Coronavirus cases surge past 88 mn worldwide; death toll nears 1.9 mn

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New Delhi (NVI): More than 88 million people around the world have been confirmed to have the coronavirus, while the death toll has crossed 18,97,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally. Over 49 million patients have recovered from the deadly disease globally.

The number of coronavirus infections in the US have surpassed 21.5 million, while the number of fatalities caused due to the deadly contagion have exceeded 3,65,000 in the country.

Brazil’s coronavirus cases have crossed the 79 lakh-mark and stands at 7,961,673 while the number of deaths have surged past 2,00,000.

Meanwhile, Mexico’s health ministry has reported 13,734 new coronavirus cases and 1,044 more fatalities, bringing the country’s totals to 1,493,569 infections and 131,031 deaths.

France reported 21,703 new confirmed Covid-19 cases on Thursday, down from 25,379 on Wednesday. The health ministry also reported 277 new virus deaths in hospitals compared to 283 on Wednesday.

Furthermore, Australia’s Queensland state has enforced a three-day lockdown in the city of Brisbane from Friday evening, after a hotel quarantine worker tested positive for the more contagious variant of Covid-19 that emerged in Britain last month.

Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that supply agreements with Pfizer meant that all Israelis over the age of 16 would be able to be vaccinated by the end of March, or perhaps even earlier.

The world’s poorest countries can expect to start receiving their first Covid-19 vaccine doses between the end of January and mid-February, the World Health Organization has said.