Global Covid-19 caseload tops 178.6 mn

Washington: The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 178.6 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 3.87 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

In its latest update on Tuesday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood at 178,686,182 and 3,870,373, respectively.

The US continues to be the worst-hit country with the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 33,553,967 and 602,086, respectively, according to the CSSE.

In terms of infections, India follows in the second place with 29,935,221 cases.

The other worst countries with over 3 million cases are Brazil (17,927,928), France (5,819,575), Turkey (5,375,593), Russia (5,272,328), the UK (4,656,535), Argentina (4,277,395), Italy (4,253,460), Colombia (3,968,405), Spain (3,764,651), Germany (3,730,619) and Iran (3,105,620), the CSSE figures showed.

In terms of deaths, Brazil comes second with 501,825 fatalities. Nations with a death toll of over 100,000 are India (388,135), Mexico (231,187), the UK (128,245), Italy (127,291), Russia (127,641) and France (110,940).

Meanwhile, the White House on Monday introduced plans to share 55 million Covid-19 vaccine doses with the rest of the world.

Among the 55 million doses, around 41 million will be shared through COVAX, including approximately 14 million doses for Latin America and the Caribbean, approximately 16 million for Asia, and approximately 10 million for Africa, according to a White House statement, Xinhua reported.

The rest, about 14 million doses, will be shared directly with “regional priorities and other recipients,” including Afghanistan, Iraq, West Bank and Gaza.

The allocation plan for the 55 million doses is the remaining portion of the Joe Biden administration’s overall framework to share 80 million doses globally by the end of June. The White House had detailed the plan for the first tranche of 25 million doses earlier this month.

The Biden administration is expected to fall short of its initial commitment to send 80 million doses overseas by the end of this month.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Monday that the delay of the vaccine shipments was caused by logistical challenges.

 

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