US Covid-19 cases surpass 3.5 million

New York: The number of Covid-19 cases in the US surpassed 3.5 million on Thursday, reaching 3,533,317, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

Meanwhile, the national death toll from the disease rose to 137,846, according to the CSSE, Xinhua reported. New York state remains the hardest-hit with 404,775 cases.

California, Florida and Texas have become the country’s new Covid-19 hotspots with rapid increases in daily new cases. California has reported 355,046 cases, Florida 315,775 cases and Texas 292,336 cases, the tally showed.

States with over 100,000 cases also include New Jersey, Illinois, Arizona, Georgia, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania, the CSSE data showed.

Meanwhile, The Brazilian government reported on Thursday that the country has registered over 2 million cases of the novel coronavirus after 45,403 new cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours, for a total of 2,012,151.

According to the Ministry of Health, 1,322 deaths were recorded in the last 24-hour period, bringing the total to 76,688, Xinhua reported.

The state of Sao Paulo, the most populous in the country, has been the most heavily affected, with 402,048 cases and 19,038 deaths, followed by Rio de Janeiro, with 134,573 cases and 11,849 deaths, and Ceara, with 144,000 cases and 7,127 deaths.

Brazil has seen the world’s second-largest outbreak, after the US, in terms of both the death toll and caseload.