Coronavirus | Worldwide COVID-19 death toll tops a staggering 3 million

Medical workers perform coronavirus tests in Bangkok Thailand     AFP

The number of COVID-19 deaths in this country is also tragically holding steady at around 1,000 a day for the last several weeks.

A plea has been moved in the Supreme Court seeking direction to provide Covid-19 vaccine to people in the age group of 18 and above, citing exponential rise in Covid cases in the country. Brazil is third by cases at 13.8 million and second with a death toll of 368,749.

"Vaccines must be available to everyone, everywhere, rich and poor to overcome this bad pandemic", Regmi added.

In January of this year, when the world was on the brink of two million deaths, vaccination began in Europe and America.

With 234,692 new infections reported on Saturday, India has close to three times the daily cases of the US.

A man is vaccinated in a remote area of Moju Para state Brazil     AFP
A man is vaccinated in a remote area of Moju Para state Brazil AFP

In Japan, rising virus cases have stoked speculation that the Olympic Games - postponed a year ago due to the pandemic - could be cancelled.

The virus continues to impact events elsewhere in the world. The public has been asked to stay away because of the pandemic. Johns Hopkins reports the US has 31.5 million of the world's 140 million cases, followed by India with 14.5 million cases and Brazil with 13.8 million. By then, more than 140,000 people had received the jab.

Expressing "cautious optimism", Prime Minister Mario Draghi said his government was taking a "calculated risk".

The petition, filed by advocate Rashmi Singh through advocate M.R. Shamshad, said if a larger number of young and working population is vaccinated, the number of cases will be much lower in comparison with the present-day situation, and the spread of the viral infection would be contained to a huge extent.


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