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Global coronavirus caseload reaches 106.4 million
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 07 - 02 - 2021

As many as 106.4 million (106,427,511) people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 2,322,059 have died, according to a worldodometer tally. It reported that there have been 78,085,060 cases of global recoveries.
Coronavirus is continuing its spread across the world with over 100 million confirmed cases in 218 countries and more than 2.32 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 about 26 million cases and more than 459,000 deaths, the highest figures in the world.
Daily cases were at record levels in early January but they are now falling. More than 100,000 coronavirus patients are in hospital, but those numbers are dropping too.Canada, which has a far lower death rate than the US, also experienced a winter surge but daily cases are also falling there now.
The US recorded Saturday 128,114 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours as the confirmed cases nation-wide crossed 26 million. It also recorded 3,522 virus-related deaths according to Johns Hopkins University.
The tally showed that the confirmed cases nationwide reached 26,808,328 and at least 459,403 deaths across US, with the country remaining the world's worst hit by the pandemic.
Furthermore there were a record 86,373 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.
This comes as January was the "deadliest month of the pandemic in the US, with more than 95,000 COVID-19 fatalities reported," CNN reported.
India and Brazil have the second and third highest case tallies, recording some 10.8 and 9.4 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 828 to 112,092, the Department of Health and Social Care said on Saturday. As many as 18,262 more lab-confirmed cases raised the country's overall count to 3,900,000, according to the department's daily update.
Recently, the British government declared that flights to and from Latin America's countries and Portugal are banned because of fears of the spread of new mutated strains of the coronavirus that appeared in Brazil.
The ban suspends flights to and from Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Banana, Paraguay, Peru and others. As of next Monday, all passengers to Britain must have a document valid up to 72 hours free of coronavirus.
In Moscow, Russia reported 16,048 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, bringing the total number of confirmed infections to 3,967,281 after it crossed the 3.9 million mark. Russia's coronavirus crisis center said 432 coronavirus patients had died in the last 24 hours and the overall national coronavirus death toll was at 76,661.
They added 19,884 people recovered from the virus, raising the total number of recoveries to 3,456,210. 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 Sunday 231 deaths and 8,616 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases said the country's death toll increased to 61,517 cases and the total confirmed cases those to 2,284,010.
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 91,003 on Saturday after 358 more people succumbed to the disease over the past 24 hours, Health Ministry data showed.
Some 13,442 new cases were logged in the same period to raise the total in one of the world's worst-affected countries to over 2,625,098, according to government figures. It noted 15,134 people recovered from the virus in the past day, taking the tally to more than 2,107,061 recoveries since the outbreak of the pandemic.
In Brussels, total infections of coronavirus cases in Belgium on Sunday increased to 723,870 with 2,438 new infections reported by Belgian health authorities. They reported 57 more deaths from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours raising the total death toll to 21,352.
In Amsterdam, the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment Saturday that 4,130 new coronavirus cases were reported in the Netherlands raising the total number of infections to 1,000,000. Also around 61 more deaths were reported in the last 24 hours raising the total deaths from COVID-19 to 14,358, said the institute.
In Vienna, Austrian authorities announced Sunday that they recorded 1,317 new coronavirus cases raising the total number of confirmed infections to 423,839. More than 400,000 cases have recovered Since the start of the pandemic, deaths have reached 8,012, said the country's Health Ministry.
In Beijing, China Sunday reported 11 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, and no virus-related deaths in the past 24 hours. The National Health Commission said total registered infections rose to 89,692 and fatalities remained at 4,636.
It added 70 people have recovered from the virus and left hospitals in the past 24 hours to reach a total of 83,880. There are still 1,176 patients receiving treatment.
In New Delhi, India said on Sunday that 78 people died due to COVID-19 while 12,059 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 154,996 as the total number of positive cases mounted to 10,826,363.
According to the ministry, 10,522,601 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 Seoul, South Korea reported 393 more COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, including 366 local infections, raising the cumulative caseload to 80,524, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA), Yonhap News Agency reported. The Saturday's figure is higher than the 370 reported the previous day but lower than Thursday's tally of 451.
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.
In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil registered 1,239 COVID-19 deaths on Friday and 50,872 additional cases, according to data released by the nation's Health Ministry. The South American country has now registered 9,447,165 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 230,034 deaths, Reuters reported.
In Latin America, Brazil has more than nine million confirmed cases and the world's second highest death toll. The country is currently seeing a second surge in infections. 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 3.5 million cases, but the true extent of the pandemic there is not known as testing rates are low. Concern is growing about a South African variant of the disease which is thought to share some similarities with the new UK strain, including being more easily transmissible.
South Africa, with more than 1.2 million cases and more than 30,000 deaths, is the worst affected country on the continent. Morocco, Egypt, Ethiopia, Tunisia, Libya, Algeria and Nigeria are the other African countries to officially record more than 100,000 cases. Kenya is the only other country with close to 100,000 cases.
In Cairo, the Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population said on Saturday that 509 more people tested positive for the novel coronavirus and 44 patients died over the past 24 hours. The figures took the country's tally to 169,106 infections and 9,604 deaths the ministry said. Another 422 patients have been discharged from the hospitals, bringing the overall recoveries to 132,054.
In Rabat, Morocco on Saturday reported 587 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of infections in the country to 474,966. The total number of recoveries from COVID-19 in Morocco increased to 463,966 after 619 new ones were added, the ministry of health said in a statement. The death toll rose to 8,381 with 13 new fatalities during the last 24 hours.
In Tunis, Tunisia's Ministry of Health on Saturday announced 63 deaths from the novel coronavirus and 1,064 more infections in 24 hours. The tally of confirmed deaths and infections rose to 7,162 and 216,176 respectively since the outbreak of the virus. Meanwhile, overall recoveries went up to 172,885. — Agencies

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