Global Covid-19 cases exceed 250 million

This grim milestone comes about one year and eight months since the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a pandemic in March 2020.The first 50 million cases were reported during the first eight months, a full year ago, the November 7, 2020. and about 50 million new cases have been reported every three months since then.

Globally, more than 5 million people have died from Covid-19, JHU data shows.

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The United States accounts for roughly one in five Covid-19 cases, with nearly 46.5 million total cases reported.

India, with 34.4 million total cases, represents another 14% of global cases, and Brazil represents another 9% of the world total with 22.9 million cases.

Together, those three countries, the US, India and Brazil, account for more than 40% of all reported cases.

Some research has suggested that actual case counts are much higher than officially reported. For example, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that there were four times as many infections as reported in the United States between February 2020 and May 2021.

However, trends in reported cases globally show that average daily cases have remained well below their peak since late April, even after a summer peak.

Roughly 450,000 new Covid-19 cases were added to the global total each day for the past week, according to JHU data, compared with a peak of 826,000 average daily cases on April 25. Global cases have increased again in the last month or so.

Globally, about 4 billion people have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, and about 3.1 billion people are fully vaccinated, according to Our World in Data.

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