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Worldwide coronavirus cases cross 76 million
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 19 - 12 - 2020

As many as 76.1 million (76,143,682) people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 1,684,060 have died, according to a worldodometer tally. It reported that there have been 53,430,358 cases of global recoveries.
Coronavirus is continuing its spread across the world with over 76 million confirmed cases in 190 countries and more than 1.6 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 has recorded 233,271 new coronavirus cases and 3,270 virus-related deaths in the past 24 hours, according to Johns Hopkins University. The tally showed that the confirmed cases nation-wide reached 17,212,496 cases and at least 310,782 deaths, the highest figures in the world.
Furthermore 114,000 people were hospitalized for coronavirus, an all-time high for hospitalizations 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.
Russia on Saturday confirmed 28,209 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours pushing the national tally to 3,819,429. Authorities said 585 people had died overnight, taking the official death toll to 50,347. The coronavirus operations centre said 26,109 people recovered in the past 24 hours to reach 2,254,742.
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 Saturday 702 deaths and 31,300 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases said the country's death toll increased to 25,640 cases and the total confirmed cases those to 1,471,238.
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 Friday reported 374 deaths from the novel coronavirus and 15,674 more infections. The caseload and death toll surged in the past 24 hours to 2,442,990 and 60,229 respectively, it noted.
In London, the tally of confirmed coronavirus-induced fatalities across the UK grew by 489 to 66,541, heath authorities said on Friday. Some 28,507 more COVID-19 cases were also registered in the country over the last 24 hours, pushing the overall count to over 1.978,000, said the Department of Health and Social Care.
In Rome, the tally of confirmed coronavirus-induced fatalities rose to 67,220 on Friday after registering 674 more deaths in 24 hours in Italy. The Ministry of Health said 17,992 more infections were confirmed in the same period, to raise the total in one of the world's worst-affected countries to 1,921,778. Italy has overtaken Britain as the country with the highest death toll from the outbreak in Europe.
In Madrid, a total of 149 patients died from the novel coronavirus and 11,815 people were diagnosed with the virus in 24 hours. Friday's figures pushed the caseload to 1,797,236 and death toll to 48,926, Spain's Ministry of Health said.
In Brussels, total infections of coronavirus cases in Belgium on Saturday increased to 621,039 with 2,835 new infections reported by Belgian health authorities. Up to 84 more deaths from COVID-19 were reported in the last 24 hours raising the total death toll to 18,455.
In Vienna, Austrian authorities announced Saturday that they recorded 2,298 new coronavirus cases raising the total number of confirmed infections to 334,616. More that 297,000 cases have recovered since the start of the pandemic, deaths have arched 5,209, said the country's Health Ministry.
In New Delhi, India said on Saturday that 347 people died due to COVID-19 while 25,152 new cases of the coronavirus were registered in the past 24 hours, taking its total to 10,004,599, data from the Health Ministry showed. Deaths due to COVID-19 totaled 145,136.
According to the ministry, 9,550,712 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.
Meanwhile, Some 7.04 million people have been infected with the coronavirus in Brazil the country's Health Ministry said. On Wednesday, Latin America's largest country recorded 70,574 new infections in the past 24 hours, the highest number since the beginning of the pandemic.
Until now, 183,735 people have died in Brazil in connection to the virus. Brazil ranks third in terms of infection numbers globally, behind the United States and India. On fatalities, Brazil ranks second behind the US.
The government under President Jair Bolsonaro has opposed hard measures to contain the spread of the virus. State governments imposed regional measures in some states, though they have already been rolled back in some cases.
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. Peru is also approaching the milestone of one million cases, although daily cases are falling. The country has one of the highest deaths rates in the world.
Africa has recorded more than two million cases, but the true extent of the pandemic there is not known as testing rates are low. South Africa, with more than 800,000 cases and nearly 23,000 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 Tuesday that 579 more people tested positive for the novel coronavirus and 26 patients died over the past 24 hours. The figures took the country's tally to 124,280 infections and 7,041 deaths the ministry said. Another 238 patients have been discharged from the hospitals, bringing the overall recoveries to 106,157.
In Tunis, Tunisia's Ministry of Health on Friday announced 58 deaths from the novel coronavirus and 1,616more infections in 24 hours. The tally confirmed deaths and infections rose to 4,090 and 117,582 respectively since the outbreak of the virus.
Meanwhile, Mauritania's Ministry of Health said Tuesday that 241 persons tested positive for the novel coronavirus, bringing the country's caseload to 12,046. Ten more fatalities in the last 24 hours pushed the death toll from the viral illness to 264. The report said, 55 patients have been discharged from hospitals, raising the overall recoveries to 8,426 cases. — Agencies

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