Coronavirus cases surpass 26.5 million globally

New Delhi (NVI): More than 26.5 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, and over 872,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

At least 17.6 million patients have been cured and recovered worldwide.

Brazil, the second most affected country from COVID-19 after the US, recorded 51,194 cases within 24-hours and surpassed 4.09 million mark. The country’s death toll stands at 1,25,502.

In the US, the total number of cases stand around 6.19 million while more than 1,87,200 people have lost their lives due to the deadly virus.

South Korea recorded 168 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, posting the lowest daily tally in three weeks after imposing stricter social distancing rules to contain a second wave of infections.

With this, the total number of cases rose to 21,010, with 333 deaths in the country, according to the the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong has tested about 656,000 people, almost 10 per cent of its population, with a government program to provide tests to everyone so far finding eight new cases.

In another development, Mozambique will next week lift the state of emergency imposed in April to try to limit the spread of coronavirus. The total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Mozambique stood at 4,265 including 26 deaths, much lower than neighbouring South Africa, which has topped 6,35,000 infections.

Apart from this, the World Health Organization (WHO) Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan in a media brefing said, the first doses of a vaccine against COVID-19 will probably start becoming available in the second or third quarter of next year.

-RJV