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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 Friday.

The overall global coronavirus caseload has topped 93 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 1.99 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

In its latest update on Friday morning, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood at 93,051,654 and 1,991,997, respectively.

The US is the worst-hit country with the world's highest number of cases and deaths at 23,308,712 and 388,529, respectively, according to the CSSE.

India comes in second place in terms of cases at 10,512,093, while the country's death toll soared to 151,727.

The other countries with more than a million confirmed cases are Brazil (8,324,294), Russia (3,459,237), the UK (3,269,757), France (2,909,879), Turkey (2,364,801), Italy (2,336,279), Spain (2,211,967), Germany (2,004,011), Colombia (1,849,101), Argentina (1,770,715), Mexico (1,571,901), Poland (1,414,362), Iran (1,311,810), South Africa (1,296,806), Ukraine (1,175,343) and Peru (1,040,231), the CSSE figures showed.

Brazil currently accounts for the second highest number of fatalities at 207,095.

The countries with a death toll above 20,000 are Mexico (136,917), the UK (86,163), Italy (80,848), France (69,452), Russia (63,016), Iran (56,538), Spain (53,079), Colombia (47,491), Argentina (45,125), Germany (44,672), Peru (38,399), South Africa (35,852), Poland (32,456), Indonesia (25,246), Turkey (23,495), Ukraine (21,300) and Belgium (20,250).

Turkey begins mass Covid-19 vaccination with Sinovac's jabs

Turkey launched the mass vaccination program against Covid-19 with the vaccines developed by China's Sinovac company.

According to the Turkish Health Ministry, the first doses will be given to over 1 million health workers across the country, followed by adults living in nursing homes, Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday.

The vaccination of healthcare workers in the country's biggest city Istanbul with a population of 16.5 million is expected to be completed within two days, according to Nurettin Yiyit, the chief doctor of the Feriha Oz Emergency Hospital.

Brazil exceeds 1,000 Covid-19 deaths, 60k cases for 3rd da

Brazil has registered more than 1,000 single-day coronavirus deaths and over 60,000 confirmed cases for a third consecutive day amidst a second wave of the pandemic in one of the worst-hit countries of the world, according to the government.

On Thursday, the country reported 1,131 fatalities and 67,758 cases, Xinhua news agency reported.

The new figures have increased the overall death toll and the caseload to 8,324,294 and 207,095, respectively.

Brazil currently ranks second in the global number of deaths, surpassed only by the US, and third in the number of total cases, behind the US and India.

The state of Sao Paulo, the most populated in the country, has been hardest hit by the virus, with 1,590,829 cases and 49,289 deaths.

The country is currently under a second wave of the raging Covid-19 pandemoc, with a significant increase in cases since December 2020 that has pushed the public healthcare system to the brink of collapse in several regions.

Germany records highest daily death toll since start of Covid-19

Another 1,244 Covid-19 deaths have been reported in Germany in a 24-hour period, the highest daily figure since the start of the pandemic, official data showed.

To date, 43,881 people in Germany have succumbed to the disease, according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the government's agency for disease control, Xinhua news agency reported.

Another 25,164 people have tested positive in the 24 hours, raising the total number of confirmed cases in Germany to about 1.98 million, RKI data showed.

At a press conference on Thursday, RKI President Lothar Wieler warned that a lag in testing over the New Year could mean that the latest numbers still don't show the full picture, German news agency dpa reported.

Germany "must massively reduce the case numbers" so as to bring normal life back to Germany, he said, urging more employers to switch to work-from-home models and appealing to the public to reduce contact with others to an absolute minimum.

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