The global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 260 million on Friday while the death toll topped 5.18 million, according to Data collected by Johns Hopkins University, The US continues to lead the world with a total of 48.1 million cases and 775,797 deaths. There are still an average of more than 1,000 deaths a day in the US, According to the New York Times Tracker, And cases and hospitalizations are rising again. Health Minister Joe Fahla announced on Thursday that a new coronavirus variant has been detected in South Africa, which scientists say is the result of a high number of mutations in the country’s most populous province, Gauteng, and the Associated Press reports. The rapid spread among young people is a cause of concern. Currently identified as B.1.1.529, the new variant has been detected in South African travelers in Botswana and Hong Kong, he said. Now the UK government has banned flights from South Africa and five other southern African countries and will ask anyone who recently arrived from them to be tested, as scientists work to determine if the new version of the current Whether or not resistant to vaccines. The World Health Organization’s technical working group is due to meet on Friday to assess the new version and may decide whether to name it from the Greek alphabet. India is second only to the US with 34.6 million cases and has suffered 467,468 deaths. Brazil has the second highest number of deaths at 613,642 and 22 million cases. In Europe, Russia has the highest number of deaths at 265,134, followed by the UK with 144,876 deaths.