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COVID-19 UPDATE: What countries currently have the highest coronavirus counts?

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Jiya Saini
Jiya Saini is a Journalist and Writer at Revyuh.com. She has been working with us since January 2018. After studying at Jamia Millia University, she is fascinated by smart lifestyle and smart living. She covers technology, games, sports and smart living, as well as good experience in press relations. She is also a freelance trainer for macOS and iOS, and In the past, she has worked with various online news magazines in India and Singapore. Email: jiya (at) revyuh (dot) com

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has hit the world over the past year and a half, recovery and immunization strategies have been different across countries. Where are the highest numbers in the world today?

The pandemic left no trace when it traversed the human population, reaching even the most remote and isolated corners of the planet.

Over 180 million confirmed cases have been recorded worldwide, although the actual number is certainly large, might be higher, while about 3.9 million deaths have been recorded as caused by the virus.

Which parts of the world have the lowest numbers?

As the pandemic progressed, countries with the worst numbers have experienced highs and lows.

For a while, the United Kingdom had the highest numbers, then the United States and recently India, among other hard-hit countries.

This is a snapshot of the global picture. All data comes from Johns Hopkins University and Our World of Data.

At present, Brazil has the highest number of new cases in the past 14 days, with 928,533 cases and 24,373 deaths in the past two weeks alone.

Then comes India, which recorded 711,321 cases and 17,556 deaths between June 17 and 30.

Less commonly reported, but also prey to a major wave of the virus is Colombia, with 411,103 cases and 8,984 deaths in the last two weeks.

Argentina registered 271,754 cases with 7,043 deaths during the same period.

Russia is also experiencing a peak, with 260,334 cases in the last couple of weeks, with 7,530 deaths.

In Africa, South Africa has been hardest hit and is now in the midst of a brutal third wave, with 199,660 new cases and 2,424 deaths in the past two weeks.

England has always had the worst figures in the U.K., and the recent period is no different, with 172,515 new cases in the last two weeks and 179 deaths.

Who has the best vaccine rollout?

A number of coronavirus vaccines have been approved by countries or groups of countries, such as the FDA, the European Union and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Of the 193 countries and territories that administer vaccines and issue deployment data, 67 are high-income countries, 101 are middle-income countries, and 25 are low-income countries.

Overall, China and the US gave the most doses, with over 1.1 billion and 322 million respectively, while India has given 314 million to date.

But by breaking it down by doses per 100 people in countries with at least a million inhabitants, the U.A.E., Israel and Bahrain are at the top of the list.

Most countries are giving priority to those over 60, healthcare professionals and clinically vulnerable people.

Certain countries have obtained more doses of vaccines than their populations need.

Other low-income countries rely on a global plan called Covax to ensure that everybody in the world has access to a vaccine.

G7 leaders committed to delivering a billion doses of vaccines to the poorest countries, either directly or through the Covax program.

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