Coronavirus cases surge past 29.8 million worldwide; death toll tops 9.40 lakh

New Delhi (NVI): More than 29.8 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the coronavirus and 9,40,651 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. Some 20.2 million people have recovered.

In the US, the total number of coronavirus infections have surged past 6.63 million while the number of fatalities have crossed 1,96,000 in the country.

Brazil’s coronavirus cases have climbed past 4.4 million while the number of death due to the deadly contagion have exceeded 1,34,000.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 2,194 to 2,65,857 on Thursday. The last time daily cases were over 2,000 was 21 August, and before that, the last time cases were higher than 2,194 was on 24 April.

Ukraine set a daily record with 3,584 new coronavirus infections, the national security council said, up from a figure of 3,144 on September 11. Ukraine has a total of 166,244 cases, with 3,400 deaths and 73,913 recoveries, the council added.

South Africa will reopen its borders to most countries next month, the president said on Wednesday, part of a wider easing of measures announced as figures continue to improve.

China has locked down a city on its border with Myanmar and launched a campaign to test the city’s entire population of more than 200,000 people.

The UN is warning coronavirus could be more widespread in Syria than official data suggests with nearly 90 per cent of cases unable to be traced to a known source. Syria has confirmed 3,618 cases of the virus.

Latin America has started to resume normal social and public life at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic still requires major control interventions, World Health Organization Regional Director Carissa Etienne said. Death rates are climbing in areas of Mexico, and similar trends are seen in Ecuador, Costa Rica and Bolivia, she said.

-CHK