Odishatv Bureau

Washington: The overall number of global COVID-19 cases has surpassed the 14 million mark, while the deaths have topped to more than 601,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

As of Saturday morning, the total number of cases stood at 14,049,207, while the fatalities rose to 601,494, 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 at 3,641,417 and 139,175, respectively, according to the CSSE.

Brazil came in the second place with 2,046,328 infections and 77,851 deaths.

In terms of cases, India ranks third (1,003,832), and is followed by Russia (758,001), Peru (345,537), South Africa (337,594), Mexico (331,298), Chile (326,439), the UK (294,803), Iran (269,440), Spain (260,255), Pakistan (259,999), Saudi Arabia (245,851), Italy (243,967), Turkey (217,799), France (211,943), Germany (202,045), Bangladesh (199,357), Colombia (173,206), Argentina (119,301), Canada (111,559), Qatar (105,898) and the Netherlands (103,134), the CSSE figures showed.

The other countries with over 10,000 deaths are the UK (45,318), Mexico (38,310), Italy (35,028), France (30,155), Spain (28,420), India (25,602), Iran (13,791), Peru (12,799), the Netherlands (12,295) and Russia (11,920).

US Covid-19 Cases Surpass 3.6 Million

New York: The number of Covid-19 cases in the USA surpassed 3.6 million on Friday, reaching 3,604,408, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

Meanwhile, the national death toll from the disease rose to 138,649, according to the CSSE, Xinhua reported.

New York state remains the hardest-hit with 405,551 cases. Other national Covid-19 hotspots include California, Florida and Texas, reporting 364,835, 327,234 and 308,611 cases, respectively, the tally showed.

States with over 100,000 cases also include New Jersey, Illinois, Arizona, Georgia, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania, the CSSE data showed.

UK Covid-19 Cases Rise To 293,239

London: A total of 293,239 people have so far tested positive for Covid-19 in Britain, with a daily increase of 687, the British Department of Health and Social Care said on Friday.

The figures for coronavirus-related deaths are unavailable on Friday on the official website as Health Secretary Matt Hancock has ordered a review into the Public Health England's (PHE) data, Xinhua reported.

It was claimed that the current method does not take into account the fact that some people may have recovered from Covid-19 and died of a different cause.

The previous data by the department showed that the total coronavirus-related death toll in the country stood at 45,119. The figures include deaths in all settings, including hospitals, care homes and the wider community.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Friday that city and town halls across England are to be empowered to introduce local lockdown measures to contain the spread of Covid-19.

Currently the city of Leicester is in the first lockdown, under orders from the national government.

But under the plan unveiled by Johnson, city and town leaders are to be given decision-making powers to force people to stay at home and not leave their communities.


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