Coronavirus cases surge past 56.8 million worldwide

New Delhi (NVI): More than 56.8 million people around the world have been confirmed to have the coronavirus, while the death toll is nearing 13,59,599, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally. Over 36.5 million patients have recovered from the deadly disease globally.

In the US, the number of coronavirus infections have surpassed 11.7 million while the number of fatalities due to the deadly contagion have crossed 2,52,500.

The US government will extend a ban on non-essential travel at land borders with Canada and Mexico until 21 December. The rules were first introduced in March to stop the virus’ spread, and will be in place for another 20 days. They were due to expire on Saturday.

Brazil’s coronavirus cases have exceeded 5.98 million while the number of deaths have surged past 1,68,000 in the country.

Mexico passed the 1,00,000 mark in Covid-19 deaths on Thursday, becoming only the fourth country — behind the United States, Brazil and India — to do so.

Mainland China reported 17 new Covid-19 cases on November 19, up from 12 a day earlier, the country’s health authority said on Friday.

Meanhwile, Chinese President Xi Jinping is calling for closer international cooperation on making a vaccine for the coronavirus available, as his government announces that the vaccine developed by state-owned pharmaceutical company SinoPharm has been administered to 1m people.

Northern Ireland faces two weeks of tougher lockdown restrictions from the end of next week, as non-essential retail will also close.

Iran’s death toll from the new coronavirus outbreak has risen to 43,418, with 476 deaths in the past 24 hours.

Furthermore, Remdesivir, one of the drugs Donald Trump took when he developed Covid-19, should not be used in hospitals because there is no evidence it works, the World Health Organization (WHO) has advised.