Coronavirus cases exceed 52.6 mn worldwide; US tops 1.40 lakh daily cases

Coronavirus cases exceed 52.6 mn worldwide; US tops 1.40 lakh daily cases

New Delhi (NVI): More than 52.6 million people around the world have been confirmed to have the coronavirus, while the death toll is nearing 12,92,279, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally. Over 34.1 million patients have recovered from the deadly disease globally.

US again confirmed its highest 24 hours total to date – with a world record of 1,43,231 cases confirmed in one day.

With this, the number of coronavirus cases in the US have crossed 10.5 million while the number of fatalities have surpassed 2.42 lakh in the country.

Meanwhile, Brazil’s coronavirus infections have surged past 5.78 million while the number of deaths have exceeded 1,64,000.

New Zealand reopened downtown Auckland on Friday after contact tracing of a new coronavirus case revealed it was linked to a known case from a border isolation facility, reversing an earlier call for people to work from home.

Japan reported 1,660 infections on Thursday – including 393 in Tokyo – beating the previous record set in early August.

Japan’s prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, has said there is no need to declare a second state of emergency after the country recorded a record number of daily coronavirus cases.

Britain hit a new daily high of 33,470 confirmed coronavirus cases on Thursday.

An increase of 10,520 more positive cases were reported on Wednesday and pushed the total number of cases in the UK to nearly 1.3 million.

Portugal announced an expansion of a nightly curfew and weekend lockdown already in place across more than 100 municipalities to a further 77 areas as it scrambles to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Italy recorded 636 Covid-related deaths over the past 24 hours – its highest daily figure since April 6. The number of new infections also rose by more than 5,000 compared with Wednesday – up from 32,961 to 37,978. The northern region of Lombardy remains the hardest-hit area.