Posted: Friday, March 5, 2021. 10:52 am CST.
By BBN Staff: The global total for confirmed COVID-19 cases surpassed 115 million today, reports Market Watch.
Data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University shows that the current number of confirmed cases globally stands above 115.6 million, with the number of deaths surpassing 2.56 million.
The United States continues to be the hardest-hit country in the world by the pandemic, with 28.8 million and the highest death toll at 520,356. The New York Times tracker said that the U.S. added 67,415 new cases on Thursday and at least 1,949 people died. The US has a reported average of 62,924 cases a day for the past week, which represents a 14 percent decline when compared to two weeks ago.
This week, Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, criticized the states of Texas and Mississippi for relaxing restrictions while seeing high incidents of new infections.
“I don’t know why they’re doing it but it’s certainly, from a public health standpoint, ill-advised,” Fauci told CNN.
Brazil remains the second-hardest by the number of deaths, but third in the overall number of confirmed cases (260,970 and 10.8 million respectively).
India ranks second worldwide in number cases with 11.2 million, and fourth-highest in the number of deaths at 157,548.
Belize has been showing steady progress in terms of decreasing numbers of confirmed cases. Yesterday the country reported only three new infections, the lowest count for 2021, which brings the country’s total up to 12,329. Deaths connected to the virus remain at 314.
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