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    The number of infected worldwide has now surpassed 96,000,000, while the global COVID-19 death toll is over 2 million people, according to Baltimore, Maryland's Johns Hopkins University.

    The worst-hit country is the US, with over 24 million coronavirus cases and the world's highest death toll, 401,000. It is followed by India (10.58 million cases, over 152,500 fatalities) and Brazil (more than 8.5 million cases, at least 211,000 deaths).

    In Europe, the most affected nation is the UK (3.4 million infected, over 90,000 deaths), which faced a mutated strain of the virus. An Oxford University research platform has revealed that the UK currently has the highest daily coronavirus death rate in the world. Britain is now on its third national lockdown, with air travel to other nations suspended.

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