Currently, the COVID-19 cases worldwide stand at over 32.7 million with more than 24 million recoveries and deaths at 991,991 and the number of confirmed infections worldwide has been rising rapidly.
The global death toll from COVID-19 could double to 2 million before a successful vaccine is widely used and could be even higher without concerted action to curb the pandemic, an official at the World Health Organization said on Friday.
The WHO is continuing talks with China about its possible involvement in the COVAX financing scheme designed to guarantee fast and equitable access globally to COVID-19 vaccine, a week after the deadline for committing passed.
There have been at least 7,005,746 cases of coronavirus in the United States and at least 203,240 people have died in the United States. Only three other countries in the world have reported more than 1 million total Covid-19 cases and these are Brazil, India and Russia.
Authorities in Russia said Friday another 7,212 new novel coronavirus infections had been identified throughout the country, the highest daily number since June 23.
More than 1.1 million people in Russia have been infected since the pandemic began, killing at least 20,056. Public health officials said 108 Covid-19-related deaths were recorded.
Mexico’s Health Ministry reported 490 new Covid-19 deaths on Thursday, raising the country’s death toll to 75,439. The ministry also reported 5,408 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the nationwide total to 715,457. Mexico’s Covid-19 death toll is the second highest in Latin America, following only that of Brazil.
Coronavirus cases are surging in some Middle Eastern countries that had previously recorded some of the lowest numbers of pandemic cases in the world. The last week has seen a series of record new cases in Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Lebanon.
Africa has so far reported 1 444 803 cases; with 34 760 deaths and 1 190 829 recoveries.
In South Africa, the number of confirmed cases passed the 668 000 mark this week. The death toll has risen to more 16 300. The country yesterday recorded 1 480 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of reported cases in the country to 668 529.
According to the Department of Health, the cumulative number of tests conducted to date is 4 117 079 with 14 917 new tests conducted since the last report. 29 new deaths have also been reported bringing the total number of COVID-19 related fatalities to 16 312
Zimbabwe has so far registered 7,787 coronavirus cases, including 227 related deaths. Some 6,057 people have recovered.
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