Coronavirus cases surpass 5.4 million worldwide

New Delhi (NVI): The total number of coronavirus cases has surged past 5.4 million globally while the total number of fatalities reported have exceeded 3,45,000, according to John Hopkins University tally.

Brazil reported 15,813 new coronavirus infections over the last 24 hours, taking the country’s total to 3,62,211 with the death toll surpassing 22,000.

Meanwhile, the United States has barred arrivals from Brazil, as the country now has the second-highest number of cases in the world after the US.

In the US, more than 1.64 million people have been infected with the deadly contagion as the death toll nears one lakh in the country.

In another development, children in New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state, will be returning to schools from today, which were locked down due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said that the novel coronavirus could cost up to one million jobs, because many industries considered not essential remain shut.

In addition to this, Chile’s healthcare system is under strain and “very close to the limit”, President Sebastian Pinera said, as the number of confirmed coronavirus infections approached 70,000.