Coronavirus cases surge past 38.8 mn worldwide; death toll nears 1.1 mn

New Delhi (NVI): More than 38.8 million people around the world have been diagnosed with COVID-19 while the death toll has crossed 10,97,000, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. More than 26.8 million people have recovered from the disease.

In the US, the number of coronavirus infections are nearing 8 million meanwhile the death toll has surpassed 2,17,000 in the country.

Brazil’s coronavirus cases have exceeded 5.16 million while the number of fatalities have surged past 1,52,000.

Spain’s cumulative tally of coronavirus infections rose by over 13,300 to 9,21,374 in a slight acceleration from the previous few days, as Catalonia prepared to shut down bars and restaurants in a bid to slow the spread of the virus.

New infections in France set a 24-hour record, rising above 30,000 for the first time since the start of the epidemic. There were a total of 30,621 new Covid-19 infections over the past 24 hours, taking the cumulative number of cases to 8,09,684.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 7,334 to 348,557, the highest one-day tally recorded in Germany over the course of the pandemic so far. The death toll rose by 24 to 9,734, the RKI data showed.

Meanwhile, London is bracing for Tier 2 restrictions from Saturday, which means a ban on separate households mixing indoors, including in pubs and restaurants.

Furthermore, Europe has recorded its highest ever weekly number of new Covid-19 cases, the World Health Organization said, warning that without effective countermeasures daily death rates could reach four or five times their April peak within months.