming to be into its second wave in some countries.

The respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus has been particularly dangerous for the elderly, although other adults and children are also among the fatalities and reported cases.

In just five months from January, the Covid-19 death toll overtook the number of people who die annually from malaria, one of the most deadly infectious diseases.

Grave diggers carry a coffin at the General Cemetery in Santiago

It comes as panic buying continued in the UK on Sunday as supermarkets ramped-up rationing to prevent shelves from being cleared like they were at the start of the pandemic.

While Britain could avoid another full-blown lockdown by  making everyone over 45-years-old shield,  scientists advising the Government have said.

And Professor Mark Woolhouse, a top expert advising the Government, warned that  a third wave of Covid-19 is “entirely possible”.

Ministers are under growing pressure to review the “hard” 10pm curfew on pubs, bars and restaurants amid criticism that the new rules are leading to revellers filling streets en masse.