Global COVID-19 deaths surpass 100,000

COVID-19 deaths have now surpassed 100,000 globally as countries around the world continue to report new cases.

The figure was reached on Friday, just 101 days since the first COVID-19 case was reported to the World Health Organization.

Figures from the Johns Hopkins University show that the U.S. is the most affected country worldwide, accounting for nearly 30 percent of the world's confirmed COVID-19 cases and over 17 percent deaths.

The U.S. has more than 473,000 cases with over 17,800 reported deaths.

Other than the U.S. only three other countries have recorded more than 10,000 COVID-19 deaths; Italy, Spain and France.

The latest figures come as the WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom warned countries against rushing to return to normalcy.

"I know that some countries are already planning the transition out of Stay Home restrictions. WHO wants to see restrictions lifted as much as anyone. At the same time, lifting restrictions too quickly could lead to a deadly resurgence. The way down can be as dangerous as the way up if not managed properly," Tedros said in a briefing on Friday.