Global Covid cases top 121 million


18th March, 2021 02:40:28 printer

Global Covid cases top 121 million

The global Covid caseload surged past 121 million on Thursday, despite high rates of vaccination.

The total case count and deaths currently stand at 121,139,773 and 2,679,932, respectively,  according to Johns Hopkins University.

The US has registered 29,604,820 cases and 538,050 fatalities as of Thursday morning, as per the latest data released by the university.

Deaths per day in the US have plunged to an average of just under 1,300, down from a high of about 3,400 two months ago. New cases are running at about 55,000 per day on an average after peaking at more than a quartermillion daily in early January, reports AP.

With a record number of daily Covid-19 cases, Brazil has registered 90,303 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours ,pushing the nationwide tally to 11,693,838, the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, 2,648 more people have died from the disease, increasing the national death toll to 284,775, said the ministry.

The South American country has the world's second-highest Covid-19 death toll and caseload, only next to the US.

Brazil is one of the hardest-hit countries by the pandemic, experiencing another wave of infections. As of Tuesday, Brazil has vaccinated more than 14.18 million people, according to data from a consortium of media outlets.

India has reported 28,903 new infections, the highest of this year, taking the total tally to 11,438,734. According to the official data, the death toll mounted to 159,044 as 188 Covid-19 patients have died since Tuesday morning.