Thu. Feb 25th, 2021
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The world surpassed the grim milestone of 100 million cases for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) on Tuesday as countries ramp up efforts to speed up the vaccination process.

As of Tuesday, there have been 100.09 million confirmed cases of the virus across the globe, with 2.15 million deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University’s Covid-19 tracker.

On Monday, there were 509,000 new cases of the virus and 10,600 new deaths, which marked a general decline from the days previous. Cases and deaths have roughly declined since peaks earlier in the month.

These figures come slightly more than a year after China first began reporting what it initially described as mysterious cases pneumonia.

The United States has the most cases (25.41 million) and deaths (424,000) despite being the third most populous country. There were 151,000 cases and 1,900 deaths recorded on Monday.

Both numbers are roughly following the global trajectory – a slight decline since earlier this month.

Britain is among the world’s leaders in vaccination rates. As of Sunday, the country had vaccinated 6.6 million people with at least one dose, nearly 10% of its population. A New York Times analysis shows that if it keeps that pace, a majority of the country will be fully vaccinated in about three months.

Leading the way on vaccinations is Israel, which has reported giving at least one dose to about 30 percent of its citizens. It and the United Arab Emirates are expected to be a majority vaccinated in about a month.

The United States, meanwhile, is looking at being majority vaccinated in about six months. At least 18.5 million people in the country have received one dose. SOVEREIGNPH

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