The global COVID-19 tally has surpassed 1-hundred million, meaning the virus has infected around 1.3 percent of the world's population.
According to Worldometer, a website that provides real-time statistics for the pandemic, global cases topped 1-hundred million while the accumulated global death toll stood at over 2.1 million as of Tuesday morning, Korea time.
It took just 16 days for the overall caseload to jump from 90 million to 1-hundred million.
Despite the grim milestone, many countries are witnessing a drop in new cases.
Britain, for example, reported over 22-thousand new daily infections on Monday, its lowest number in several weeks.
"Thankfully, there are early signs that the actions that we're taking are working. The rise in the number of cases is slowing and falling in some parts of the country like London and Scotland. At the same time, the number of vaccinations is going up."
UK health authorities say lockdown rules will be reviewed in mid-February, the target date for the top priority groups to receive their first vaccine dose.
At the same time, however, they also stressed that the pandemic continues to put immense strain on the nation's healthcare system.
In Asia, Japan also reported a drop in daily infections on Monday to the 2-thousand range, for the first time since late December, 2020.
The downtrend comes more than two weeks into a COVID-19 state of emergency was issued in Tokyo and its surrounding prefectures.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.