Coronavirus cases exceed 36.4 mn worldwide; record global case rise

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New Delhi (NVI): More than 36.4 million people around the world have been diagnosed with COVID-19 while the death toll has crossed 1,060,000, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. More than 25.3 million people have recovered from the disease.

The World Health Organization reported a record one-day increase in global coronavirus cases on Thursday, with the total rising by 3,38,779 in 24 hours.

The United States has passed another pandemic milestone, with more than 7.6m cases registered since the pandemic outbreak. The US death toll, at more than 2,12,000, accounts for over one in five deaths worldwide, too.

Brazil has registered 27,750 new cases of Covid-19, bringing the total cases to 5,028,444, the health ministry said. Reported deaths rose by 729 to 148,957, the second highest death toll in the world.

Mexico’s health ministry on Thursday reported 5,300 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infection and 370 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 8,04,488 infections and 83,096 deaths.

Meanwhile, Australia reported its second straight day without any Covid-19 deaths on Friday, the longest stretch without any fatalities from the virus in three months. Australian states and territories reported 16 cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, down from 28 on Thursday.

The country’s second most populous state Victoria, the epicentre of Australia’s Covid-19 outbreak, said they now have less than 200 active infections.

Furthermore, Cuban Prime Minister Manuel Marrero said late on Thursday that most of the Caribbean island nation would open to international tourism starting next week as it moved towards a “new normality” after containing its coronavirus outbreak.

Romania suspended flights to and from high-risk countries to stem a sharp rise in new coronavirus infections. Travellers from 49 high-risk countries will need to self-isolate for 10-14 days upon arrival, except those travelling for less than three days, who must have a negative coronavirus test.