Worldwide coronavirus death toll ‘passes three million mark’

COVID-19 death toll nears 3 million as India cases surge

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases around the world has surpassed 140 million despite vaccinations proceeding, the USA university data showed.

The center's website reported early Saturday the 3-million mark had been surpassed with 3,001,068 deaths.

More than 140 million people around the world have contracted COVID-19, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Even as the United States and Britain see their vaccination drives hit their stride, other places both rich and poor, France and India among them, are lagging behind in putting shots in arms and have imposed new lockdowns and other restrictions as cases soar. Brazil is next after it registered more than 368,000 deaths to date, followed by Mexico (over 211,000) and India (175,000).

For comparison, three million people is more than the population of Jamaica or Armenia, and three times the death toll of the Iran-Iraq war which raged from 1980-1988.

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In the 265 lineages from India , the cumulative prevalence of the B.1.617 variant was 10 per cent, the Scripps researchers found. E484Q and L452R are separately found in other coronavirus variants, but they were found together for the first time in India .

A surge in cases in Canada's largest province as resulted in the implementation of severe new measures. In addition, Ontario residents are facing new restrictions of non-essential travel with new checkpoints at the province's Quebec and Manitoba borders.

Draghi said a priority will be given to opening outdoor establishments such as restaurants, and all schools will reopen during a news conference in Rome.

The United States remains the worst-hit nation, with 31,567,744 cases and 566,240 deaths, accounting for more than 22 percent of the global caseload and more than 18 percent of the global death toll.

The WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned that "cases and deaths are continuing to increase at worrying rates".

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