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Poonam Singh

Washington: In yet another grim milestone, the total number of global coronavirus cases has topped the 99 million mark, while the deaths have surged to more than 2.12 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

In its latest update on Monday morning, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood at 99,152,014 and 2,128,721, respectively.

The US is the worst-hit country with the world's highest number of cases and deaths at 25,123,857 and 419,204, respectively, according to the CSSE.

India comes in second place in terms of cases at 10,654,533, while the country's death toll soared to 153,339.

The other countries with more than a million confirmed cases are Brazil (8,844,577), Russia (3,679,247), the UK (3,657,857), France (3,112,055), Spain (2,499,560), Italy (2,466,813), Turkey (2,429,605), Germany (2,147,814), Colombia (2,015,485), Argentina (1,867,223), Mexico (1,752,347), Poland (1,475,445), South Africa (1,412,986), Iran (1,372,977), Ukraine (1,231,965) and Peru (1,082,907), the CSSE figures showed.

Brazil currently accounts for the second highest number of fatalities at 217,037.

The countries with a death toll above 20,000 are Mexico (149,614), the UK (98,129), Italy (85,461), France (73,190), Russia (68,397), Iran (57,383), Spain (55,441), Germany (52,168), Colombia (51,374), Argentina (46,827), South Africa (40,874), Peru (39,274), Poland (35,363), Indonesia (27,835), Turkey (25,073), Ukraine (22,926) and Belgium (20,726).

UK records another 30,004 coronavirus cases, 610 deaths

Another 30,004 people in Britain have tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 36,47,463, according to official figures released on Sunday.

Another 610 people have died within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test. The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain now stands at 97,939, the data showed.

Earlier on Sunday, British Health Secretary Matt Hancock said "early evidence" shows the lockdown restrictions in Britain are starting to bring the number of new infections down, the Xinhua news agency reported.

US Covid-19 cases surpass 25mn

The total number of Covid-19 cases in the US topped 25 million on Sunday, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

US Covid-19 case count rose to 2,50,03,695, with a total of 4,17,538 deaths, as of 10:22 a.m. local time (1522 GMT), according to the CSSE tally.

California reported the largest number of cases among the states, standing at 31,47,735. Texas confirmed 22,43,009 cases, followed by Florida with 16,39,914 cases, New York with 13,23,312 cases, and Illinois with more than 1 million cases, the Xinhua news agency reported.

Other states with over 6,00,000 cases include Georgia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Arizona, North Carolina, Tennessee, New Jersey and Indiana, the CSSE data showed.

The US remains the nation worst hit by the pandemic, with the world's most cases and deaths, making up more than 25 per cent of the global caseload and nearly 20 per cent of the global deaths.

Africa's confirmed Covid-19 cases pass 3.41mn

The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases on the African continent reached 34,18,514 as of Sunday, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said.

According to the continental disease control and prevention agency's dashboard, the death toll related to the pandemic in Africa stood at 84,637 as of Sunday, the Xinhua news agency reported.

A total of 28,78,234 people infected with Covid-19 have recovered across the continent so far, the African Union (AU) Commission's healthcare agency disclosed.

The Southern Africa region is the most affected area in Africa in terms of the number of confirmed positive cases, followed by the Northern Africa region, according to the agency.

The most affected African countries in terms of the number of positive cases include South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, and Ethiopia, said the African Union (AU) Commission's specialised healthcare agency.

South Africa has reported the highest Covid-19-inflicted deaths in Africa, at 40,574 as of Sunday, according to the Africa CDC.

Meanwhile, John Nkengasong, Director of Africa CDC, on Friday stressed that the African continent is "in a critical phase of the pandemic."

(With IANS Inputs)

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