GlobalData Epidemiologist Report: Global Covid cases pass 112.2 million – Brazil P.2 variant reaches Mexico

24 February 2021 (Last Updated February 24th, 2021 15:04)

24 February

Globally, the total confirmed cases of Covid-19 have reached over 112,229,000, with more than 2,487,000 deaths and 73,706,000 recoveries.

The US, India, and Brazil continue to lead the global Covid-19 confirmed case count and are followed by the UK, Russia, France, Spain, Italy, Turkey, and Germany.

Deaths follow a similar pattern with the US leading the world, followed by Brazil, Mexico, India, the UK, Italy, France, Russia, Germany, and Spain.

In Mexico, samples provided by the University of Guadalajara to Mexico’s Institute for Epidemiological Diagnosis and Reference (InDRE) have confirmed the presence of the Brazilian P.2 variant in Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta.

As a result of this discovery, InDRE has recommended the implementation of a molecular epidemiological surveillance system in SARS-CoV-19 positive samples.

The news comes as the P.2 variant is believed to drastically reduce the body’s ability to neutralize the virus.

Mexico’s Covid-19 deaths continue to climb towards 182,000  having overtaken India for third most deaths worldwide earlier this month.

Walter Gabriel, MPH, Epidemiologist at GlobalData