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Global coronavirus caseload crosses 112 million
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 23 - 02 - 2021

As many as 112.4 million (112,413,664) people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 2,489,153 have died, according to a worldodometer tally. It reported that there have been 87,972,893 cases of global recoveries.
Coronavirus is continuing its spread across the world with over 100 million confirmed cases in 218 countries and more than 2.48 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 (28,833,424) and more than 513,055 deaths, the highest figures in the world. Furthermore 19,124,216 people recovered Daily cases were at record levels in early January but they are now falling.
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 11 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 11,823 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, bringing the total number of confirmed infections to 4,189,153 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 84,047.
They added 12,943 people recovered from the virus, raising the total number of recoveries to 3,739,344. 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 415 deaths and 3,883 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases said the country's death toll increased to 68,318 cases and the total confirmed cases those to 2,394,811.
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 Tuesday increased to 755,594 with 1,121 new infections reported by Belgian health authorities. They reported 20 more deaths from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours raising the total death toll to 21,923.
In Amsterdam, The Netherlands has reported 29,977 new coronavirus cases in a week (Feb. 17-23), raising the total infections to 1,064.598. The Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, in its weekly reports on Tuesdays, reported 418 more deaths from COVID-19 raising the total death toll to 15,343.
In Vienna, Austrian authorities announced Tuesday that they recorded 1,727 new coronavirus cases raising the total number of confirmed infections to 448,371. More than 423,000 cases have recovered Since the start of the pandemic, deaths have reached 8,434, said the country's Health Ministry.
In Beijing, China Tuesday reported 10 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 37 people have recovered from the virus and left hospitals in the past 24 hours to reach a total of 84,842. There are still 374 patients receiving treatment.
In New Delhi, India said on Tuesday that 78 people died due to COVID-19 while 10,584 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 156,463 as the total number of positive cases mounted to 11,061,434.
According to the ministry, 10,712,665 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 886 daily cases of novel coronavirus, raising the nation's total number 426,731, the Health Ministry and local authorities said. The country's cumulative death toll stood at 5,978.
rose by 55 and stood at 7,554.
Tokyo added 275 new infections, staying below 300 for the third straight day, which brought the total cases in the Japanese capital to 110,187. 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 357 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, Yonhap reported in the past 24 hours, bringing the total caseload to 87,681, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA).
Eleven people died in the past 24 hours raising the death toll to 1,573. Of the newly identified local infections, 118 cases were reported in Seoul and 122 cases in Gyeonggi Province that surrounds the capital.
Authorities recently 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.
Mexico on Monday registered 429 additional fatalities due to the coronavirus, bringing the total in the country to 180,536 deaths. According to Health Ministry data, Mexico also registered 2,252 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infection, for a total of 2,043,632 cases, Reuters reported.
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 Rabat, Morocco on Monday said confirmed coronavirus cases had risen by 108 over the past 24 hours, while 5 more people succumbed to the disease to up the country's death toll to 8,559. The North African nation's caseload has reached 481,263 since the contagion came to light, according to the Health Ministry's data, 633 infected people have recovered which showed the tally of people who have recovered from the virus till date as 465,297.
In Tunis, Tunisia's Ministry of Health on Monday announced 18 deaths from the novel coronavirus and 575 more infections in 24 hours. The tally of confirmed deaths and infections rose to 7,811 and 228,937 respectively since the outbreak of the virus. Meanwhile, overall recoveries went up to 189,358.
In Khartoum, Sudan registered on Monday 37 new positive cases of coronavirus and five new death cases in the past 24 hours. According to the Sudanese Health Ministry, the total number of positive cases increased to 28,137, fatalities to 1,871 deaths, while the total number of recoveries reached 22,797.
Meanwhile, Mauritania's Ministry of Health said Monday that 15 persons tested positive for the novel coronavirus, bringing the country's caseload to 17,110. One more fatality in the last 24 hours pushed the death toll from the viral illness to 435. The report said, 42 patients have been discharged from hospitals, raising the overall recoveries to 16,435 cases. — Agencies

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