Global Covid-19 cases top 38.4 million

Washington: The overall number of global coronavirus cases has topped 38.4 million, while the deaths have soared to more than 1,091,240, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

As of Thursday morning, the total number of cases stood at 38,426,373 and the fatalities increased to 1,091,245, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

The US is the worst-hit country with the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 7,911,497 and 216,734, respectively, according to the CSSE.

India comes in second place in terms of cases at 7,239,389, while the country’s death toll soared to 110,586.

The other top 15 countries with the maximum amount of cases are Brazil (5,140,863), Russia (1,332,824), Argentina (931,967), Colombia (930,159), Spain (908,056), Peru (853,974), Mexico (830,502), France (820,376), South Africa (696,414), the UK (657,459), Iran (513,219), Chile (485,372), Iraq (413,215), Bangladesh (382,959), and Italy (372,799), the CSSE figures showed.

Brazil currently accounts for the second highest number of fatalities at 151,747.

The countries with a death toll above 10,000 are Mexico (84,891), the UK (43,245), Italy (36,289), Peru (33,419), Spain (33,413), France (33,058), Iran (29,349), Colombia (28,306), Argentina (24,921), Russia (23,069), South Africa (18,151), Chile (13,415), Ecuador (12,264), Indonesia (12,156), Belgium (10,244) and Iraq (10,021).

Meanwhile, South Korea reported 110 more cases of the Covid-19 as of midnight Wednesday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 24,988.

The daily caseload rose above 100 after recording 84 in the previous day owing to small cluster infections in Seoul and its surrounding Gyeonggi province as well as in the southeastern port city of Busan, Xinhua news agency reported.

Of the new cases, 22 were Seoul residents and six were people residing in Gyeonggi province. Fifty-four came from Busan residents. Fifteen were imported from overseas, lifting the combined figure to 3,470.

One more death was confirmed, leaving the death toll at 439. The total fatality rate stood at 1.76 per cent.

A total of 52 more patients were discharged from quarantine after making full recovery, pulling up the combined number to 23,082. The total recovery rate was 92.37 per cent.