A man wearing a face mask takes a walk on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade in New York. File/AFP
The global coronavirus caseload has topped 201 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 4.27 million and vaccinations soared to over 4.34 billion, according to the Johns Hopkins University.
In its latest update on Saturday morning, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload, death toll stood and vaccination tally stood at 201,690,263, 4,276,940 and 4,346,167,629, respectively.
The US is now averaging 100,000 new COVID-19 infections a day, returning to a milestone last seen during the winter surge in yet another bleak reminder of how quickly the delta variant has spread through the country.
Paramedics prepare to transfer a patient to The Royal London Hospital in east London. File/AFP
The US was averaging about 11,000 cases a day in late June. Now the number is 107,143.
It took the US about nine months to cross the 100,000 average case number in November before peaking at about 250,000 in early January. Cases bottomed out in June but took about six weeks to go back above 100,000, despite a vaccine that has been given to more than 70% of the adult population.
The seven-day average for daily new deaths also increased, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. It rose over the past two weeks from about 270 deaths per day to nearly 500 a day as of Friday.
A patient suffering from the coronavirus is treated in the ICU of a hospital in Moscow. File/Reuters
Russia registered 22,660 new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours as the Delta variant continues to spread, taking the nationwide tally to 6,402,564, the official monitoring and response centre said on Friday.
The nationwide death toll grew by 792 to 163,301, while the number of recoveries increased by 20,141 to 5,720,353, Xinhua news agency reported.
Moscow, Russia's worst-hit region, reported 2,583 new cases, taking its total to 1,522,204.
More than 6 million COVID-19 cases have been recorded in Britain since the start of the pandemic, according to official figures released on Friday. The country reported another 31,808 coronavirus cases in the latest 24-hour period, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 6,014,023.
A woman of the Warao tribe suffering from coronavirus has her temperature checked by doctors in Manaus. File/AFP
Britain also recorded another 92 coronavirus-related deaths. The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain now stands at 130,178. These figures only include the deaths of people who died within 28 days of their first positive test, Xinhua news agency reported.
The other worst countries with over 3 million cases are Brazil (20,108,746), France (6,325,144), Russia (6,318,643), the UK (6,042,529), Turkey (5,870,741), Argentina (5,002,951), Colombia (4,828,583), Spain (4,588,132), Italy (4,383,787), Iran (4,092,671), Germany (3,792,848) and Indonesia (3,607,863), the CSSE figures showed.
According to a reputable media tally published on Wednesday with 319,644 deaths and over 17.9 million confirmed cases, the United States tops the list of twenty countries with the highest recorded infections and deaths in the world.
More than 226,125,240 people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 4,813,463 have died, according to a reputable website https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/ tally on Tuesday.
Esper's comments come at a time when some US officials have blamed China for the coronavirus outbreak. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday Washington had evidence the disease emerged from a Chinese lab, which Beijing strongly denies.
India logged 26,964 new COVID cases in the last 24 hours taking the caseload to 3,35,31,498, while the active cases declined to 301,989, the lowest in 186 days, Union Health Ministry's data showed on Wednesday.
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