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Global coronavirus caseload reaches 110.1 million
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 17 - 02 - 2021

As many as 110.1 million (110,116,830) people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 2,431,626 have died, according to a worldodometer tally. It reported that there have been 84,937,501 cases of global recoveries.
Coronavirus is continuing its spread across the world with over 100 million confirmed cases in 218 countries and more than 2.43 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 28 million cases and more than 499,000 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 Tuesday xxxxx new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours as the confirmed cases nation-wide crossed 28 million according to Johns Hopkins University. The tally showed that the confirmed cases nationwide reached 28,381,220 and at least 499,991 deaths across US, with the country remaining the world's worst hit by the pandemic.
According to COVID Tracking Project. The US ranks first globally in the number of coronavirus cases and deaths.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Dr. Rochelle Walensky told NBC network, "We are still at about 100,000 cases a day. We are still at around 1,500 to 3,500 deaths per day. The cases are more than two-and-a half fold times what we saw over the summer. It's encouraging to see these trends coming down, but they're coming down from an extraordinarily high police."
India and Brazil have the second and third highest case tallies, recording some 10.9 and 9.8 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 Moscow, Russia reported 12,828 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number of confirmed infections to 4,112,151 after it crossed the 4 million mark. Russia's coronavirus crisis center said 467 coronavirus patients had died in the last 24 hours and the overall national coronavirus death toll was at 81,446.
They added 17,919 people recovered from the virus, raising the total number of recoveries to 3,642,582.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 Wednesday 560 deaths and 7,556 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases said the country's death toll increased to 66,164 cases and the total confirmed cases those to 2,350,399.
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 Health Ministry reported 19,590 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours on Tuesday. France's cumulative total of cases now stands at 3,489,129. The COVID-19 death toll was up by 410 to 82,812. France announced its approval of the use of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and to include it in its vaccine program.
In Brussels, total infections of coronavirus cases in Belgium on Wednesday increased to 741,205 with 1,717 new infections reported by Belgian health authorities. They reported 48 more deaths from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours raising the total death toll to 21,750.
In Vienna, Austrian authorities announced Wednesday that they recorded 1,735 new coronavirus cases raising the total number of confirmed infections to 437,865. More than 415,000 cases have recovered Since the start of the pandemic, deaths have reached 8,290, said the country's Health Ministry.
In Beijing, China Wednesday reported 7 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 89,795 and fatalities remained at 4,636.
It added 55 people have recovered from the virus and left hospitals in the past 24 hours to reach a total of 84,602. There are still 557 patients receiving treatment.
In New Delhi, India said on Wednesday that 100 people died due to COVID-19 while 11,610 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 155,913 as the total number of positive cases mounted to 10,937,320.
According to the ministry, 10,644,858 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 Wednesday 1,475 daily cases of novel coronavirus, raising the nation's total number 419,781, the Health Ministry and local authorities said. The country's cumulative death toll stood at 5,978.
rose by 94 and stood at 7,155.
Tokyo added 378 new infections, staying below 500 for the 11th straight day, which brought the total cases in the Japanese capital to 108,337.
In an effort to curb the spread of coronavirus variants, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared a state of emergency for Tokyo and three surrounding prefectures. It had suspended new entries of non-resident foreign nationals from around the world to Japan through Jan. 31.
In Seoul, South Korea reported 621 new coronavirus cases Wednesday, Yonhap reported in the past 24 hours, bringing the total caseload at 84,946, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA).
Four people died in the past 24 hours raising the death toll to 1,538. Of the newly identified local infections, 247 cases were reported in Seoul and 147 cases in Gyeonggi Province that surrounds the capital.
Authorities on Monday lowered the social distancing to level 2 — the third highest in the five-tier system — for the Greater Seoul metropolitan area and level 1.5 for the rest of the country, effective two weeks. A ban on private gatherings of five or more people remains in place, while re8unions of immediate family members are allowed..
In Latin America, Brazil has more than nine million confirmed cases (9,800,000) and the world's second highest death toll (238,532). 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 3.8 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 Tunis, Tunisia's Ministry of Health on Monday announced 42 deaths from the novel coronavirus and 780 more infections in 24 hours. The tally of confirmed deaths and infections rose to 7,617 and 224,329 respectively since the outbreak of the virus. Meanwhile, overall recoveries went up to 184,499.
Meanwhile, Mauritania's Ministry of Health said Tuesday that 20 persons tested positive for the novel coronavirus, bringing the country's caseload to 17,016 while pushing the fatalities reached 430.
One more fatality in the last 24 hours pushed the death toll from the viral illness to 431. The report said, 31 patients have been discharged from hospitals, raising the overall recoveries to 16,296 cases. — Agencies

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