Worldwide COVID-19 cases cross 278 million, death toll rises past 5.385 million

People wait in line to get tested for COVID-19 at a makeshift clinic in Seoul on December 22, 2021.(Yonhap/IANS)

Worldwide COVID-19 cases cross 278 million, death toll rises past 5.385 million

Washington, December 24, 2021

The total number of cases of COVID-19 worldwide, since the first cases were reported in late 2019, has crossed 278.101 million while the death toll has climbed past 5.385 million as of today.

A dashboard maintained by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at the Johns Hopkins University, which is tracking the pandemic, showed that the United States remained the worst-hit country with 51.814 million cases and 815,343 deaths so far.

India is in second place, in terms of the number of cases of infection, at 34.765 million, while it is placed third in the world in terms of the number of deaths at 478,759.

India is only the second country after the US to have crossed 30 million cases and the third country, after the US and Brazil, to have registered more than 400,000 deaths.

Brazil has so far reported more than 22.230 million cases of infection, the third highest in the world, while, in terms of the number of deaths, it is second after the US, at 618,492. It is the second country after the US to record more than 500,000 deaths in the pandemic.

Other countries with over 5 million cases so far are the United Kingdom (11,836,768), Russia (10,140,429), Turkey (9,249,576), France (8,994,106), Germany (6,954,634), Iran (6,179,817), Spain (5,718,007), Italy (5,517,054), Argentina (5,428,957) and Colombia (5,115,194), the CSSE figures showed.

Nations with a death toll of over 100,000 are Mexico (298,359), Russia (295,296), Peru (202,375), the UK (148,185), Indonesia (144,042), Italy (136,245), Iran (131,262), Colombia (129,640), France (123,280), Argentina (116,979) and Germany (109,877).

According to the CSSE dashboard, the world has reported a total of 17.688 million new COVID-19 cases and 201,311 deaths in the last 28 days.

In this period, the US has reported 3,450,258 new cases and 35,482 deaths, followed by the UK with 1,684,825 cases and 3,310 deaths; Germany with 1,348,076 cases and 9,630 deaths; and France with 1,316,320 cases and 3,415 deaths.

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