Coronavirus cases surpass 27.3 million worldwide; death toll nears 9 lakh

New Delhi (NVI): The world’s coronavirus cases have hit 27.3 million, more than 18.1 million people have recovered and more than 8,92,000 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.

In the US, the number of coronavirus infections have surpassed 6.3 million while the death toll has crossed 1,89,000 in the country.

Brazil’s coronavirus cases have climbed past 4.14 million while the number of fatalities are nearing 1,30,000.

Spain has become the first country in Western Europe to register 500,000 coronavirus infections, after a second surge in cases that coincided with schools reopening.

Spain’s Health Ministry data showed a total of 5,25,549 cases, up from 4,98,989 on Friday, and 2,440 infections registered in the last 24 hours.

The number of new, confirmed cases of COVID-19 in France has risen by 4,203 compared with the previous day to stand at a total of 3,28,980, the French health ministry said. The number of deaths also rose by 25 over the last 24 hours to stand at 30,726.

The United Kingdom has recorded 2,948 daily confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to government data published on Monday, down slightly from 2,988 a day earlier.

Turkey has announced strict new measures to fight the novel coronavirus, as the daily infection numbers in the country recently crossed 1,000 and beyond.

Iraq is reopening its land border crossings, restaurants, hotels, and will bring back sporting events without spectators, the prime minister said, three days after it recorded its highest daily increase in coronavirus infections.

World Health Organization (WHO) head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says pandemics are “a fact of life” and that the world must be better prepared to deal with future ones.

-CHK