Global Covid-19 cases top 38.8 million

Washington: The overall number of global coronavirus cases has topped 38.8 million, while the deaths have soared to more than 1,097,180, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

As of Friday morning, the total number of cases stood at 38,833,032 and the fatalities increased to 1,097,189, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

The US is the worst-hit country with the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 7,977,097 and 217,754, respectively, according to the CSSE.

India comes in second place in terms of cases at 7,307,097, while the country’s death toll soared to 111,266.

The other top 15 countries with the maximum amount of cases are Brazil (5,169,386), Russia (1,346,380), Argentina (949,063), Colombia (936,982), Spain (921,374), Peru (856,951), France (850,997), Mexico (834,910), South Africa (698,184), the UK (676,455), Iran (517,835), Chile (486,496), Iraq (416,802), Bangladesh (384,559), and Italy (381,602), the CSSE figures showed.

Brazil currently accounts for the second highest number of fatalities at 152,460.
The countries with a death toll above 10,000 are Mexico (85,285), the UK (43,383), Italy (36,372), Spain (33,553), Peru (33,512), France (33,146), Iran (29,605), Colombia (28,457), Argentina (25,342), Russia (23,350), South Africa (18,309), Chile (13,434), Ecuador (12,306), Indonesia (12,268), Belgium (10,278) and Iraq (10,086).

Meanwhile, Hong Kong’s Center for Health Protection (CHP) reported 12 additional confirmed cases of Covid-19 on Thursday, including two local cases of unknown origin.

The newly-reported cases included eight imported cases and four local infections, bringing Hong Kong’s total tally to 5,213, Xinhua news agency reported.

The two untraceable local cases involved a 73-year-old businessman and a 35-year-old musician from the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.

A total of 58 cases were reported between October 8 and Wednesday, among which 64 percent were local ones. There was 9 per cent of local cases with unknown sources of infection, Under Secretary for Food and Health of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government Chui Tak-yi told a press conference.

Chui said private doctors played an important role in fighting Covid-19 in Hong Kong as some of the confirmed cases went to private clinics when they first developed symptoms related to the disease.

He urged private doctors to arrange testing for patients with Covid-19 symptoms, which is provided for free by the Department of Health of the HKSAR government.

According to Hong Kong’s Hospital Authority, 126 patients are still being treated in hospitals, including 12 in critical condition.