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Global Covid-19 Cases Surpass 63 Million Mark

Washington: The overall number of global coronavirus cases has surpassed the 63 million mark, while the deaths have surged to more than 1.46 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

In its latest update on Tuesday, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood at 63,189,103 and 1,466,762, respectively.

The US is the worst-hit country with the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 13,536,216 and 267,987, respectively, according to the CSSE.

India comes in second place in terms of cases at 9,431,691, while the country’s death toll soared to 137,139.

The other countries with more than a million confirmed cases are Brazil (6,335,878), Russia (2,275,936), France (2,275,016), Spain (2,275,016), the UK (1,633,733), Italy (1,601,554), Argentina (1,424,533), Colombia (1,316,806), Mexico (1,107,071) and Germany (1,069,763), the CSSE figures showed.

Brazil currently accounts for the second highest number of fatalities at 173,120.

The countries with a death toll above 20,000 are Mexico (105,655), the UK (58,545), Italy (55,576), France (52,819), Iran (48,246), Spain (45,069), Russia (39,491), Argentina (38,730), Colombia (36,766), Peru (35,923) and South Africa (21,535).

Covid-19 hospitalisations hit all-time high in US

Hospitalisation of coronavirus infected patients in the US have reached an all-time high as the country is witnessing an ongoing resurgence of new confirmed cases, according to the the Covid Tracking Project.

In its latest update on Monday, the project said that the all time high hospitalisation figure of 93,238 was reached on Sunday, surpassing the previous day’s record of 91,635, reports Xinhua news agency.

In recent months, Covid-19 hospitalizations have gone up on a daily basis across the country, currently the worst-hit in the world.

Hospitals and healthcare workers are overwhelmed by the unabated resurgence.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 152,608 new cases nationwide on Sunday, the 22nd consecutive day that the daily case count had surpassed 100,000.

The CDC predicted that the number of newly reported Covid-19 deaths will likely increase over the next four weeks, with 10,600 to 21,400 new deaths likely to be reported in the week ending December 19.

The CDC’s national ensemble predicted that a total of 294,000 to 321,000 Covid-19 deaths will be reported by December 19.

Canada sees Covid surge, with nearly 6,000 daily cases

As November nears its end, Canada reported a total of 374,051 Covid-19 cases and 12,076 deaths as of Monday afternoon, according to CTV.

Canada has been well into the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic and new case numbers grow by thousands each day.

The number of new cases reported daily across the country has increased by more than 2,000 since the beginning of November and is closing in on 6,000 daily, Xinhua reported.

The country is on track to have 4,000 coronavirus patients in hospital by Christmas, a figure that would eclipse the peak of the first wave and put tremendous pressure on a health-care system already pushed to the brink by nine months of battling the pandemic.

(With IANS Inputs)

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