Coronavirus cases surge past 20.9 million worldwide

New Delhi (NVI): Worldwide coronavirus cases have surpassed 20.9 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University. More than 12.8 million have recovered, and more than 7,55,000 have died.

In the US, the number of infections have crossed 5.2 million while the number of fatalities have climbed past 1,67,000 in the country.

Brazil reported 60,091 new cases of the novel coronavirus and 1,261 deaths by the virus in the past 24 hours. Brazil has registered 3,224,876 cases of the virus since the pandemic began, while the official death toll from COVID-19 has risen to 105,463, according to ministry data.

France reported more than 2,500 new COVID-19 infections for the second day in a row.

President Vladimir Putin says Russia has developed the first vaccine offering “sustainable immunity” against the coronavirus, but the World Health Organization says it does not have enough information to evaluate it.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warns that the coronavirus pandemic not only threatens gains in fighting poverty and building peace, but also risks exacerbating old conflicts and generating new ones.

The World Health Organization said it saw no evidence of coronavirus being spread by food or packaging.

“People should not fear food, or food packaging or processing or delivery of food,” WHO emergencies programme head Mike Ryan told a briefing in Geneva. “There is no evidence that food or the food chain is participating in transmission of this virus. And people should feel comfortable and safe.”