Coronavirus cases surge past 12.2 million worldwide

New Delhi (NVI): More than 12.2 million people around the world have been diagnosed with coronavirus and more than 5,53,000 have died, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. More than 6.7 million patients have recovered.

In the US, the total number of coronavirus cases have surpassed 3.1 million while the death toll has crossed 1,33,000 in the country.

In Brazil, the number of infected cases due to the deadly contagion exceeded 1.75 million while the number of fatalities are nearing 70,000.

Italy has banned entry to people coming from 13 countries that it said presented an excessive rate of COVID-19 infections.

In addition to this, the first coronavirus case has been confirmed in northwest Syria, aid workers have said.

Hong Kong is all set to announce the suspension of all schools after a spike in locally transmitted coronavirus cases. The city had reported 42 new cases on Thursday, of which 34 were locally transmitted.

Meanwhile, Australia will halve the number of citizens allowed to return home from overseas each week, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said, as authorities struggle to contain a COVID-19 outbreak in the country’s second-largest city. Only 4,000 Australian citizens or permanent residents will be allowed back into the country each day, down from around 8,000 currently.

South Africa recorded its highest one-day case increase since the outbreak began, as the health minister warned people to change their behaviour in the face of a coming coronavirus ‘storm’. The country announced an increase of 13,674 new cases since yesterday.