Global COVID-19 cases surpass 60 mln: WHO

By Liu Qu

GENEVA, Nov. 26 (Xinhua) -- The number of COVID-19 cases reported worldwide has surpassed 60 million as of Thursday afternoon (17:38 GMT), reaching 60,074,174, with 1,416,292 coronavirus-related deaths, according to the latest figures from the World Health Organization (WHO).

The United States continued to report the highest numbers of confirmed cases and deaths, 12,441,925 and 257,825, respectively. India reported 9,266,705 confirmed cases and 135,223 deaths, and Brazil with 6,118,708 confirmed cases and 170,115 deaths.

Also severely affected were Russia (2,187,990 confirmed cases), France (2,131,376), Spain (1,605,066), the United Kingdom (1,557,011), Italy (1,480,874), Argentina (1,381,795) and Colombia (1,262,494).

The death tolls were the largest in Mexico (102,739 people), the United Kingdom (56,533), Italy (52,028), France (50,259), Iran (46,207), Spain (44,037) and Russia (38,062).

According to the WHO's regional offices, the Americas remains the area most affected by COVID-19, with a total of 25,460,012 confirmed cases and 708,996 deaths, followed by Europe, where 17,766,556 confirmed cases and 395,997 deaths have been reported.

As the world is struggling to contain the pandemic, countries including Germany, France, China, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States are racing to find a vaccine.

According to the website of the World Health Organization, as of Nov. 12, there were 212 COVID-19 candidate vaccines being developed worldwide, and 48 of them were in clinical trials.

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