Global coronavirus caseload reaches 108.8m

As many as 108.8 million (108,808,348) people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 2,395,915 have died, according to a worldodometer tally. It reported that there have been 80,837,108 cases of global recoveries.

Coronavirus is continuing its spread across the world with over 100 million confirmed cases in 218 countries and more than 2.39 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 490,000 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 Friday 100,288 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours as the confirmed cases nation-wide crossed 28 million. It also recorded 2,908 virus-related deaths according to Johns Hopkins University.

The tally showed that the confirmed cases nationwide reached 28,106,704 and at least 492,521 deaths across US, with the country remaining the world’s worst hit by the pandemic.

The US ranks first globally in the number of coronavirus cases and deaths. This comes as January was the “deadliest month of the pandemic in the US, with more than 95,000 COVID-19 fatalities reported,” CNN reported.

India and Brazil have the second and third highest case tallies, recording some 10.8 and 10 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 14,861 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, bringing the total number of confirmed infections to 4,057,698 after it crossed the 4 million mark. Russia's coronavirus crisis center said 502 coronavirus patients had died in the last 24 hours and the overall national coronavirus death toll was at 79,696.

They added 18,765 people recovered from the virus, raising the total number of recoveries to 3,577,907. 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 551 deaths and 8,354 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases said the country’s death toll increased to 64,742 cases and the total confirmed cases those to 2,328,447.

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 735,220 with 2,120 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 21,599.

In Vienna, Austrian authorities announced Saturday that they recorded 1,433 new coronavirus cases raising the total number of confirmed infections to 432,294. More than 409,000 cases have recovered since the start of the pandemic, deaths have reached 8,195, 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 89,756 and fatalities remained at 4,636. It added 65 people have recovered from the virus and left hospitals in the past 24 hours to reach a total of 84,357. There are still 763 patients receiving treatment.

In New Delhi, India said on Saturday that 103 people died due to COVID-19 while 12,143 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 155,550 as the total number of positive cases mounted to 10,892,746.

According to the ministry, 10,600,625 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, there has been particular concern about a variant of the virus which has spread rapidly in Brazil. The country has almost 10 million confirmed cases and the world's second highest death toll. It is currently in the middle of a second surge in infections.

Argentina, Colombia, Mexico and Peru have all recorded more than one million cases. 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 3.7 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 609 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 172,602 infections and 9,899 deaths the ministry said. Another 508 patients have been discharged from the hospitals, bringing the overall recoveries to 134,215.

In Tunis, Tunisia’s Ministry of Health on Friday announced 32 deaths from the novel coronavirus and 977 more infections in 24 hours. The tally of confirmed deaths and infections rose to 7,461 and 221,455 respectively since the outbreak of the virus. Meanwhile, overall recoveries went up to 181,198. (Agencies/SG).

Medics transport a patient into an ambulance at the Life Care Center of Kirkland, the long-term care facility linked to several confirmed coronavirus cases in the state, in Kirkland, Washington, U.S. on March 6, 2020. (REUTERS - DAVID RYDER).

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