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Global Covid cases top 232 million

  • Published at 03:51 pm September 28th, 2021
Southeast Asia Covid-19
A family gather to grieve at a grave as gravediggers prepare to bury another Covid-19 victim at a cemetary in Bekasi on July 2, 2021 AFP

The virus has killed at least 4,755,859 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019

The overall number of global Covid cases has now surged past 232 million, despite the ongoing mass inoculations in several countries.

According to Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the total case count and fatalities mounted to 232,306,848 and 4,755,859, respectively, on Tuesday.

The US has recorded 43,116,407 cases to date while more than 690,426 people have died so far from the virus in the country, as per the university data.

With more than 40 million doses of coronavirus vaccines available, US health authorities said they’re confident that there will be enough for both qualified older Americans seeking booster shots and the young children for whom initial vaccines are expected to be approved in the not-too-distant future, reports AP.

The spike in demand — expected following last week’s federal recommendation on booster shots — would be the first significant jump in months.

More than 70 million Americans remain unvaccinated despite the enticement of lottery prizes, free food or gifts and pleas from exhausted healthcare workers as the average number of deaths per day climbed to more than 1,900 in recent weeks.

Brazil which has been experiencing a new wave of cases since January, registered 21,366,395 cases on Monday. Brazil's Covid death toll has also risen to 594,653.

India's Covid-19 tally rose to 33,678,786 on Monday, as 26,041 new cases were registered in 24 hours across the country, as per the federal health ministry data.

Besides, 276 deaths were recorded since Sunday morning, taking the death toll to 447,194.

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