The total number of deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide has increased to 1,672,826 with the global confirmed cases reaching 75,588,781 as of 9:28 am BJT on Saturday, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
Current status (data as of 10:00 am BJT, December 19):
The outbreak has now claimed the lives of at least 313,246 people in the US, the most of any country. The US also leads the world in the number of confirmed infections with 17,442,180.
India has confirmed a total number of infections to 9,979,447. The death toll grew to 144,789.
Brazil has confirmed a total number of infections to 7,162,978. The death toll grew to 185,650.
Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Russia have increased to 2,764,843 with 49,170 deaths.
It is followed by France with 2,499,465 infections and 60,343 deaths, United Kingdom with 1,982,828 infections and 66,640 deaths, Turkey with 1,982,090 cases and 17,610 deaths, Italy with 1,921,778 cases and 67,894 deaths and Spain with 1,797,236 cases and 48,926 deaths.
Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Argentina have increased to 1,531,374 with 41,672 deaths.