The global death toll from the coronavirus has topped 4.48 million, while over 215 million cases of infection have been detected, according to Baltimore, Maryland’s Johns Hopkins University, which tracks and compiles data from national and local authorities, the media and other sources.
The US is still the most-affected nation amid the pandemic, with over 38 million people infected, and a death toll exceeding 636,000. It is followed by India, which has registered over 32.6 million cases and more than 436,000 deaths, and Brazil, which has confirmed 20.7 million cases and over 578,000 fatalities.
International organisations have called on COVID-19 vaccine-producing and stockpiling nations to share their surplus shots with lower-income countries, as alarming inequity undermines the pandemic response.
Meanwhile, more than 350 million COVID-19 Digital Certificates have been issued in the European Union, meaning that 78.4 percent of the bloc’s total population have the passes, the European Commission said on Friday.