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Global COVID-19 Cases Exceed 53.8 Million, Death Tally Crosses 1309780

Washington: The total number of Covid-19 cases across the globe has topped 53.8 million, while the deaths have surged to 1,309,780 according to the Johns Hopkins University.

As of Sunday morning, the total caseload and death toll stood at 53,843,270 and 1,309,784, respectively, revealed the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) in its latest update.

According to the CSSE, US is the worst-hit country with the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 10,888,372 and 245,574, respectively.

India comes in second place in terms of cases at 8,773,479, while the country’s death toll soared to 129,188.

The other countries with more than a million confirmed cases are Brazil (5,848,959), France (1,915,713), Russia (1,887,836), Spain (1,458,591), the UK (1,347,907), Argentina (1,304,846), Colombia (1,191,634) and Italy (1,144,552), the CSSE figures showed. Brazil currently accounts for the second highest number of fatalities at 165,658.

The countries with a death toll above 20,000 are Mexico (97,624), the UK (51,858), Italy (44,683), France (42,600), Iran (41,034), Spain (40,769), Peru (35,307), Argentina (35,106), Colombia (33,829), Russia (32,536) and South Africa (20,206).

Canada’s Covid-19 cases surpass 2.90 lakh

Canada reported 3,041 new cases of Covid-19 Saturday noon, bringing the total up to 2,90,596 cases, including 10,888 deaths, according to media reports.

Ontario reported 1,581 new cases on Saturday, marking another new record in daily-reported infections in the province. It is also the ninth day in a row that Ontario has seen case counts over 1,000, the Xinhua news agency reported.

Ontario also added 20 deaths, which is the highest single-day death toll reported since the start of the pandemic’s second wave in late September.

Ontario’s seven-day average for the number of cases has continued to climb and is now 1,419.

The total number of lab-confirmed Covid-19 cases in Ontario stands at 92,761, including 3,332 deaths and 77,241 recoveries.

Quebec announced 1,448 new cases of Covid-19 on Saturday, a record-breaking single-day increase. The total number of cases in the province since the start of the pandemic rose to 1,22,643.

Quebec maintains the highest number of cases per capita out of all provinces in Canada, with 1,436 positive cases for every 1,00,000 people.

In Canada overall, there are 854 confirmed cases per 1,00,000.

France reports over 30K Covid-19 cases in a day

France confirmed 32,095 Covid-19 infections in the past 24 hours, pushing the total count to nearly two million, while hospitalisation-related figures improved, figures released by health authorities showed on Saturday.

Since the country reported its first Covid-19 case in mid-February, a total of 19,54,599 people have been infected, of whom 44,246 have died, up by 354 in one day, the Xinhua news agency reported.

Hospital admissions fell by 208 to 32,499, while the number of patients in intensive care units (ICUs) dropped by 32 to 4,872, reflecting an improvement in the coronavirus situation in France.

Despite some gains in the epidemic situation as a result of a night-time curfew and nationwide lockdown introduced last month, President Emmanuel Macron warned that “the coming days will be decisive.”

“Our fight against the epidemic is collective… In class, office, at home, five life-saving gestures: wear a mask, wash your hands regularly, keep a distance of at least one meter apart, regularly ventilate closed spaces and download the TousAntiCovid app,” he tweeted early Saturday.

(With IANS Inputs)

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