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Global coronavirus caseload reaches 120.3 million
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 14 - 03 - 2021

As many as 120.3 million (120,327,924) people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 2,663,031 have died, according to a worldodometer tally. It reported that there have been 96,886,048 cases of global recoveries.
Coronavirus is continuing its spread across the world with over 100 million confirmed cases in 218 countries and more than 2.6 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 over 30 million cases and nearly 546,000 deaths, the highest figures in the world. Daily cases were at record levels in early January but they have fallen substantially in the last few weeks. Canada, which has a far lower death rate than the US, also experienced a winter surge but daily cases have also been falling recently.
The US recorded Saturday 30,073,162 total coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours as the confirmed cases nation-wide crossed 30 million. According to Johns Hopkins University. The tally showed at least 546,919 deaths across US, with the country remaining the world's worst hit by the pandemic. At least 22,153,659 people recovered.
Brazil and India have the second and third highest case tallies, recording some 11.4 and 11.3 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 52 to 125,516, the Department of Health and Social Care said on Sunday. As many as 4,618 more lab-confirmed cases raised the country's overall count to 4,258,438, according to the department's daily update.
In Moscow, Russia reported 10,083 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, bringing the total number of confirmed infections to 4,390,609 after it crossed the 4 million mark. Russia's coronavirus crisis center said 395 coronavirus patients had died in the last 24 hours and the overall national coronavirus death toll was at 92,090.
They added there were 3,995,309 recoveries. 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 70 deaths and 10,700 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases said the country's death toll increased to 73,371 cases and the total confirmed cases those to 2,568,155.
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 29,759 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours on Saturday. France's cumulative total of cases now stands at 4,000,000. The COVID-19 death toll was up by 169 to 90,315. France announced its approval of the use of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and to include it in its vaccine program.
In Rome, Italy's death toll from the coronavirus outbreak hit 102,145 on Wednesday after 264 more people succumbed to the disease over the past 24 hours, Health Ministry data showed.
Some 21,315 new cases were logged in the same period to raise the total in one of the world's worst-affected countries to over 3,223,142, according to government figures. The tally rose to more than 258,931 recoveries since the outbreak of the pandemic.
In Brussels, total infections of coronavirus cases in Belgium on Sunday increased to 805,321 with 3,598 new infections reported by Belgian health authorities. They reported 24 more deaths from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours raising the total death toll to 22,421.
In Amsterdam, the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment Sunday that 6,012 new coronavirus cases were reported in the Netherlands raising the total number of infections to 1,157,322. Also around 24 more deaths were reported in the last 24 hours raising the total deaths from COVID-19 to 16,069, said the institute.
In Vienna, Austrian authorities announced Sunday that they recorded 2,503 new coronavirus cases raising the total number of confirmed infections to 493,568. More than 457,000 cases have recovered Since the start of the pandemic, deaths have reached 8,873, said the country's Health Ministry.
In Beijing, China Sunday 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 90,044 and fatalities remained at 4,636.
It added 11 people have recovered from the virus and left hospitals in the past 24 hours to reach a total of 85,225. There are still 181 patients receiving treatment.
In New Delhi, India said on Sunday that 161 people died due to COVID-19 while 25,320 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 158,607 as the total number of positive cases mounted to 11,359,048.
According to the ministry, 10,989,897 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 459 new coronavirus cases Sunday, Yonhap reported in the past 24 hours, bringing the total caseload to 95,635, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA).
Two people died in the past 24 hours raising the death toll to 1,669. 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 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil registered 76,178 new cases of coronavirus and 1,997 new COVID-19 deaths, according to the country's Health Ministry. Brazil has recorded a total of 277,102 deaths and 11,439,558 cases.
In Latin America, Brazil has more than nine million confirmed cases (11,439,558) and the world's second highest death toll (277,102). The country is currently seeing a second surge in infections. Brazil ranks second in terms of infection numbers globally, behind the United States. 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 641 more people tested positive for the novel coronavirus and 42 patients died over the past 24 hours. The figures took the country's tally to 190,280 infections and 11,256 deaths the ministry said. Another 369 patients have been discharged from the hospitals, bringing the overall recoveries to 146,803.
In Tunis, Tunisia's Ministry of Health on Saturday announced 30 deaths from the novel coronavirus and 640 more infections in 24 hours. The tally of confirmed deaths and infections rose to 8,359 and 241,257 respectively since the outbreak of the virus. Meanwhile, overall recoveries went up to 207,364.
•Meanwhile, Mauritania's Ministry of Health said Saturday that 14 persons tested positive for the novel coronavirus, bringing the country's caseload to 17,424
One more death fatalities in the last 24 hours pushed the death toll from the viral illness to 443. The report said, 10 patients have been discharged from hospitals, raising the overall recoveries to 16,762 cases. — Agencies

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