Global Covid-19 caseload tops 195.2 mn

Washington: The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 195.2 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 4.17 million and vaccinations soared to over 3.91 billion, according to the 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 an death toll stood at 195,265,112, and 4,176,605, respectively.

The US continues to be the worst-hit country with the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 34,603,658 and 611,409, respectively, according to the CSSE.

In terms of infections, India follows in the second place with 31,440,951 cases.

The other worst countries with over 3 million cases are Brazil (19,749,073), Russia (6,094,379), France (6,088,930), the UK (5,771,732), Turkey (5,638,178), Argentina (4,875,927), Colombia (4,747,775), Spain (4,368,453), Italy (4,325,046), Germany (3,766,501), Iran (3,758,197) and Indonesia (3,239,936), the CSSE figures showed.

In terms of deaths, Brazil comes second with 551,835 fatalities. Nations with a death toll of over 100,000 are India (421,382), Mexico (239,079), Peru (195,890), Russia (152,836), the UK (129,591), Italy (127,995), Colombia (119,482), France (111,883) and Argentina (104,352).

Meanwhile, South Korea is reporting a new daily high for coronavirus cases a day after authorities enforced stringent restrictions in areas outside the Seoul capital region seeking to slow a nationwide spread of infections.  The 1,896 cases announced Wednesday took the country’s total for the pandemic to 193,427, with 2,083 deaths from Covid-19.

It was the highest daily jump since the pandemic began and surpassed a previous record of 1,842 announced last Thursday.

The Seoul area has been at the centre of the outbreak. On Tuesday, the government put much of the non-Seoul regions under the second highest distancing guidelines to guard against a nationwide viral spread.

Elsewhere, People not immunised or having received only one dose of vaccine constitute 98 per cent of patients hospitalised with Covid-19 in Portugal, the Portuguese General Directorate of Health (DGS) reported on Tuesday.