New Delhi (NVI): More than 38.4 million people around the world have been diagnosed with COVID-19 while the death toll has crossed 10,91,000, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. More than 26.5 million people have recovered from the disease.
In the US, the number of coronavirus infections have surpassed 7.9 million while the death toll has exceeded 2,16,000 in the country.
Brazil’s covid cases are nearing 5.15 million while the number of fatalities have surged past 1,51,000.
Paris and eight other French cities will be subject to a curfew from Saturday. “We have to act. We need to put a brake on the spread of the virus,” President Emmanuel Macron said.
Germany has recorded its highest daily coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic. It added 6,638 new infections on Thursday, eclipsing the March 28 figure of 6,294. Thursday’s tally showed the reported death toll rose by 33 to 9,710.
The Czech Republic has set a new record for daily Covid cases, recording 9,544 new infections, the highest since the pandemic started, Health Ministry data showed.
China has reported 11 new Covid cases, down from 20 a day earlier, the country’s health authority said on Thursday.
Spain will close bars and restaurants across Catalonia for the next 15 days following a surge in cases, as the country tackles one of the highest rates of infection in Europe, with nearly 9,00,000 cases and more than 33,000 deaths.
World Health Organization’s chief scientist, Soumya Swaminathan, has indicated that young, healthy people may have to wait until 2022 to get a vaccine and, that a despite the many vaccine trials being undertaken, speedy, mass shots were unlikely.