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    The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide has now surpassed 105 million, while the global death toll from coronavirus stands at over 2.29 million, according to Johns Hopkins University.

    The United States is currently the worst-hit nation, with over 26.8 million confirmed cases and 459,000 fatalities from the coronavirus. India is next in the number of cases (around 10.8 million infected and more than 154,500 fatalities), and Brazil has second-highest death toll (217,000 deaths and 9.3 million infections).

    At the same time, Mexico has the third-highest death toll in the world (164,000), despite it having confirmed less than 2 million cases.

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