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Coronavirus Pandemic: Global Cases Top 18.1 Million Mark, Death Toll Over 691K

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Washington: The overall number of global coronavirus cases has topped 18.1 million mark, while the deaths have increased to over 691,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

As of Tuesday morning, the total number of cases stood at 18,193,291 and the fatalities rose to 691,642, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

The US accounted for the world’s highest number of infections and fatalities at 4,712,724 and 155,388, respectively, according to the CSSE.

Brazil came in second place with 2,733,677 infections and 94,104 deaths.

In terms of cases, India ranks third (1,803,695), and is followed by Russia (854,641), South Africa (516,862), Mexico (443,813), Peru (428,850), Chile (361,493), Colombia (317,651), Iran (312,035), the UK (307,251), Spain (297,054), Saudi Arabia (280,093), Pakistan (280,029), Italy (248,229), Bangladesh (242,102), Turkey (233,851), France (225,198), Germany (212,111), Argentina (206,743), Iraq (131,886), Canada (118,973), Indonesia (113,134), Qatar (111,322) and the Philippines (106,330), the CSSE figures showed.

The other countries with over 10,000 deaths are the Mexico (48,012), UK (46,295), India (38,135), Italy (35,166), France (30,268), Spain (28,472), Peru (19,614), Iran (17,405), Russia (14,183) and Colombia (10,650).

White House mandates random coronavirus tests for staffers

The White House is mandating random coronavirus testing for staffers after President Donald Trump’s national security adviser Robert O’Brien and several others working in the White House complex tested positive for the virus last month, local media reported.

The new policy is part of “ongoing efforts to protect the health and safety of the entire White House Complex,” said a White House official on Monday, Xinhua news agency reported.

The White House has already been testing Trump and Vice President Pence regularly for the coronavirus, in addition to testing individuals who come in close contact with them, according to a The Hill news report.

O’Brien, whose positive test was reported one week ago, is the highest-ranking White House official thus far to test positive for the virus.

Also in July, a cafeteria employee working at the White House and a Marine assigned to Trump’s helicopter squadron also tested positive for the virus, said the report.

The D.C. metro area has recently witnessed an increase in coronavirus infections, as other areas of the country have experienced more dramatic surges in cases, said the report.

(IANS)

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