Coronavirus cases surge past 37.8 million worldwide

New Delhi (NVI): More than 37.8 million people around the world have been diagnosed with COVID-19 while the death toll has crossed 10,80,000, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. More than 26.2 million people have recovered from the disease.

In the US, the number of coronavirus infections are nearing the 8 million-mark and have surpassed 7.8 million while the number of casualties due to the deadly contagion has crossed 2,15,000 in the country.

Brazil’s covid-19 cases have surged past 5.1 million while the number of deaths have exceeded 1,50,000.

New Zealand recorded its 18th consecutive day of no new cases of Covid-19 spread in the community, health officials said on Tuesday. All 39 active cases of the virus in New Zealand were diagnosed in travelers returning to the country, who remain in quarantine facilities run by the government.

France reported a three-month high in ICU patients. Health authorities said the number of people treated in intensive care units for Covid-19 surpassed the 1,500 threshold on Monday, for the first time since May 27, raising fears of local lockdowns in the country.

For the second day in a row, Iran has announced the highest single-day death toll from the coronavirus, with 272 new victims, as well as its single-day highest count of new cases, with 4,206.

South Korea reported 102 new coronavirus cases as of Monday midnight, marking a triple-digit increase in six days, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said on Tuesday.

Malaysia announced that it will impose some restrictions on movement in its capital city and in the neighbouring state of Selangor from Wednesday, as the country grapples with a fresh surge of cases.

The Czech government will order bars, restaurants and clubs to close from Wednesday until November 3 and shift most schools to distance learning as it puts new measures in place to curb the fast spread of Covid-19 cases in the country.

Johnson & Johnson said on Monday that it has temporarily paused its Covid-19 vaccine candidate clinical trials due to an unexplained illness in a study.

-CHK