The number of COVID-19 infections crossed two million on Wednesday across the globe.
While the first million infections took 93 days, the second took place in 13 days, with the United States and Europe affected the most.
In all, about 130,802 people have fallen prey to the infection, stated reports quoting data tracked by worldometers.info.
According to the website, United States and countries in Europe account for 78 per cent of infections and 86 per cent of the fatalities.
United States is now the biggest hot spot, adding 2,228 fatalities in 24 hours to take its total death toll to over 26,000.
Of these, at least 10,000 are in New York.
The other regions where the COVID-19 has hit hard are Italy, France, Spain and the United Kingdom, with Spain accounting for the highest number of deaths per capital (390 per million people).
However, holding out some hope, a lack of fresh hot spots globally has now fuelled discussions about how some places might begin to reopen.
Scientists and health experts are now looking at low and middle-income countries such as India, where the disease has the potential to exact more severe costs due to inferior health care facilities.