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Global coronavirus cases hits 86m; death toll crosses 1.86m
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 05 - 01 - 2021

As many as 86.1 million (86,197,305) people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 1,863,109 have died, according to a worldodometer tally. It reported that there have been 61,177,962 cases of global recoveries.
Coronavirus is continuing its spread across the world with over 85 million confirmed cases in 218 countries and more than 1.86 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 Monday 210,479 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours as the confirmed cases nation-wide crossed 20 million. It also recorded 1,394 virus-related deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. The tally showed that the confirmed cases nationwide reached 20,636,663 and at least 351,580 deaths across US, with the country remaining the world's worst hit by the pandemic.
Furthermore there were a record 125,554 people 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 10.3 and 7.7 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 that the death toll from coronavirus has risen by 407 to 75,431, the Department of Health and Social Care said on Monday. As many as 58,784 more lab-confirmed cases raised the country's overall count to nearly 2,713,000, according to the department's daily update.
In Moscow, Russia reported 24,246 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, bringing the total number of confirmed infections to 3,284,384 after it crossed the 3.28 million mark. Russia's coronavirus crisis center said 518 coronavirus patients had died in the last 24 hours and the overall national coronavirus death toll was at 59,506.
They added 22,632 people recovered from the virus, raising the total number of recoveries to 2,662,668.
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 Tuesday 944 deaths and 11,897 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases said the country's death toll increased to 35,518 cases and the total confirmed cases those to 1,787,410.
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 Rome, Italy's death toll from the coronavirus outbreak hit 75,680 on Monday after 348 more people succumbed to the disease over the past 24 hours, Health Ministry data showed. Some 10,800 new cases were logged in the same period to raise the total in one of the world's worst-affected countries to 2,166,244, according to government figures. It noted 16,206 people recovered from the virus in the past day, taking the tally to more than 1,520,000 recoveries since the outbreak of the pandemic.
In Brussels, total infections of coronavirus cases in Belgium on Tuesday increased to 650,887 with 876 new infections reported by Belgian health authorities. They reported 49 more deaths from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours raising the total death toll to 19,750.
In Amsterdam, the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment Monday reported that 6,671 new coronavirus cases were reported in the Netherlands raising the total number of infections to 828,079. Also around 65 more deaths were reported in the last 24 hours raising the total deaths from COVID-19 to 11,646, said the institute.
In Vienna, Austrian authorities announced Monday that they recorded 1,642 new coronavirus cases raising the total number of confirmed infections to 366,900. More than 338,000 cases have recovered since the start of the pandemic, deaths have reached 6,357, said the country's Health Ministry.
In Beijing, Mainland China reported 33 new COVID-19 cases matching the count from the day before, the country's national health authority said on Tuesday. The National Health Commission said in a statement that 16 of the new cases were infections imported from overseas.
The commission reported 17 new locally transmitted cases: 14 in Hebei province, two in Liaoning province and one in the capital city of Beijing. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in mainland China now stands at 87,183, while the death toll remained unchanged at 4,634, said the Reuters report.
In New Delhi, India said on Tuesday that 201 people died due to COVID-19 while 16,375 new cases of the coronavirus were registered in the past 24 hours. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said that fatalities due to COVID-19 rose to 149,850 as the total number of positive cases mounted to 10,356,844.
According to the ministry, 9,975,958 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 Tuesday 4,033 daily cases of novel coronavirus, raising the nation's total number 251,004, the Health Ministry and local authorities said. The country's cumulative death toll rose by 52 and stood at 3,646.
Tokyo added 1,278 new infections for its second-highest daily tally, which brought the total cases in the Japanese capital to 64,752. In an effort to curb the spread of coronavirus variants, the government suspended new entries of non-resident foreign nationals from around the world to Japan through Jan. 31.
In Seoul, South Korea reported 715 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, Yonhap reported in the past 24 hours, bringing the total caseload at 64,979, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA).
Twenty-six people died in the past 24 hours raising the death toll to 1,007. Of the newly identified local infections, 193 cases were reported in Seoul and 214 cases in Gyeonggi Province that surrounds the capital.
The government extended the current level 2.5 distancing measures in the capital area and Level 2 restrictions in the rest of the country until Jan. 17. South Korea is grappling to contain yet another wave of virus infections with the toughest social distancing rules banning gatherings of five or more people.
Brazil has registered more than 7.7 million cases of the virus since the pandemic began, while the official death toll has risen to 195,725, according to ministry data. Brazil ranks third in terms of infection numbers globally, behind the United States and India. On fatalities, Brazil ranks second behind the US.
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 and half 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 Monday that 1,277 more people tested positive for the novel coronavirus and 58 patients died over the past 24 hours. The figures took the country's tally to 145,464 infections and 7,863 deaths the ministry said. Another 703 patients have been discharged from the hospitals, bringing the overall recoveries to 114,601.
Morocco reported, during the past 24 hours, 656 new cases of the novel Coronavirus (Covid-19), bringing the total number of infections to 443,802. The Moroccan Ministry of Health said, in a statement, that it had reported 53 deaths of COVID-19, bringing the tally of deaths, since the start of Covid-19 breaking out, to 7,538 deaths, while the total number of recoveries rose to 414972.
In Rabat, Morocco on Monday said confirmed coronavirus cases had risen by 656 over the past 24 hours, while 53 more people succumbed to the disease to up the country's death toll to 7,538. The North African nation's caseload has reached 443,802 since the contagion came to light, according to the Health Ministry's data, 2,520 infected people have recovered which showed the tally of people who have recovered from the virus till date as 414,972.
In Tunis, Tunisia's Ministry of Health on Monday announced 62 deaths from the novel coronavirus and 1,252 more infections in 24 hours. The tally of confirmed deaths and infections rose to 4,862 and 144,796 respectively since the outbreak of the virus. Meanwhile, overall recoveries went up to 108,419.
Meanwhile, Mauritania's Ministry of Health said Monday that 81 persons tested positive for the novel coronavirus, bringing the country's caseload to 14,875. Two more fatalities in the last 24 hours pushed the death toll from the viral illness to 360. The report said, 241 patients have been discharged from hospitals, raising the overall recoveries to 12,377 cases. — Agencies

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