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Global Coronavirus Cases Cross 11.5 Million: Johns Hopkins University

Washington: The overall number of global COVID-19 cases has increased to more than 11.5 million, while the deaths have soared to over 537,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

On Tuesday morning, the total number of cases stood at 11,590,195, while the fatalities rose to 537,429, 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 with 2,935,008 and 130,277, respectively, according to the CSSE.

On Monday, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health also reported 1,584 new cases of novel coronavirus infections, bringing the caseload to 116,570 in the metropolitan area, reports Xinhua news agency.

Los Angeles County public health officials noted that almost 50 per cent of new cases were among residents aged 18-40. There are 1,921 people currently hospitalized, 28 per cent of whom are in the intensive care units and 18 per cent on ventilators.

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Brazil came in second place with 1,623,284 infections and 65,487 deaths.

Meanwhile in the UK, as of Monday morning, 285,768 people have tested positive for the disease in Britain, a daily increase of 352, according to the department, Xinhua reported.

Britain’s arts, culture and heritage industries will receive a 1.57-billion-pound ($1.96-billion) rescue package to help weather the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the government has announced.

Thousands of organisations across a range of sectors including the performing arts and theatres, heritage, historic palaces, museums, galleries, live music and independent cinema will be able to access the emergency grants and loans, said the government in a statement published Sunday.

In terms of cases, India ranks third (697,413), and is followed by Russia (686,777), Peru (305,703), Chile (298,557), the UK (287,290), Mexico (261,750), Spain (251,789), Iran (243,051), Italy (241,819), Pakistan (231,818), Saudi Arabia (213,716), Turkey (206,844), South Africa (205,721), France (205,597), Germany (198,064), Bangladesh (165,618), Colombia (117,412), Canada (107,748) and Qatar (100,345), the CSSE figures showed.

The other countries with over 10,000 deaths are the UK (44,321), Italy (34,869), Mexico (31,119), France (29,923), Spain (28,388), India (19,693), Iran (11,731), Peru (10,772) and Russia (10,271).

(IANS)

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