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The global coronavirus caseload has topped 262.73 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 5.21 million and vaccination to over 7.99 billion, according to Johns Hopkins University.

In its latest update on Wednesday morning, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood at 262,735,124 and 5,214,928 respectively. And the total number of vaccine doses administered was 7,992,506,676.

The US continues to be the worst-hit country with the world's highest number of cases and deaths at 48,554,890 and 780,140, respectively according to the CSSE.

The second worst hit country in terms of cases is India (34,587,822 infections and 468,980 deaths), followed by Brazil (22,094,459 infections and 614,681 deaths).

The other worst countries with over 5 million cases are the UK (10,285,745), Russia (9,468,640), Turkey (8,797,558), France (7,778,575), Iran (6,117,445), Germany (5,881,432), Argentina (5,330,748), Spain (5,164,184) and Colombia (5,069,644), the CSSE figures showed.

Nations with a death toll of over 100,000 are Mexico (293,950), Russia (269,900), Peru (201,144), the UK (145,414), Indonesia (143,830), Italy (133,828), Iran (129,830), Colombia (128,528), France (120,112) and Argentina (116,589).

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