Global Covid cases top 100 million as new strains emerge

Worldwide Covid-19 cases surpassed 100 million on Tuesday as virus mutations continue to raise new concerns, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

The milestone comes less than three months after the world hit 50 million cases and just over a year after the first case was diagnosed in the US.

The US continues to lead the way in registered cases of the coronavirus, with more than 25 million infections. India ranks second with more than 10.5 million cases and Brazil third with nearly nine million, according to John Hopkins.

The 100 million mark comes because countries around the world are struggling to adapt to emerging mutations in the virus, and vaccines have started to roll out in some parts of the world.

The British variant, which spreads easier and faster than others, was discovered worldwide, including in the USA and Canada. There is currently no solid evidence that it causes more serious illness or risk of death, according to the CDC, and current vaccines in the US appear to be effective against the strain.

However, questions remain about the South African variant, which was first seen in early October and has not yet been discovered in the USA.

Moderna announced Monday that it would improve its vaccine after it was shown to be less effective against the South African strain.

The Biden government has promised to vaccinate 50 million people with 2 doses of the vaccine in the first 100 days. And on his second day in office, Biden signed 10 executive orders to expedite vaccinations, expand testing, and reopen schools as he unveiled a detailed plan to fight the pandemic.

Still, the president has warned that the country has a long way to go. “We didn’t get into this mess overnight and it will be months before it turns,” Biden said last week, warning the country that there will likely be over 500,000 deaths in February.

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