Global coronavirus cases near 37.5 million

New Delhi (NVI): More than 37.4 million people around the world have been diagnosed with COVID-19 while the death toll has crossed 10,75,000, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. More than 25.9 million people have recovered from the disease.

In the US, the number of coronavirus infections have surpassed 7.7 million while the number of fatalities have exceeded 2,14,000 in the country.

Brazil confirmed 290 coronavirus deaths over the last 24 hours and 12,345 new cases, the nation’s health ministry said on Sunday. The South American country has now registered 5,094,979 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 1,50,488 total deaths.

Meanwhile, Italy is preparing new restrictions as daily infections surpassed 5,000 in recent days for the first time since March.

The UK has reported an additional 12,872 infections and 65 deaths – down from 15,166 and 81, respectively.

Israel has opened a new coronavirus treatment centre co-run by the army’s medical corps, as the country deals with one of the world’s highest daily infection rates per capita.

Furthermore, Greece announced 280 new cases of the coronavirus on Sunday, along with 13 deaths – the highest number of daily fatalities recorded in the country since the pandemic began. The country’s total number of cases since the pandemic started stands at 22,358, with 449 deaths.

Iran registered 251 deaths in 24 hours – its highest daily toll. The health ministry said the total number of identified cases had risen above 5,00,000.

Russia suffered its worst day yet for new infections. Moscow reported 13,634 new cases in 24 hours; the worst such figure since the pandemic began.

In addition to this, South Korea confirmed 97 new cases, a modest rise from the daily levels reported last week, just as officials eased social distancing restrictions after concluding that transmissions have slowed after a resurgence in mid-August.

Slovakia will impose stricter coronavirus restrictions from Thursday, including making face masks compulsory in public and limits to public gatherings, the country’s health ministry said on Sunday. The country has reported a sharp increase in coronavirus cases in recent days, recording 19,851 cases, up from 13,139 over the week.

-CHK