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Global coronavirus caseload reaches 111.3 million
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 20 - 02 - 2021

As many as 111.3 million (111,340,871) people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 2,465,593 have died, according to a worldodometer tally. It reported that there have been 86,220,742 cases of global recoveries.
Coronavirus is continuing its spread across the world with over 100 million confirmed cases in 218 countries and more than 2.46 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 (28,604,719) and more than 507,758 deaths, the highest figures in the world. Daily cases were at record levels in early January but they are now falling. More than 18,803,861 coronavirus patients have recovered.
Canada, which has a far lower death rate than the US, also experienced a winter surge but daily cases are also falling there now.
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 12,953 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, bringing the total number of confirmed infections to 4,151,984 after it crossed the 4 million mark. Russia's coronavirus crisis center said 480 coronavirus patients had died in the last 24 hours and the overall national coronavirus death toll was at 82,876.
They added 17,484 people recovered from the virus, raising the total number of recoveries to 3,697,433. 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 490 deaths and 9,164 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases said the country's death toll increased to 67,696 cases and the total confirmed cases those to 2,378,883.
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 Brussels, total infections of coronavirus cases in Belgium on Saturday increased to 749,739 with 3,437 new infections reported by Belgian health authorities. They reported 38 more deaths from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours raising the total death toll to 21,859.
In Vienna, Austrian authorities announced Saturday that they recorded 1,877 new coronavirus cases raising the total number of confirmed infections to 443,536. More than 419,000 cases have recovered Since the start of the pandemic, deaths have reached 8,368, said the country's Health Ministry.
In Beijing, China Saturday reported 8 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 89,824 and fatalities remained at 4,636.
It added 38 people have recovered from the virus and left hospitals in the past 24 hours to reach a total of 84,734. There are still 454 patients receiving treatment.
In New Delhi, India said on Saturday that 101 people died due to COVID-19 while 13,993 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 156,212 as the total number of positive cases mounted to 10,977,387.
According to the ministry, 10,678,048 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 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 Cairo, the Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population said on Friday that 610 more people tested positive for the novel coronavirus and 49 patients died over the past 24 hours. The figures took the country's tally to 176,943 infections and 10,250 deaths the ministry said. Another 399 patients have been discharged from the hospitals, bringing the overall recoveries to 136,889.
In Tunis, Tunisia's Ministry of Health on Friday announced 35 deaths from the novel coronavirus and 725 more infections in 24 hours. The tally of confirmed deaths and infections rose to 7,719 and 226,740 respectively since the outbreak of the virus. Meanwhile, overall recoveries went up to 187,753. — Agencies


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