Global COVID-19 cases surpass 27.23 mln, death toll exceeds 891,000 Tuesday: WHO

Niwandinda Daniel
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Global confirmed cases of COVID-19 topped 27.23 million with the death toll exceeding 891,000 as of 13:52 Central European Summer Time (CEST) on Tuesday, according to the latest data from the World Health Organization (WHO).
The WHO coronavirus disease dashboard showed that the total number of confirmed cases has reached 27,236,916 with a death toll of 891,031 worldwide.
The number of COVID-19 cases in the United States surpassed 6.32 million Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The nationwide caseload reached 6,321,054, including a death toll of 189,487, as of 16:28 Eastern Standard Time. The United States still has the highest confirmed cases and deaths in the world.
In Europe, France has been facing a resurgence of COVID-19 in recent days.
On Tuesday, 6,544 new confirmed infection cases were recorded, bringing the cumulative total to 335,524, while the total deaths since the outbreak of the epidemic went up by 39 to 30,764, according to the data released by the health ministry.
On the same day, the European Parliament announced that it would convene a meeting in Brussels, Belgium from Sept 14 to 17 which was originally scheduled to be held in French Strasbourg, the headquarter of the European Parliament.
In South Korea, 136 more cases of the COVID-19 were reported on Tuesday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 21,432.
The daily caseload stayed below 200 for six straight days, but it has continued to grow in triple digits since Aug 14.
It was attributed to cluster infections in Seoul and its surrounding Gyeonggi province linked to church services and a massive rally held in central Seoul on Aug 15.
Also, five more deaths were confirmed in the country, leaving the death toll at 341. The total fatality rate stood at 1.59 percent.
Since Jan 3, South Korea has tested more than 2.06 million people, among whom 2,001,276 tested negative for the virus and 43,370 are being checked.
Egypt reported 187 new COVID-19 infections on Tuesday, bringing the national tally to 100,228, said the Egyptian Health Ministry.
Meanwhile, 19 deaths were reported, raising the death toll to 5,560, the ministry’s spokesman Khaled Megahed said in a statement.
Egypt announced its first confirmed COVID-19 case on Feb 14 and the first death from the highly infectious virus on March 8.
Amid declining daily COVID-19 infections and fatalities, the most populous Arab country has been easing relevant restrictions over the past months as part of a coexistence plan to maintain anti-coronavirus precautionary measures while resuming economic activities.
According to the Greek Migration and Asylum Ministry, a total of 35 refugees living in the Moria camp on Lesbos island, Greece’s largest refugee and migrant camp, have been tested positive for the coronavirus.
Earlier on Sept 2, a 40-year-old Somali refugee was confirmed as a COVID-19 case and has since then been hospitalized. He was the first one in the camp.
The camp has also been sealed off for 14 days until Sept 15, according to a statement from the Greek Migration and Asylum Ministry.
Moria, with a capacity for 2,757 people, currently accommodates 12,714, according to official data.
At the moment, 27,576 migrants and refugees are hosted mainly on five islands in the Aegean and in overcrowded facilities, making up part of the some 100,000 asylum seekers in Greece.
WHO’s data on Tuesday showed that a total of 11,663 infections have been registered in Greece as of the day, with 289 deaths.

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