Global coronavirus cases climbs past 77.2 million

LONDON — As many as 77.2 million (77,264,853) people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 1,701,599 have died, according to a worldodometer tally. It reported that there have been 54,168,652 cases of global recoveries.

As many as 77.2 million (77,264,853) people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 1,701,599 have died.
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Coronavirus is continuing its spread across the world with over 77 million confirmed cases in 190 countries and more than 1.7 million deaths. The virus is surging in many regions and countries that had apparent success in suppressing initial outbreaks are also seeing infections rise again.

The US recorded of almost 196,295 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, and 2,517 virus-related deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. The tally showed that the confirmed cases nationwide reached 17,655,591 cases and at least 316,159 deaths, the highest figures in the world. Furthermore 114,000 people are currently hospitalized for coronavirus in the US, according to COVID Tracking Project. The US ranks first globally in the number of coronavirus cases and deaths.

India and Brazil have the second and third highest case tallies, recording some 10 and 7 million cases respectively. Infections have been reported in more than 218 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019.

Daily cases have now fallen in many European countries after steep rises in October. Lockdowns and other restrictions were reintroduced in some of the worst-affected regions to help bring numbers down.

In London, Britain said on Sunday said that coronavirus cases has risen by a one-day record of 35,928 to push the tally past the two million mark, blaming the rapid spread to a new variant of the virus linked to key mutations, according to the Department of Health and Social Care.

The tally of confirmed coronavirus-induced fatalities across the UK grew by 326 to 67,401, heath authorities data showed, despite the start of the inoculation campaign using the vaccine developed by Pfizer-BioTech.

Russia on Monday confirmed 29,350 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours pushing the national tally to 2,877,727. Authorities said 493 people had died overnight, taking the official death toll to 51,351. The coronavirus operations centre said 19,705 people recovered in the past 24 hours to reach 2,295,362.

The COVID-19 pandemic was confirmed to have spread to Russia on Jan. 31, 2020 when two Chinese citizens in Tyumen (Siberia) and Chita (Russia Far east) tested positive for the virus.

In Berlin, German health authorities reported on Monday 226 deaths and 16,643 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases said the country’s death toll increased to 26,275 cases and the total confirmed cases those to 1,510,652.

Germany responded to the second wave of the deadly pandemic by shutting hospitality businesses as well as leisure and sports facilities. Schools and non-essential shops have, however, remained open.

In Paris, the French Ministry of Health on Sunday reported 131 deaths from the novel coronavirus and 12,799 more infections. The caseload and death toll surged in the past 24 hours to 2,473,354 and 60,549 respectively, it noted.

In Rome, Italy’s death toll from the coronavirus outbreak hit 68,799 on Sunday after 352 more people succumbed to the disease over the past 24 hours, Health Ministry data showed. Some 14,104 new cases were logged in the same period to raise the total in one of the world’s worst-affected countries to 1,953,185, according to government figures.

In Brussels, total infections of coronavirus cases in Belgium on Monday increased to 625,930 with 2,170 new infections reported by Belgian health authorities. Up to 81 more deaths from COVID-19 were reported in the last 24 hours raising the total death toll to 18,626.

In Vienna, Austrian authorities announced Monday that they recorded 1,519 new coronavirus cases raising the total number of confirmed infections to 337,690. More that 303,000 cases have recovered since the start of the pandemic, deaths have reached 5,435, said the country’s Health Ministry.

In New Delhi, India said on Monday that 333 people died due to COVID-19 while 24,337 new cases of the coronavirus were registered in the past 24 hours, taking its total to 10,055,560, data from the Health Ministry showed. Deaths due to COVID-19 totaled 145,810.

According to the ministry, 9,606,111 people recuperated from the pandemic as it spread to 35 states. India has the world’s second-highest caseload, but daily infections have dipped steadily since hitting a peak in September.

In Tokyo, Japan reported on Monday 608 daily cases of novel coronavirus, raising the nation’s total number 199,856, the Health Ministry and local authorities said. The country’s cumulative date toll stood at 2.931. Tokyo added 392 new infections, which brought the total cases in the Japanese capital to 51,838. In response to a sharp increase in new infections across the country, the government plans to suspend its domestic travel subsidy campaign from Dec. 28 to Jan. 11.

In Seoul, South Korea added 926 new coronavirus cases on Monday, bringing the country’s total caseload to 50,591, according to Yonhap news agency. The daily death toll hit a record high of 24, raising the total to 698, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

Of the newly identified local infections, 327 cases were reported in Seoul and 237 cases in Gyeonggi Province that surrounds the capital. The local governments of greater Seoul area announced that the gatherings of five or more people would be banned beginning Wednesday.

In Latin America, Brazil has more than seven million confirmed cases and the world’s second highest death toll. The country is currently seeing a second surge in infections.

Argentina, Colombia and Mexico have also recorded more than one million cases and all three countries are still seeing very high numbers of daily confirmed cases.

Africa has recorded about 2.5 million cases, but the true extent of the pandemic there is not known as testing rates are low. South Africa, with more than 900,000 cases and 24,000 deaths, is the worst affected country on the continent.

Morocco, Egypt, Ethiopia and Tunisia are the only other African countries to officially record more than 100,000 cases.

In Cairo, the Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population said on Sunday that 664 more people tested positive for the novel coronavirus and 29 patients died over the past 24 hours. The figures took the country’s tally to 125,555 infections and 7,098 deaths the ministry said. Another 336 patients have been discharged from the hospitals, bringing the overall recoveries to 106,817.

In Tunis, Tunisia’s Ministry of Health on Sunday announced 32 deaths from the novel coronavirus and 1,536 more infections in 24 hours. The tally confirmed deaths and infections rose to 4,158 and 120,687 respectively since the outbreak of the virus.

Meanwhile, Mauritania’s Ministry of Health said Saturday that 232 persons tested positive for the novel coronavirus, bringing the country’s caseload to 12,278. Nine more fatalities in the last 24 hours pushed the death toll from the viral illness to 232. The report said, 119 patients have been discharged from hospitals, raising the overall recoveries to 8,545 cases.

— Agencies

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