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Global Covid-19 death toll nears 3 million

International Desk
17 April 2021, Sat
Published: 02:19 Updated: 04:02

Global Covid-19 death toll nears 3 million

With the Covid-19 situation worsening around the world by the day, the global death toll from the virus topped 2.99 million on Saturday.

According to Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the total case count and fatalities now stand at 139,670,541 and 2,997,062, respectively.

The US remains the world's worst-hit country, with 31,575,138 cases and 566,212 deaths, as per the university data.

The US is averaging nearly 70,000 new daily coronavirus cases, up from about 53,000 just four weeks ago, CDC Director Dr Rochelle Walensky was quoted by AP as saying.

Hospitalisations have been trending higher, and deaths were up for the third day in a row.

Amid the devastating Covid-19 situation in India, the country’s total caseload has now surpassed 14,291,917. The death toll from the virus has topped 174,308, according to official figures released Friday.

According to the university data, India is counted as the second-worst country in terms of cases after the US and fourth in terms of deaths after the US, Brazil and Mexico. - AP

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