Coronavirus cases surge past 79.8 million mark worldwide

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Coronavirus cases surge past 85 million mark worldwide
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New Delhi (NVI): The global count of coronavirus cases has reached more than 79.8 million, with over 17,49,900 deaths reported. Over 44.7 million patients have been cured and recovered from the deadly contagion, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

In the US, the total number of coronavirus infections have reached more than 18.75 million, while the number of fatalities due to the virus have surpassed 3,30,200 in the country.

Brazil’s coronavirus cases has surpassed 7.44 million, while the country accounts for the second highest number of COVID-19 fatalities at 1,90,488.

The health ministry of Mexico also reported 9,679 new cases of coronavirus infection on Friday and 665 fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 1,372,243 cases and 121,837 deaths.

Meanwhile, the health authorities in France and Lebanon have confirmed their first cases of the coronavirus variant that prompted global travel restrictions and strict lockdown measures in the United Kingdom.

Canada’s most populous province Ontario is imposing tighter COVID-19 restrictions from today till January 9 in an effort to curb rising infections, deaths and hospitalisations linked to the coronavirus.

Furthermore, the new strain of the coronavirus has been detected in eight European countries, Hans Kluge, WHO’s Regional Director for Europe said, adding that organization is monitoring the situation.

Indonesia records its biggest daily rise in COVID-19 deaths with 258 fatalities, taking the total to 20,847, the government data shows. Infections rose by 7,259, bringing the total to 700,097 cases.