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Global Covid-19 Cases Surpass 100 Million-Mark

New York: In yet another grim milestone, the total number of global coronavirus cases has topped the 100 million mark on Tuesday, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

The global case count reached 10,00,32,461, with a total of 21,49,818 deaths worldwide, as of 2:22 p.m. local time (1922 GMT), the CSSE data showed.

The US reported the most cases and deaths around the world, which stood at 2,53,62,794 and 4,23,010, respectively. India recorded 1,06,76,838 cases, ranking second in the world. Brazil followed with 88,71,393 cases and the world’s second largest death toll of 217,664, the Xinhua news agency reported.

Countries with more than 2 million cases also include Russia, Britain, France, Spain, Italy, Turkey, Germany and Colombia, while other countries with over 50,000 deaths include India, Mexico, Britain, Italy, France, Russia, Iran, Spain, Germany and Colombia, according to the CSSE tally.

The global caseload hit 50 million on November 8, 2020, and the number of cases doubled in just about two and a half months.

The US remains the worst-hit nation, making up more than a quarter of the global cases and nearly 20 per cent of the global deaths.

UK coronavirus-related death toll tops 1,00,000

The number of people who died within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test in Britain has surpassed 1,00,000 after another 1,631 have been confirmed, according to official figures released on Tuesday.

The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain now stands at 1,00,162, the data showed.

Britain is the first European nation and the fifth country in the world to pass the grim landmark of 1,00,000 deaths, following the US, Brazil, India and Mexico, the Xinhua news agency reported.

Another 20,089 people in Britain have tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 36,89,746, according to official figures.

France tallies 22,086 Covid-19 infections, 612 deaths in one day

The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in France spiked by 22,086 over the past 24 hours and a further 612 patients succumbed to the disease, according to official data released on Tuesday.

The cumulative total of infection cases rose to 30,79,943, and fatalities stood at 74,106, the seventh-highest in the world, the data showed.

A total of 27,041 Covid-19 patients remained hospitalized, including 3,081 serious cases, up by 117 and 40 respectively. The two figures, key gauges to evaluate hospitals’ ability to deal with the outbreak, increased for the third day in a row, the Xinhua news agency reported.

As of Tuesday, 11,84,510 people have received the first dose of vaccine against the coronavirus, according to the Health Ministry.

Unlike several countries which allow extending to six weeks the time between the first and second injection to address dose shortage and delivery delay, France maintained the gap at between three and four weeks, said Health Minister Olivier Veran.

He told a press conference on Tuesday that spacing out the two injections would have a “minor impact on the pace of rollout.”

So far, France has received 20,35,000 doses. It has ordered some 200 million doses from different pharmaceutical companies.

(With IANS Inputs)

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