Global Covid-19 caseload tops 194 mn

Washington: The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 194 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 4.15 million and vaccinations soared to over 3.84 billion, 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, death toll and the total number of vaccine doses administered stood at 194,092,488, 4,158,316 and 3,841,936,983, respectively.

The US continues to be the worst-hit country with the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 34,443,064 and 610,891, respectively, according to the CSSE.

In terms of infections, India follows in the second place with 31,371,901 cases.

The other worst countries with over 3 million cases are Brazil (19,688,663), France (6,056,388), Russia (6,049,215), the UK (5,723,393), Turkey (5,601,608), Argentina (4,846,615), Colombia (4,727,846), Italy (4,317,415), Spain (4,280,429), Germany (3,763,018), Iran (3,691,432) and Indonesia (3,166,505), the CSSE figures showed.

In terms of deaths, Brazil comes second with 549,924 fatalities. Nations with a death toll of over 100,000 are India (420,551), Mexico (238,316), Peru (195,243), Russia (151,352), the UK (129,446), Italy (127,949), Colombia (118,868), France (111,806) and Argentina (103,721).

Meanwhile, Malaysia reported 17,045 new Covid-19 infections in the highest daily spike since the outbreak, bringing the national total to 1,013,438, the health ministry has said.

Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said on Sunday in a press statement that six of the new cases are imported and 17,039 are local transmissions, Xinhua news agency reported.

Another 92 deaths were reported, pushing the death toll to 7,994. Some 9,683 more patients were released after recovery, bringing the total cured and discharged to 844,541, or 83.3 per cent of all cases.

Of the remaining 160,903 active cases, 970 are being held in intensive care units and 501 of those are in need of assisted breathing.