News World Global COVID-19 cases surpass 101.5 mln, deaths exceed 2.19 mln

Global COVID-19 cases surpass 101.5 mln, deaths exceed 2.19 mln

The cumulative total of global coronavirus cases exceeded 101.5 million as of Saturday with the death toll surpassing 2.19 million, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The WHO coronavirus dashboard showed that the global case count and death toll reached 101,561,219 and 2,196,944 respectively as of 19:49 CET on Saturday.

In the United States, more than 90,000 deaths related to the COVID-19 have been reported since New Year’s Day, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

A total of 90,844 coronavirus-related deaths have been reported in January alone, a record monthly high, data showed. The national case count rose to 26,044,982 with 438,930 fatalities as of Saturday night, still leading the world in terms of confirmed cases and deaths.

The United Kingdom reported 23,275 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 3,796,088, according to official figures released Saturday.

Meanwhile, Britain also reported another 1,200 coronavirus-related deaths, taking the country’s death toll to 105,571.

England is currently under the third national lockdown since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country. Similar restriction measures are also in place in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

France reported 24,392 new confirmed cases while another 242 people have died in the past 24 hours, according to figures released by health authorities on Saturday.

The national tally of confirmed cases has reached 3,177,879, the second highest in Europe after Britain. Death toll from the disease has reached 75,862.

France has announced that starting from Sunday, borders to non-European Union (EU) countries will be closed except for essential travel. Meanwhile, all visitors from other EU nations will have to show a negative result of nucleic acid testing except for cross-border workers.

Data from Spanish health ministry shows that the country has reported over 800,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases in January, accounting for almost 30 percent of the caseload since the outbreak.

Spain on Saturday announced the third extension of restrictions on flights and cruise ships from the UK. Travel control will also be implemented on the Spain-Portugal border.

Greece reported 795 new confirmed cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country to 156,473, the health ministry released on Saturday. Meanwhile, the fatalities increase by 15 to 5,799.

The Greek government has announced stricter measures starting from Saturday for “red zone” regions with heavier epidemiological load, like Attica where the capital Athens is located.

In the red zones, middle schools will reopen on Feb. 1 after more than two months of online learning while high schools will remain closed. Meanwhile, the night curfew begins at 18:00 (except for Attica where the curfew continues to begin at 21:00) until 05:00.

Japan registered 3,345 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and 91 new deaths on Saturday, according to NHK data.

Japan is set to extend the state of emergency over the COVID-19 pandemic and began arrangements of the extension for up to another month on Saturday as Tokyo and other areas continue to log a high number of infections, local media reported.

The final decision on whether to extend the current state of emergency in 11 of the country’s 47 prefectures beyond Feb 7 will be made next week.

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases on the African continent reached 3,534,360 as of Saturday, according to data from the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).

According to the continental disease control and prevention agency’s COVID-19 dashboard, the death toll related to the pandemic in Africa stood at 89,839 as of Saturday.

Many countries in Africa have launched vaccination against the COVID-19. Rwanda plans to vaccinate about 8 million people, accounting for 60 percent of the total population, within two years. Kenya will vaccinate 1.25 million people from February to June this year. Algeria has already launched a vaccination drive.

(Reuters)

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