Global Covid cases near 116 million

The world is fast approaching the grim milestone of 116 million Covid-19 cases, despite a global vaccination rollout, report agencies.

The total case count reached 115,584,230 while fatalities mounted to 2,568,083 Friday, as per the latest data released by Johns Hopkins University (JHU).

The US remains the world's worst-hit country, with 28,824,499 Covid cases and 520,226 deaths to date, according to the university's tally.

The US death toll crossed 500,000 million on February 22.

In fact, the first known deaths from the virus in the US were reported in early February 2020, both of them in Santa Clara County, California. It took four months to reach the first 100,000 deaths.

The death toll hit 200,000 in September and 300,000 in December. Then it took just over a month to go from 300,000 to 400,000 and about two months to climb from 400,000 to 500,000.

Brazil ranks second worldwide after the United States in terms of deaths from Covid and third in terms of confirmed cases, after the United States and India.

The country has registered 10,793,732 cases and 260,970 deaths so far, as per the data.

Meanwhile, India’s total caseload has reached 11,156,923 with 157,435 fatalities, according to the latest figures.