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Global coronavirus caseload reaches 111.7 million
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 21 - 02 - 2021

As many as 111.7 million (111,747,462) people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 2,474,080 have died, according to a worldodometer tally. It reported that there have been 86,915,135 cases of global recoveries.
Coronavirus is continuing its spread across the world with over 100 million confirmed cases in 218 countries and more than 2.47 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 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.
But fatalities have slowed dramatically: The U.S. reported 1,904 deaths on Saturday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. 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 London, Britain said that the death toll from coronavirus has risen by 445 to 120,365, the Department of Health and Social Care said on Saturday. As many as 10,406 more lab-confirmed cases raised the country's overall count to 4,501,000, 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. All passengers to Britain must have a document valid up to 72 hours free of coronavirus.
In Moscow, Russia reported 12,742 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, bringing the total number of confirmed infections to 4,164,726 after it crossed the 4 million mark. Russia's coronavirus crisis center said 417 coronavirus patients had died in the last 24 hours and the overall national coronavirus death toll was at 82,293.
They added 16,012 people recovered from the virus, raising the total number of recoveries to 3,713,445. 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 145 deaths and 7,676 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases said the country's death toll increased to 64,841 cases and the total confirmed cases those to 2,386,559.
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 Sunday increased to 752,379 with 2,640 new infections reported by Belgian health authorities. They reported 28 more deaths from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours raising the total death toll to 21,887.
In Amsterdam, the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment Saturday that 4,604 new coronavirus cases were reported in the Netherlands raising the total number of infections to 1,052,194. Also around 62 more deaths were reported in the last 24 hours raising the total deaths from COVID-19 to 15,204, said the institute.
In Vienna, Austrian authorities announced Sunday that they recorded 1,838 new coronavirus cases raising the total number of confirmed infections to 445,374. More than 420,000 cases have recovered Since the start of the pandemic, deaths have reached 8,386, said the country's Health Ministry.
In Beijing, China Sunday 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 89,831 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 84,772. There are still 423 patients receiving treatment.
In New Delhi, India said on Sunday that 90 people died due to COVID-19 while 14,264 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 156,302 as the total number of positive cases mounted to 10,991,651.
According to the ministry, 10,689,715 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 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil recorded 44,299 additional confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, along with 1,043 more deaths from COVID-19, the Health Ministry said on Saturday. Brazil has registered more than 9.8 million cases of the virus since the pandemic began, while the official death toll has risen to 238,532, according to ministry data.
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. The Africa Centers for Disease Control and prevention in Africa announced Sunday that the tally of cases surpassed 3,809,172 throughout Africa. Moreover the COVID-19 death toll reached about 100,674 cases, said Africa CDC.
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 600 more people tested positive for the novel coronavirus and 48 patients died over the past 24 hours. The figures took the country's tally to 177,543 infections and 10,298 deaths the ministry said. Another 405 patients have been discharged from the hospitals, bringing the overall recoveries to 137,294.
In Rabat, Morocco on Saturday said confirmed coronavirus cases had risen by 444 over the past 24 hours, while 8 more people succumbed to the disease to up the country's death toll to 8,548. The North African nation's caseload has reached 480,948 since the contagion came to light, according to the Health Ministry's data. — Agencies


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