The coronavirus pandemic caused about 14,000 deaths worldwide in the last day, exceeding the threshold of 2.9 million deaths since the pandemic began, which is also close to the threshold of 134 million infections, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The agency said on its website that it has recorded 707,258 cases and 13,825 deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 133,963,482 and 2,902,328, respectively, while 76,134,548 people have recovered from COVID-19 to date.
The United States remains the hardest hit country, with more than 31 million cases and nearly 560,000 deaths. Behind are Brazil with more than 13.2 million infections and more than 345,000 deaths and India with more than 13 million cases and more than 167,000 deaths amid an upswing that has left record numbers in recent days.
Mexico is the third country in terms of the number of deaths with more than 206,000 deaths, although it ranks 14th in the world in terms of the number of infections.
France, Russia and the United Kingdom are over four million cases while Italy, Turkey and Spain are between three and four million. Germany, Poland, Colombia, Argentina, Mexico and Iran are in the range between two and three million.
Between one and two million infections include Ukraine, Peru, the Czech Republic, South Africa, Indonesia, the Netherlands, Chile, and Canada, while Romania, Belgium, Iraq, Sweden, Israel, the Philippines, Portugal, Pakistan, Hungary, Bangladesh, Jordan , Serbia, Switzerland, Austria and Morocco are between half a million and a million infections.
Japan, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have for their part confirmed between 400,000 and 500,000 infections, while Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Panama, Malaysia, Ecuador, Belarus and Kazakhstan have recorded between 300,000 and 400,000 cases.
In the range between 200,000 and 300,000 cases are Greece, Georgia, Croatia, Bolivia, Azerbaijan, Nepal, Tunisia, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Dominican Republic, Kuwait, Ireland, Moldova, Denmark, Paraguay, Ethiopia, Slovenia, Lithuania, Costa Rica, Egypt and Armenia.
Finally, in the group between 100,000 and 200,000 infections, there are Guatemala, Honduras, Qatar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Venezuela, Oman, Libya, Nigeria, Bahrain, Kenya, Burma, North Macedonia, Uruguay, Albania, Algeria, Estonia, South Korea and Latvia, China and Norway.
China, the country where the pandemic started, has 101,984 infected people and 4,841 deaths, according to the university’s record.