Global Covid cases inch closer to 89 million


9th January, 2021 11:32:05 printer

Global Covid cases inch closer to 89 million

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to devastate countries across the world, as cases approach 89 million.

According to the latest data released by Johns Hopkins University, the total count of COVID cases reached 88, 821,629, while the death toll mounted to 1,911,637 on Saturday morning.

In the US, the worst-hit country of the world, the infection tally topped near 21 million (21,857,293) while the death toll climbed to 368,736, the figures revealed.

The seven-day average positivity rate for the nation has continued to rise since Christmas, and stood at 13.6% on Thursday, according to the COVID Tracking Project. That’s well above the 10% rate considered a marker of widespread contagion, reports AP.

Brazil recorded over 8 million COVID-19 cases on Friday, a day after reaching the grim milestone of 200,000 deaths from the disease.

In its daily pandemic report, the Brazilian Ministry of Health said it registered 52,035 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, raising the national tally to 8,013,708 cases.

The ministry said 962 more fatalities were reported, bringing the nationwide death toll to 201,460.

Brazil has the world's second-highest COVID-19 death toll, after the United States, and the third-largest outbreak, after America and India.

In India, health authorities registered 10,413,417 cases, while the death toll from COVID stood at 150,570 as of Saturday morning.

India remains the second worst-hit country in the world in terms of cases.