New York: Over 17.2 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.
The novel coronavirus pandemic has now killed more than 671,000 people worldwide.
As of Friday morning, the overall number of cases stood at 17,237,642, while the fatalities rose to 671,909, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.
The United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 4.4 million diagnosed cases and at least 152,055 deaths.
Brazil reported 57,837 new cases and 1,129 deaths, a day after the nation hit a record number for both. On Wednesday, Brazil, suffering from the worst outbreak after the U.S., reported 69,074 cases and 1,595 deaths.
In terms of cases, India ranks third (1,582,028), and is followed by Russia (832,993), South Africa (482,169), Mexico (416,179), Peru (400,683), Chile (353,536), the UK (303,910), Iran (301,530), Spain (285,430), Pakistan (277,402), Colombia (276,055), Saudi Arabia (274,219), Italy (247,158), Bangladesh (234,889), Turkey (229,891), France (222,469), Germany (209,535), Argentina (185,373), Iraq (121,263), Canada (117,677), Qatar (110,460) and Indonesia (106,336), the CSSE figures showed.