Health Desk – 5 Feb, 2021: In yet another grim milestone, the total tally of global Covid-19 cases has surpassed 104 million.
While the confirmed Covid-19 cases reached 104,832,983, the deaths from the virus infection touched 2,281,980 on Friday morning, according to Johns Hopkins University (JHU).
The world’s most powerful country, the US remained the globe’s worst-hit, with 26,672,920 Covid cases and 455,657 deaths, as per the university data.
Infectious disease specialists expect deaths to start dropping soon, after new cases hit a peak right around the beginning of the year. New Covid-19 deaths could ebb as early as next week, said the new director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reports AP.
But there’s also the risk that improving trends in infections and hospitalisations could be offset by people relaxing and coming together — including this Sunday, to watch football, she added.
“I’m worried about Super Bowl Sunday, quite honestly,” Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Thursday in an interview with The Associated Press.
Brazil has the world’s second-highest Covid death toll after the United States. It has registered a total caseload of 9,396,293 and 228,795 fatalities, as per the university data.
So far, neighbouring India has recorded 10,790,183 Covid cases and 154,703 deaths, according to the Indian Health Ministry.