Coronavirus cases surge past 36 mn globally, Brazil tally tops 5 mn

New Delhi (NVI): More than 36 million people around the world have been diagnosed with COVID-19 while the death toll has crossed 1,054,000, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. More than 25.1 million people have recovered from the disease.

Brazil surpasses five million coronavirus cases. The health ministry said another 31,553 confirmed cases of Covid-19 had been reported, taking the country’s cumulative total to 5,000,694.

In the US, the number of coronavirus cases have surpassed 7.5 million while the number of fatalities in the country have exceeded 2,11,000.

French health authorities reported 18,746 new confirmed Covid-19 cases over 24 hours, a new all-time daily high, and almost double of Wednesday’s tally of 10,489.

Italy confirms swab tests for travellers from four countries, including the UK, following growing concerns about rising cases across Europe, and makes face masks compulsory outdoors. Swab tests for Covid-19 will be compulsory for people travelling from the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium and the Czech Republic.

All bars, cafes and event halls in Brussels have been told they must shut down for at least a month as of 7am on Thursday as the Belgian capital went beyond recently tightened national restrictions in Belgium.

Scotland’s pubs banned from serving alcohol inside for 16 days. First minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced a nationwide ban on drinking indoors in licensed premises in Scotland for more than two weeks, with a full shutdown of all premises across the central belt where infection rates are accelerating most rapidly

Berlin’s nightlife is facing a closing time for the first time in 70 years as the party-loving German capital seeks to contain spiralling coronavirus infection rates.

Bulgaria reported a daily record of 437 coronavirus cases on Thursday, as the country grapples with a rising number of infections, data from the national information platform on the disease showed. The Balkan country now has 22,743 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 873 deaths.