Coronavirus Pandemic: Global COVID-19 Cases Nearing 9 Million
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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 Monday.
Global COVID-19 cases nearing 9 mn: Johns Hopkins University
The total number of global COVID-19 cases was nearing 9 million, while the deaths have increased to over 467,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.
By Monday morning, the total number of cases stood at 8,927,195, while the fatalities increased to 467,636, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.
With 2,279,306 cases and 119,967 deaths, the US continues with the world’s highest number of COVID-19 infections and fatalities, according to the CSSE.
Brazil comes in the second place with 1,083,341 infections and 50,591 deaths.
In terms of cases, Russia ranks third (583,879), and was followed by India (410,461), the UK (305,803), Peru (251,338), Spain (246,272), Chile (242,355), Italy (238,499), Iran (204,952), France (197,008), Germany (191,272), Turkey (187,685), Mexico (180,545), Pakistan (176,617), Saudi Arabia (157,612), Bangladesh (112,306) and Canada (103,078), the CSSE figures showed.
The other countries with over 10,000 deaths are the UK (42,717), Italy (34,634), France (29,643), Spain (28,323), Mexico (21,825) and India (13,254).
WHO reports largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases
The World Health Organization on Sunday reported the largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases by its count, at more than 183,000 new cases in the latest 24 hours.
The UN health agency said Brazil led the way with 54,771 cases tallied and the U.S. next at 36,617. Over 15,400 came in in India.
Experts said rising case counts can reflect multiple factors including more widespread testing as well as broader infection.
Overall in the pandemic, WHO reported 8,708,008 cases 183,020 in the last 24 hours with 461,715 deaths worldwide, with a daily increase of 4,743.
More than two-thirds of those new deaths were reported in America.
UK COVID-19 deaths rise to 42,632 as 43 more die
Another 43 COVID-19 patients have died in Britain as of Saturday afternoon, bringing the total coronavirus-related death toll in the country to 42,632, the British Department of Health and Social Care said.
The figures include deaths in all settings, including hospitals, care homes and the wider community, Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday.
As of Sunday morning, 304,331 people have tested positive for the disease in Britain, a daily increase of 1,221, according to the department.
As of Sunday morning, there have been 7,890,145 tests of the novel coronavirus in the country, with 175,018 tests on Saturday, said the department.
Earlier Sunday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson insisted he is “sticking like glue” to his plans for easing the coronavirus lockdown for the hospitality industry from July 4.
“The disease is increasingly under control…so, of course, as we make that progress it will be possible to open up more and you will be hearing more about what we want to do with not just non-essential retail but with the hospitality sector from 4 July,” Johnson said in a Downing Street interview.
Germany’s meat processing company outbreak infects 1,331
The number of persons infected from a COVID-19 outbreak in the meat processing company Toennies in the district of Guetersloh in North-Rhine Westphalia (NRW) had risen to 1,331 as of Sunday afternoon, according to the press release of the district.
The district of Guetersloh said 6,139 tests had been carried out, and 5,899 results are now available, among which 1,331 are positive. Five employees of the company are now in intensive care. The tests showed that the number of positive results outside the decomposition unit is significantly lower than in the decomposition unit, Xinhua news agency reported.
Minister-President of the NRW, Armin Laschet, said on Sunday there is “an enormous pandemic risk,” however, the infection can be localized at the company and there is no chain of infection in the rest of the region’s population.
Due to several cluster infections in Germany, the daily number of new infections has been significantly higher than weeks ago. Statistics of the disease control agency, Robert Koch Institute (RKI), showed on Sunday that 189,822 people in Germany are proven to be infected with COVID-19, 687 more than the day before. And 8,882 people have died from COVID-19.
Iraq’s COVID-19 cases exceed 30,000
Iraqi Health Ministry reported 1,646 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of cases since the outbreak of the disease in the country to 30,868.
The statement also reported 87 deaths during the day, as the total number of deaths climbed to 1,100 in the country, while 13,935 patients have recovered, Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday.
The new cases were recorded after 10,027 testing kits were used across the country during the past 24 hours, and a total of 445,241 tests have been carried out, according to the statement.
In the morning, Iraqis, particularly the football fans, were shocked by the news of the Iraqi football legend Ahmed Radhi’s death as a result of complications after he was diagnosed with COVID-19.
China has been helping Iraq fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
From March 7 to April 26, a Chinese team of seven medical experts spent 50 days in Iraq to help contain the disease, during which they helped build a PCR lab and installed an advanced CT scanner in Baghdad.
Turkey’s COVID-19 total cases climb to 187,685
Turkey’s confirmed COVID-19 cases Sunday increased by 1,192, and 23 more people died, taking the death toll to 4,950, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said.
The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases stood at 187,685 in the country, the minister tweeted on Sunday, Xinhua news agency reported.
Meanwhile, 1,412 patients recovered in the last 24 hours, making the total number of recovered cases 160,240, he stated.
Koca said 40,496 tests were conducted over the past day, and the overall number of tests reached 2,945,240.
Turkey is currently treating 803 patients in intensive care units, with 327 people intubated, Koca noted.
Turkey reported the first COVID-19 case in the country on March 11 and has stepped up the normalization process since June 1.
Bangladesh reports 3,531 new COVID-19 cases, 39 deaths
Bangladesh recorded over 3,500 more COVID-19 cases, bringing the total in the country to 112,306.
Senior health ministry official Nasima Sultana said in a briefing on Sunday afternoon that “3,531 new COVID-19 positive cases and 39 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours across Bangladesh”, Xinhua news agency reported.
“The total number of positive cases is now 112,306 and the death toll stands currently at 1,464,” she added.
According to the official, 15,585 samples were tested in the last 24 hours across Bangladesh.
She said 1,084 more COVID-19 patients were announced as recovered during the last 24 hours, bringing the total recoveries so far to 45,077.
(With Agency Inputs)