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February 1, 2021

GlobalData Epidemiologist Report: Global Covid cases pass 103 million – Portugal suffers new surge citing UK variant

By Paul Dennis

1 February

Globally, the total confirmed cases of Covid-19 have reached over 103 million with more than 2,229,000 deaths and 57,145,000 recoveries.

The US, India, and Brazil remain the three countries with the highest total confirmed cases worldwide, with the UK maintaining its position as fourth worst affected country ahead of Russia.

However, new daily confirmed cases continue to trend downwards within the UK, India and across nearly all states within the US.

Mexico has now overtaken India as the country with the third highest death toll of over 158,000, which trails only Brazil and the United States with reported deaths of over 224,000 and 441,000, respectively.

Concerns rise in Portugal as vacant ICU beds run low, with some patients being shipped to Portuguese islands for care.

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Reportedly, 843 out of 850 ICU beds allocated to Covid-19 are in-use, many by patients suffering with ‘long-Covid’.

The country has recently experienced a surge in new cases following a relaxation of restrictions over the Christmas period, claiming that up to 65% of the new cases observed in the last three weeks are due to the new variant first discovered in the UK.

Ellie Sutcliffe, BSc, Senior Analyst and Associate Epidemiologist at GlobalData

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