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Poonam Singh

Washington: The total number of global coronavirus cases has topped 100.7 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 2.17 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

In its latest update on Thursday morning, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood at 100,755,075 and 2,170,608, respectively.

The US is the worst-hit country with the world's highest number of cases and deaths at 25,588,419 and 428,862, respectively, according to the CSSE.

India comes in second place in terms of cases at 10,689,527, while the country's death toll soared to 153,724.

The other countries with more than a million confirmed cases are Brazil (8,933,356), Russia (3,733,692), the UK (3,725,637), France (3,165,449), Spain (2,670,102), Italy (2,501,147), Turkey (2,449,839), Germany (2,179,679), Colombia (2,055,305), Argentina (1,896,053), Mexico (1,788,905), Poland (1,489,512), South Africa (1,430,648), Iran (1,392,314), Ukraine (1,241,863), Peru (1,107,239) and Indonesia (1,024,298), the CSSE figures showed.

Brazil currently accounts for the second highest number of fatalities at 218,878.

The countries with a death toll above 20,000 are Mexico (152,016), the UK (102,085), Italy (86,889), France (74,600), Russia (69,971), Iran (57,651), Spain (57,291), Germany (54,498), Colombia (52,523), Argentina (47,435), South Africa (42,550), Peru (40,107), Poland (36,054), Indonesia (28,855), Turkey (25,476), Ukraine (23,307) and Belgium (20,879).

UK records another 25,308 coronavirus cases, 1,725 deaths

Another 25,308 people in Britain have tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 37,15,054, according to official figures released on Wednesday.

The country also reported another 1,725 coronavirus-related deaths. The total number of coronavirus deaths in Britain now stands at 101,887, the data showed.

The latest data were revealed one day after Britain passed the grim landmark of 1,00,000 coronavirus deaths. These figures only include the number of deaths of people who had had a positive test result for Covid-19 and died within 28 days of the first positive test, the Xinhua news agency reported.

Earlier on Wednesday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he and the government take "full responsibility" for the tragic numbers.

Johnson told lawmakers in the British Parliament that the government will reflect on the decisions taken, but he did not think it is the right time now as Britain remains in the middle of the pandemic.

The government needs to focus on keeping the virus under control and continuing the fastest vaccine rollout in Europe, he said.

More than 7.1 million people in Britain have received their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, according to latest official figures.

(With IANS Inputs)

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