Coronavirus tally: COVID-19 global cases top 260 million and WHO to meet and assess new South African variant

The global number of coronavirus-borne illnesses soared above 260 million on Friday, while the death toll surpassed 5.18 million, according to the report. data collected by Johns Hopkins University. The US continues to lead the world with a total of 48.1 million cases and 775,797 deaths. The US still records an average of more than 1,000 deaths a day, according to a New York Times tracker, and the number of cases and hospitalizations is rising again. A new coronavirus variant has been discovered in South Africa that scientists say is of concern due to the high number of mutations and the rapid spread among young people in Gauteng, the country’s most populous province, Health Minister Joe Phaahla announced on Thursday. reported the Associated Press. Currently identified as B.1.1.529, the new variant has been found in Botswana and Hong Kong in travelers from South Africa, he said. Now the British government has banned flights from South Africa and five other South African countries and will ask anyone who has recently come out of them to take a test, as scientists investigate whether the new variant is resistant to current vaccines. The World Health Organization’s technical working group will meet on Friday to review the new variant and may decide whether or not to name it from the Greek alphabet. India is second only to the US with 34.6 million and has suffered 467,468 deaths. Brazil has the second highest death toll with 613,642 and 22 million cases. In Europe, Russia has the most fatalities with 265,134 deaths, followed by the UK with 144,876.

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