Coronavirus cases surge past 54.9 million worldwide

New Delhi (NVI): More than 54.9 million people around the world have been confirmed to have the coronavirus, while the death toll is nearing 13,26,768, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally. Over 35.2 million patients have recovered from the deadly disease globally.

In the US, the number of coronavirus infections have surpassed 11.2 million while the number of fatalities due to the deadly contagion have crossed 2,47,000.

Brazil’s coronavirus cases have exceeded 5.8 million while the number of deaths have surged past 1,66,000 in the country.

Meanwhile, daily coronavirus infections in India fell to their lowest since mid-July, with 29,163 new cases reported for the last 24 hours, taking the total to 8.87 million, the health ministry said on Tuesday.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 14,419 to 8,15,746. The reported death toll rose by 267 to 12,814, the tally showed.

South Africa on Monday recorded 1,245 new coronavirus cases and 73 further deaths. The caseload stands at 7,52,269, while 20,314 people have died.

South Korea will impose stricter social distancing rules for the greater Seoul area a month after easing them, officials said on Tuesday, warning of an even bigger crisis if anti-Covid-19 efforts fail to dampen a spike in new cases.

The tougher restrictions came as the daily case tally hovered above 200 for a fourth consecutive day, with a series of cluster outbreaks emerging from offices, medical facilities and small gatherings in Seoul and surrounding regions where around half of the country’s 52 million population live.

In a positive update, the Australian state of Victoria has recorded its 18th day without a new coronavirus case or death.

-CHK