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Poonam Singh

Washington: The coronavirus pandemic has hit the world like never before. Here are some updates on the COVID-19 cases and death toll from around the world on Tuesday.

The overall number of global coronavirus cases has topped 72.8 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 1.62 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 72,818,538 and 1,620,294, respectively.

The US is the worst-hit country with the world's highest number of cases and deaths at 16,515,717 and 300,474, respectively, according to the CSSE.

India comes in second place in terms of cases at 9,884,100, while the country's death toll soared to 181,835.

The other countries with more than a million confirmed cases are Brazil (6,927,145), Russia (2,656,601), France (2,433,859), the UK (1,874,867), Turkey (1,866,345), Italy (1,855,737), Spain (1,751,884), Argentina (1,503,222), Colombia (1,434,516), Germany (1,357,261), Mexico (1,255,974), Poland (1,140,572) and Iran (1,115,770), the CSSE figures showed.

Brazil currently accounts for the second highest number of fatalities at 181,835.

The countries with a death toll above 20,000 are Mexico (114,298), Italy (65,011), the UK (64,500), France (58,391), Iran (52,447), Spain (48,013), Russia (46,846), Argentina (41,041), Colombia (39,195), Peru (36,677), South Africa (23,451), Poland (22,960) and Germany (22,330).

US Covid-19 deaths top 300,000

The US has reached the grim milestone of 300,000 coronavirus deaths, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

With the national case count topping 16.3 million, the death toll across the US rose to 300,267 as of Monday afternoon, according to the CSSE data, Xinhua news agency reported.

New York state reported 35,643 fatalities, at the top of the US state-level death toll list. Texas recorded the second most deaths, standing at 24,414. The states of California, Florida and New Jersey all confirmed more than 17,000 deaths, the CSSE tally showed.

States with more than 10,000 fatalities also include Illinois, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Michigan and Georgia.

The US remains the nation hit the worst by the pandemic, with the world's highest caseload and death toll, accounting for more than 18 per cent of global deaths.

US Covid-19 deaths hit 100,000 on May 27, and topped 200,000 on September 22. It took nearly four months for the national death toll to climb from 100,000 to 200,000 and less than three months to jump from 200,000 to 300,000.

The US has seen daily cases, deaths, and hospitalizations soar to record highs after entering December.

On December 11, the country added 3,300 deaths, the highest single-day rise in death toll since the pandemic began, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Meanwhile, US daily cases surged to 231,775 on December 11, setting a new record, the CSSE chart showed.

In addition, current hospitalizations in the US hit an all-time high of 109,331 on Sunday, according to The Covid Tracking Project.

UK records another 20,263 coronavirus cases, 232 deaths

Another 20,263 people in Britain have tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 1,869,666, according to official figures released on Monday.

The coronavirus-related deaths in Britain rose by 232 to 64,402, the data showed, Xinhua news agency reported.

The figures were revealed as British Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced that London will move into Tier 3, the highest level in England's local coronavirus restriction tier system, from midnight on Wednesday, following a surge of Covid-19 cases in the British capital.

Parts of Essex and Hertfordshire will also be moved into Tier 3, Hancock told MPs in the House of Commons, the lower house of the British Parliament.

Meanwhile, Hancock said a new variant of coronavirus has been identified in Britain and initial analysis suggests that this variant is growing faster than the existing variants.

"We've currently identified over 1,000 cases with this variant predominantly in the South of England although cases have been identified in nearly 60 different local authority areas. And numbers are increasing rapidly," he said.

England is currently under a new three-tier system of coronavirus restrictions. The system, which put about 98 per cent of England into Tier 2 and 3, is due to be reviewed on Wednesday.

(With IANS Inputs)

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