Global COVID-19 Cases Surpass 60 Million Infections

Washington: The number of COVID-19 infections globally has surpassed the 60 million mark, according to data from the Johns Hopkins University.

The tally put the total number of confirmed cases at 60,037,735 by Wednesday afternoon, with 1,413,325 deaths.

The United States remains the hardest-hit country, having registered 12,642,245 infections and 260,591 deaths. It accounts for 21.06 percent of the world’s caseload and 18.44 percent of the total death toll.

A total of 11 countries – the US included – have recorded more than 1 million confirmed cases.

In terms of fatalities, only four countries globally, including the US, have reported more than 100,000 COVID-19 related deaths.

The JHU data puts the total number of successful recoveries at 38,442,797.

Global cases topped 40 million on October 19 and hit 50 million on November 8. It took 20 days for the global caseload to jump from 40 million to 50 million, and only 17 days from 50 million to 60 million.