Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 top 261.6 million ahead of White House update on omicron variant

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The global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness climbed above 261.6 million on Monday while the death toll exceeded 5.20 million, according to Data collected by Johns Hopkins University, The US continues to lead the world with a total of 48.2 million cases and 776,639 deaths. There are still an average of more than 95,000 deaths a day in the US, According to the New York Times Tracker, However, this number may be lower due to holiday weekends. Cases and hospitalizations are on the rise again. The White House will offer an update on the US response to the Omicron version, the new one emerging from South Africa that has been classified a ‘type of concern’ by the World Health Organization. For now, it’s not clear whether the variant is more transmissible or more lethal than other types, but experts are urging people to get vaccinated first as a form of protection, as well as to follow mitigation measures such as: Wearing a face mask in public and socially distancing. Six cases of the variant have been detected in Scotland and Japan has banned all foreign travellers, The Times reported.
India is second only to the US with 34.6 million cases and has suffered 468,790 deaths. Brazil has the second highest number of deaths at 614,278 and 22 million cases. In Europe, Russia has the highest number of deaths at 268,705, followed by Britain with 145,218 deaths.

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