Global coronavirus cases surpass 90 million

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A woman directs a man to a COVID-19 testing location at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, New York, the United States, on Dec. 3, 2020. The number of COVID-19 cases in the United States surpassed 14 million on Thursday, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. (Photo by Michael Nagle/Xinhua)
A woman directs a man to a COVID-19 testing location at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, New York, the United States. (Photo by Michael Nagle/Xinhua)

Global coronavirus cases have now surpassed 90 million.

The total case count reached 90,237,469 with 1,934,096 deaths as of Monday

Data from Johns Hopkins University also show that the virus is surging in many regions and areas of 191 countries.

Countries around the world are scrambling to procure vaccines while they continue to extend or reinstate lockdowns to fight new coronavirus variants.

The new COVID-19 variants discovered initially in the United Kingdom and South Africa are rapidly spreading globally.

To control the spread of new coronavirus variant, countries across the globe have started to extend movement and business restrictions.

In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel and state premiers last week agreed to restrict non-essential travel for residents of hard-hit areas all over Germany for the first time after a lockdown decreed in December failed to significantly reduce infection numbers.

The United States, the world’s worst-affected country, reported its highest death toll on Wednesday, with over 4,000 fatalities in a single day.

The nation has recorded more than 22 million cases since the pandemic started, reporting on average 245,000 new infections a day over the last seven days, according to a Reuters analysis.

India and Brazil continue to be the second and third most-affected countries respectively reporting 10.4 million cases and 8.1 million cases respectively.

Russia and the United Kingdom occupy the fourth and fifth places of most COVID-19 cases in the world with 3.6 million cases and 3.08 million cases respectively, the dashboard reported further.

 

Story compiled with assistance from Reuters and wire reports

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