BEIJING – The US-based Johns Hopkins University has reported that the Covid-19 pandemic caseload surpassed the milestone of 27 million on Sunday, with the dead toll over 882,000.
The United States still ranks first in the tally with over 6.27 million infections and a death toll of over 188,940. India surpassed Brazil to become the world’s second-worst-hit country with its total caseload hitting over 4.2 million, and its death toll reached 71,642.
India is passing through the Unlock-4 phase after the pandemic hit the country over seven months ago. Over the past several weeks, its focus has been on ramping up samples testing, which has led to the sudden jump in new COVID-19 cases found every day.
Data from the Indian Council of Medical Research show that 48,831,145 samples had been tested till Saturday, with 1,092,654 samples tested on Saturday alone.
Brazil on Sunday said it registered 447 deaths from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, pushing its death toll to 126,650, while thousands headed to beach and other recreational spots for the September 7 long weekend of Independence Day.
Brazil’s Ministry of Health also reported that 14,521 cases of infection were detected in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases to 4,137,521, ranking the third in the global tally. (Xinhua)