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Global coronavirus cases surpass 90 million in battle on new variant

/ 05:07 PM January 11, 2021

Worldwide coronavirus cases surpassed 90 million on Monday, according to Reuters tally, as nations around the globe scramble to procure vaccines and continue to extend or reinstate lockdowns to fight new coronavirus variants.

The new COVID-19 variants discovered initially in the United Kingdom and South Africa are rapidly spreading globally.

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The novel coronavirus has picked up pace in the past few months with about one-third of total cases registered in the last 48 days, according to a Reuters tally.

Global coronavirus cases surpass 90 million in battle on new variant

FILE PHOTO: Dr. Dan Ponticiello, 43, and Dr. Gabriel Gomez, 40, intubate a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patient in the COVID-19 ICU at Providence Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, California, U.S., January 8, 2021. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Europe, which became the first region to report 25 million cases last week, remains the worst-affected area in the world, followed by North and Latin Americas with 22.4 million and 16.3 million cases respectively.

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Europe has reported around 31% of about 1.93 million coronavirus-related deaths globally.

The United Kingdom, the worst-affected European country, crossed 3 million cases last Friday.

The nation is on course to have immunized its most vulnerable people against COVID-19 by mid-February and plans to offer a shot to every adult by autumn.

To control the spread of new coronavirus variant, countries across the globe have started to extend movement and business restrictions.

In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel and state premiers last week agreed to restrict non-essential travel for residents of hard-hit areas all over Germany for the first time after a lockdown decreed in December failed to significantly reduce infection numbers.

Global coronavirus cases surpass 90 million in battle on new variant

FILE PHOTO: A Sadhu or a Hindu holy man gets his temperature measured at a base camp where pilgrims gather before heading for an annual trip to Sagar Island for the one-day festival of “Makar Sankranti”, amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Kolkata, India, January 8, 2021. REUTERS/Ranita Roy

French authorities imposed a stricter evening curfew in Marseille after authorities said the new variant of the COVID-19 virus initially found in the UK had been discovered in the Mediterranean city.

United States, the world’s worst-affected country, reported its highest death toll on Wednesday, with over 4,000 fatalities in a single day.

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The nation has recorded more than 22 million cases since the pandemic started, reporting on average 245,000 new infections a day over the last seven days, according to a Reuters analysis.

In Asia, India crossed 150,000 deaths last Tuesday, becoming the third nation to reach the grim milestone.

The south Asian nation has approved two COVID-19 vaccines and will start its vaccination drive from January 16 with priority given to about 30 million healthcare and frontline workers.

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