Coronavirus: Global COVID-19 cases top 100 million

Global COVID-19 cases top 100 million

Thirteen months after health officials in China first identified the novel coronavirus, the world surpassed 100 million confirmed COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, according to a count from John Hopkins University.

As of Tuesday afternoon, 100,032,461 cases of COVID-19 have been reported globally. About a quarter of those cases were reported in the U.S., the country with the highest number of confirmed coronavirus infections, according to Johns Hopkins.

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Across America, 25.3 million people have contracted COVID-19. In five states -- California, Texas, Florida, New York and Illinois -- case counts have topped 1 million.

India has the second-most COVID-19 cases with 10.6 million reported. The third highest count came from Brazil, where 8.8 million cases have been confirmed.

The world passed the grim milestone 11 days after the global death toll from COVID-19 topped 2 million, according to Johns Hopkins. As of Tuesday afternoon, the death toll was around 2.1 million.

About 20% of those deaths were reported in the U.S., where the death toll stands at about 423,000, according to Johns Hopkins. The country has reported the most coronavirus-related deaths followed by Brazil, with about 218,000 deaths, and India, where about 154,00 have been reported.

Last week, President Joe Biden’s administration shared a national COVID-19 response strategy aimed at mitigating the spread of the virus, boosting vaccinations and restoring trust with the American people. Biden has said he hopes to see America vaccinate 1.5 million people each day and at least 100 million people in his first 100 days in office.