Global COVID-19 cases surpass 80 million: Johns Hopkins University
Updated 08:38, 27-Dec-2020

Global COVID-19 cases surpassed 80 million on Saturday, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

The global case count reached 80,070,327, with a total of 1,753,839 deaths worldwide as of 12:22 p.m. EST (1722 GMT), the CSSE data showed.

The United States reported the most cases and deaths worldwide, with 18,794,545 cases and 330,509 deaths. India recorded 10,169,118 cases, ranking second in the world. Brazil followed India with 7,448,560 cases and the world's second-largest death toll of 190,488.

Countries with more than two million cases also include Russia, France, Britain, Turkey and Italy. Meanwhile, countries with over 50,000 deaths include India, Mexico, Italy, Britain, France, Iran and Russia, according to the CSSE tally.

Global cases hit 50 million on November 8, topped 60 million on November 25 and surpassed 70 million on December 11. 

It took 17 days for the global caseload to jump from 50 million to 60 million, 16 days from 60 million to 70 million and only 15 days from 70 million to 80 million.

The United States remains the worst-hit nation, accounting for more than 23 percent of the global cases.

U.S. experts warned there could be a post-holiday surge given the considerable amount of travelers nationwide during the Christmas season. 

Source(s): Xinhua News Agency

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