As the Covid-19 infections spreading fast, its global caseload hit 83.3 million on Friday, according to data released by the Johns Hopkins University (JHU).
The data showed the total caseload reached 83,399,225 with 1,817,531 fatalities as of Friday morning,
In the US, the worst-hit country of the world, the infection tally topped near 20 million (19,967,278) while the death toll climbed to 345,736.
California surpassed 25,000 coronavirus deaths since the start of the pandemic and officials disclosed Thursday that three more cases involving a mutant variant of the virus have been confirmed in San Diego County, reports AP.
The grim developments came as the ongoing surge swamps hospitals and pushes nurses and doctors to the breaking point as they brace for another likely increase after the holidays.
Public health officials continued to plead with residents just hours before the start of 2021 not to gather for New Year's Eve celebrations.
Brazil's Covid-19 cases surpassed 7,675,973 while the death toll from the virus reached 194,949.
Meanwhile, India's Covid-19 tally reached 10,266,674 while the death toll mounted to 148,738 as of Friday morning.