The Covid-19 world map has taken a new turn since the beginning of the new year. Though there has been no major change in the position of countries worst-affected and least-affected, the number of daily Covid-19 cases has brought a shift with some countries recording very high cases daily compared to others. The total global figure is now over 85 million, while there have been more than 1.9 million deaths worldwide.
Here are the top 10 countries with the most confirmed Covid-19 cases.
The US is at the top of the list, with cases now exceeding the 22 million mark, according to Johns Hopkins University figures. The country recorded more than 235,000 new cases of coronavirus infection, 4,470 deaths and total cases at 24,135,690. The United States on Tuesday announced all air travellers entering the country will need a negative Covid-19 test before departure, as concerns grow over more contagious coronavirus variants. This will come to effect from January 26.
Brazil reported 64,025 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus on Tuesday and 1,110 deaths. Brazil has now registered 8,638,249 cases since the pandemic began, while the official death toll has risen to 204,690, according to ministry data, in the world’s third-worst outbreak outside the United States and India.
The daily number of cases in the United Kingdom is hovering around 45,000, which is a sharp decline from last week’s average number of 65,000 with total cases at 3.47 million. Several states have imposed restrictions on flights coming from the UK in the wake of the new strain of SARS-CoV-2, which is more contagious.
Spain reported 25,438 new infections on Tuesday, bringing the cumulative total up to 2,412,318 while the death toll climbed by 408 to 52,683. The country is witnessing the third wave of Covid-19 at present. Between last Friday and Monday, there were 61,422 confirmed new infections.
The country is recording a daily rise of around 23,000 Covid-19 cases in average. It has also reported the presence of the new more contagious variant. On Tuesday, it registered 22,934 Covid-19 cases and 3,633,952 total cases.
On Monday, France confirmed 15,944 new Covid-19 cases, which was the lowest daily count since January 3. France’s Covid-19 infections on average is increasing by more than 18,000 a day, with total cases at 2,965,117.
On Tuesday, the country reported 12,802 new coronavirus cases and 891 fatalities with total cases at 2,090,098 bringing Germany’s total death toll since the start of the pandemic to 41,577. Germany also recorded its first case of the coronavirus variant sweeping South Africa in a member of a family that returned from a lengthy stay in the country in December.
Italy reported 616 coronavirus-related deaths on Tuesday, up from 448 the day before, the health ministry said, while the daily tally of new infections rose to 14,242 from 12,532 and total cases at 2,414,166.
On Tuesday, India reported 12,584 daily new cases which were the lowest after nearly seven months. Total Covid-19 cases is on the high at 10,610,632
Colombia is reporting an average of 10,000 new cases per day and total cases at 1,939,071.