Odishatv Bureau

Washington: The overall number of global COVID-19 cases has topped 13.5 million mark, while the deaths have increased to more than 583,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

As of Thursday morning, the total number of cases stood at 13,070,097, while the fatalities rose to 583,359, 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 3,495,536 and 137,358, respectively, according to the CSSE.

Brazil came in second place with 1,966,748 infections and 75,366 deaths. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro confirmed that he has once again tested positive for the novel coronavirus, roughly a week after he contracted the virus

Meanwhile, Australia's Victoria state on Thursday recorded its biggest daily increase of COVID-19 infections since the pandemic began, with 317 confirmed cases.

Victoria is the centre of a renewed COVID-19 outbreak in Australia, with close to 2,800 new infections in July alone, reports Xinhua news agency.

In terms of cases, India ranks third (936,181), and is followed by Russia (745,197), Peru (337,751), Chile (317,657), Mexico (317,635), South Africa (311,049), the UK (293,469), Iran (264,561), Spain (257,494), Pakistan (255,769), Italy (243,506), Saudi Arabia (240,474), Turkey (215,940), France (210,568), Germany (200,890), Bangladesh (193,590), Colombia (159,898), Argentina (111,146), Canada (110,693) and Qatar (104,983), the CSSE figures showed.

The other countries with over 10,000 deaths are the UK (45,138), Mexico (36,906), Italy (34,997), France (30,123), Spain (28,413), India (24,309), Iran (13,410), Peru (12,417) and Russia (11,753).


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