COVID-19 Global Figures: Several countries witness second, third wave of infections

As researchers struggle to find an effective vaccine for COVID-19, the number of coronavirus cases continue to rise across the globe, with some regions witnessing second and third waves of the viral infection.

The US tops the list of the countries with the highest number of coronavirus cases, while India occupies the second spot followed by Brazil, Russia, and France. As per Worldometer data, over 88 lakh cases of the novel coronavirus have been reported by the US until now, while India’s tally has crossed the 79 lakh mark.

A third wave of COVID-19 infections is being witnessed in the US, while the first wave is coming to an end in India.

The United States reported 79,852 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, down from the previous day’s record of 84,244 fresh cases. While 60,789 new cases were reported in the country on Sunday, as per Johns Hopkins University data.

France recorded its highest single-day rise in COVID-19 cases for the fourth consecutive day, with 52,010 cases being reported on Sunday. The country is witnessing a second wave of the viral disease and has recorded more than one million infections till date.

Russia is seeing a sharp spike in the number of coronavirus infections and is witnessing a second wave of the viral disease. The country reported 17,347 new Covid-19 cases on Monday, bringing its official number of cases to 1,531,224 and setting a new record for daily infections. A total of 219 people have died in the past 24 hours.

Brazil, on the other hand, is witnessing an uneven trend with cases rising on some days while declining on others. However, overall, the number of COVID-19 cases in the country is seeing a downward trend.

Meanwhile, China, the place where the virus originated, is testing more than 4.7 million people for the novel coronavirus in Xinjiang province, after an asymptomatic COVID-19 case emerged in Kashgar city, as per a statement by the Xinjiang health commission. The statement added that 137 more coronavirus cases have been identified as of Sunday afternoon.

As per reports, researchers are currently testing 48 vaccines on humans, while at least 89 preclinical vaccines are being investigated on animals. Vaccines generally require years of research and testing before being approved for human use, however, efforts are on to produce a safe and effective coronavirus vaccine by 2021.

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