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March 16, 2021

GlobalData Epidemiologist Report: Global Covid cases exceed 120 million – Egypt braces for increase during Ramadan

By Paul Dennis

16 March

Globally, the total confirmed cases of Covid-19 have reached over 120,338,000, with more than 2,662,000 deaths and 79,126,000 recoveries.

Total global cases topped 120 million yesterday as the US, Brazil, and India continue to lead the world in confirmed Covid-19 cases.

Behind them are Russia, the UK, France, Italy, Spain, Turkey, and Germany.

The US is also in the lead among Covid-19 vaccine doses administered, with over 109,081,000 shots reaching people’s arms.

China has administered the second most vaccines but lags the US after administering over 52,520,000 vaccines to date.

Behind the US and China are India, the UK, Brazil, Turkey, Israel, Germany, Russia, and France.

However, these countries are much further behind the US and China, as India has administered roughly 60% of the number of doses as China.

Egypt’s Presidential Health Advisor has warned that it anticipates Covid-19 cases to increase next month as Ramadan is set to begin and many large family gatherings are expected.

His concern is underscored by an increase in the number of familial infections in Egypt, which may catalyze infection.

To mitigate this concern, the Egyptian Government has stressed adherence to precautionary measures and has already banned communal activities and mass prayers.

This action resembles the country’s night time curfew during last year’s Ramadan to halt the spread of infection.

Walter Gabriel, MPH, Epidemiologist at GlobalData Plc.

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