Washington: The global COVID-19 caseload has crossed the grim milestone of 148.3 million as the world is grappling to contain the second outbreak of COVID-19 even with mass inoculations underway, according to the Johns Hopkins University database.
Meanwhile, the number of confirmed virus-related death has surged to more than 3.13 million.
In its latest update on Wednesday morning, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood at 148,327,443 and 3,131,250, respectively.
The US continues to be the worst-hit country with the world's highest number of cases and deaths at 32,173,059 and 573,355, respectively, according to the CSSE.
In terms of infections, India follows in the second place with 17,636,307 cases.
The other countries with more than two million confirmed coronavirus cases are Brazil (14,441,563), France (5,595,403), Russia (4,725,252), Turkey (4,710,582), the UK (4,425,254), Italy (3,981,512), Spain (3,496,134), Germany (3,324,973), Argentina (2,905,172), Colombia (2,804,881), Poland (2,768,034), Iran (2,438,193) and Mexico (2,333,126), the CSSE figures showed.
In terms of deaths, Brazil comes second with 395,022 fatalities.
Nations with a death toll of over 50,000 are Mexico (215,547), India (197,894), the UK (127,705), Italy (119,912), Russia (107,167), France (103,762), Germany (82,116), Spain (77,855), Colombia (72,235), Iran (70,532), Poland (65,897), Argentina (62,599), Peru (60,013) and South Africa (54,237).
(with inputs from IANS)