Coronavirus cases surge past 27.5 million globally, death toll at 8.97 lakh

New Delhi (NVI): There have been more than 27.5 million cases of coronavirus confirmed around the world, according to Johns Hopkins University, and 8,97,430 people have died. At least 18.4 million people have recovered.

In the US, the number of coronavirus cases have surpassed 6.3 million while the death toll is nearing 1,90,000 in the country.

Brazil recorded 14,279 new confirmed coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, as well as 504 deaths from the disease, the health ministry said. With thi, the country has registered more than 4.1 million cases of the virus since the pandemic began, while the official death toll has risen to 1,27,464.

Canada is seeing a worrying increase in the number of people infected with the coronavirus as schools across the country are starting to reopen. An average of 545 new cases had been reported daily over the last week, up from around 300 in July. Canada has recorded a total of 1,32,142 COVID-19 cases and 9,146 deaths.

The number of new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in France rose by 6,544 over the last 24 hours to reach a total of 3,35,524 cases, as the country battles to avert a second wave of the virus. The number of deaths also climbed by 39 over the last 24 hours to reach a total of 30,764.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a tightening of rules on social gatherings amid concerns over rising infection rates, particularly among young people. More than 41,500 people confirmed to have coronavirus have died in Britain, the worst toll in Europe.

Ireland reported 307 new cases of coronavirus, the highest number of cases reported in one day since mid-May, amid concern that new restrictions could be introduced to the capital, Dublin.

South Africa has reported fewer than 1,000 new coronavirus infections, the lowest daily increase in three months, as health authorities warn that a second wave remains a risk. The country is the hardest-hit in Africa, registering around half of the continent’s more than 1.3 million coronavirus cases.

South African economic output has shrunk 51 percent in the second quarter, as a strict lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus shut down most activity.

China’s President Xi Jinping told a ceremony in Beijing that the country had acted in an “open and transparent” manner concerning the coronavirus.