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Poonam Singh

Washington: In yet another grim milestone, the total number of global coronavirus cases has topped the 95 million mark, while the deaths have surged to more than 2.02 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 95,003,533 and 2,029,938, respectively.

The US is the worst-hit country with the world's highest number of cases and deaths at 23,928,643 and 397,532, respectively, according to the CSSE.

India comes in second place in terms of cases at 10,557,985, while the country's death toll soared to 152,274.

The other countries with more than a million confirmed cases are Brazil (8,488,099), Russia (3,530,379), the UK (3,405,740), France (2,969,091), Turkey (2,387,101), Italy (2,381,277), Spain (2,252,164), Germany (2,050,129), Colombia (1,908,413), Argentina (1,799,243), Mexico (1,630,258), Poland (1,435,582), South Africa (1,337,926), Iran (1,330,411), Ukraine (1,198,512) and Peru (1,060,567), the CSSE figures showed.

Brazil currently accounts for the second highest number of fatalities at 209,847.

The countries with a death toll above 20,000 are Mexico (140,241), the UK (89,429), Italy (82,177), France (70,422), Russia (64,601), Iran (56,803), Spain (53,314), Colombia (48,631), Germany (46,781), Argentina (45,407), Peru (38,770), South Africa (37,105), Poland (33,355), Indonesia (25,987), Turkey (23,997), Ukraine (21,767) and Belgium (20,396).

France registers 16,642 new coronavirus cases, 141 deaths

France has registered 16,642 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, according to figures released by the Public Health Agency.

The country's cumulative total of Covid-19 cases now stands at 2,910,989. The death toll went up by 141 in 24 hours to reach 70,283, data showed on Sunday, Xinhua news agency reported.

Over the last seven days, another 9,631 Covid-19 patients were admitted to hospitals across the country, including 1,418 in intensive care, the agency added.

On Sunday, 9,081 French people received a first dose, bringing the total number of inoculated citizens to 422,127 since the country has launched its vaccination rollout in late December, Health Ministry data showed.

Starting from January 18, the vaccination campaign will be extended to people aged 75 who live in their homes, in addition to nearly 800,000 citizens who suffer from serious diseases regardless of their age.

France has ordered some 200 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines. It has received 1,651,000 doses so far.

California coronavirus cases close to 3mn

California counties reported 32,904 new cases of Covid-19 and 418 new deaths for a total of 2,951,682 cases and 33,391 deaths in the state.

The total number of cases stood at 334,505 in the Bay Area and 3,342 people have died from the virus, according to a report on Sunday.

Santa Clara County has reported 1,060 deaths and a total of 91,466 cases. In San Francisco, 13 people were reported dead from the virus on Saturday, bringing the total death toll to 254, Xinhua news agency reported. The city has recorded 28,221 cases since the start of the pandemic.

So far, 51,573 people have tested positive for the coronavirus, with 446 deaths in Contra Costa County, 946 of whom were reported positive Saturday.

San Mateo County officials on Saturday said 554 new cases were recorded for a total of 31,204 cases.

Alameda County reported 919 new cases on Saturday and two new deaths for a total of 65,679 cases and 757 deaths.

North Bay's Sonoma, Solano, Marin and Napa counties recorded no new deaths on Saturday and 383 new cases for a total of 66,362 cases and 531 deaths.

The Bay Area region now has 3.4 per cent ICU availability, according to the California Department of Public Health.

(With IANS Inputs)

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