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Washington: The coronavirus pandemic has hit the world like never before. Here are some updates on the COVID-19 cases and death toll from around the world on Sunday. The overall global coronavirus caseload has topped 89.5 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 1.92 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

In its latest update on Sunday morning, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood at 89,571,229 and 1,924,331, respectively.

The US is the worst-hit country with the world's highest number of cases and deaths at 22,110,203 and 372,152, respectively, according to the CSSE.

India comes in second place in terms of cases at 10,431,639, while the country's death toll soared to 150,798.

The other countries with more than a million confirmed cases are Brazil (8,075,998), Russia (3,344,175), the UK (3,026,313), France (2,824,920), Turkey (2,317,118), Italy (2,257,866), Spain (2,050,360), Germany (1,914,335), Colombia (1,771,363), Argentina (1,714,409), Mexico (1,507,931), Poland (1,376,389), Iran (1,280,438), South Africa (1,214,176), Ukraine (1,144,943) and Peru (1,026,180), the CSSE figures showed.

Brazil currently accounts for the second highest number of fatalities at 202,631.

The countries with a death toll above 20,000 are Mexico (132,069), the UK (81,000), Italy (78,394), France (67,734), Russia (60,523), Iran (56,100), Spain (51,874), Colombia (45,784), Argentina (44,417), Germany (40,221), Peru (38,049), South Africa (32,824), Poland (31,011), Indonesia (23,947), Turkey (22,631), and Ukraine (20,526).

UK public urged to 'stay at home' to fight coronavirus

The British government urged Britons to "stay at home" in a major advertising campaign to help protect Britain's national health system and save lives as surging coronavirus cases are threatening to overwhelm hospitals in the country.

Chris Whitty, England's chief medical officer, said in an advert rolled out on radio, TV and social media on Saturday: "COVID-19, especially the new variant, is spreading quickly across the country. This puts many people at risk of serious disease and is placing a lot of pressure on our NHS (National Health Service)."

"Vaccines give clear hope for the future, but for now we must all stay home, protect the NHS and save lives," he added, Xinhua news agency reported.

Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is also urging compliance of the public to tackle the crisis.

"Our hospitals are under more pressure than at any other time since the start of the pandemic, and infection rates across the entire country continue to soar at an alarming rate. The vaccine rollout has given us renewed hope, but it's critical for now we stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives." he said on Twitter Saturday.

The latest development came as Britain recorded another 68,053 coronavirus cases, the highest ever daily increase since the pandemic began in the country, official figures showed Friday.

This brought the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 2,957,472.

Another 1,325 people have died within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test, the highest daily death toll, bringing the total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain to 79,833, the data showed

Israel reports record high of Covid-19 patients in serious condition

The number of Covid-19 patients in serious condition in Israel increased from 920 to 964, out of 1,646 hospitalised patients, the state's ministry of Health said.

The latest figure released on Saturday marked a new record of patients in serious condition since the pandemic outbreak in the country in late February, Xinhua news agency reported.

The number of ventilated patients reached a peak of 236, compared to the previous record of 226 reported in Israel on October 19.

The ministry also reported 6,726 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the total to 484,083.

The death cases from Covid-19 in Israel reached 3,633 with 37 new fatalities.

The total recoveries rose to 411,684, after 2,931 new recovered cases were added, while active cases rose to 68,766.

Russia logs 23,309 new Covid-19 cases

Russia recorded 23,309 more Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours, slightly down from 23,652 a day earlier, the country's Covid-19 response center said.

The national tally of Covid-19 cases has increased to 3,379,103, including 61,381 deaths and 2,754,809 recoveries, the center said on Saturday, Xinhua news agency reported.

Moscow, Russia's worst-hit region, reported 4,900 new cases over the past day, taking the city's total caseload to 853,352.

Over 93.2 million Covid-19 tests have been conducted across the country.

(With IANS Inputs)

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