Global Covid cases approach 162 million


15th May, 2021 03:48:57 PM printer

Global Covid cases approach 162 million

The Covid-19 situation is worsening around the world by the day, even with mass inoculations underway. The overall number of corona cases has now topped 161.5 million.

According to Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the total caseload reached 161,566,026 while the death toll from the virus mounted to 3,353,630 on Saturday morning.

Besides, 1,410, 840,110 vaccine doses have been administered across the globe to date, said JHU.

The US, the worst-hit country in the world, has so far recorded 32,894,616 cases with 585,225 fatalities, as per the latest JHU data.

Neighbouring India has registered 24,046,809 cases with 262,317 fatalities to date, according to the health ministry.

India has been experiencing a staggering Covid-19 situation for the past several weeks and the World Health Organization has designated the Indian variant "a variant of concern" that might be more contagious than most versions of the coronavirus.

Brazil on Friday reported 2,211 more deaths from Covid-19, raising the national count to 432,628, the Ministry of Health said.

According to the ministry, Brazil now has a death rate of 205.9 per 100,000 inhabitants.

Meanwhile, 85,536 more infections were detected, raising the nationwide tally to 15,519,525.

Brazil has the world's second-highest Covid-19 death toll, after the United States, and the third-largest caseload, following the United States and India.