Global Covid cases near 156 million


7th May, 2021 11:12:14 AM printer

Global Covid cases near 156 million

With new variants of Covid-19 spreading faster than ever before in several nations, the global corona cases surpassed 155.6 million on Friday.

In fact, according to Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the total case count and fatalities now stand at 155,650,258 and 3,251,960, respectively.

The US, the world's worst-hit country in terms of cases and deaths, has so far logged 32,603,943 infections and 580,054 fatalities, respectively, as per the JHU data.

The Centers for Disease Control is now reporting an average of about 350,000 new cases each week, 35,000 hospitalisations and over 4,000 deaths, reports AP.

With Covid-19 deaths, hospitalisations and cases plummeting since January, many states and cities are already moving to ease or lift restrictions on restaurants, bars, theaters and other businesses and talking about getting back to something close to normal this summer.

Brazil registered 2,531 more deaths from Covid-19 in 24 hours, raising the country's death toll to 417,176, the Ministry of Health said on Thursday.

Meanwhile, tests detected 73,559 new Covid-19 cases, taking the national tally to 15,009,023.

Brazil has the world's second-highest Covid-19 death toll, after the United States, and the third-largest outbreak, behind the United States and India.

Meanwhile, India has recorded 21,491, 598 cases as of Friday morning, with 234,083 fatalities.

India’s hospitals are packed with Covid-19 patients and the shortage of oxygen is only intensifying the woes of patients and their relatives.

Eleven people with Covid-19 died on Thursday from a sudden oxygen pressure failure at a government university hospital in the southern town of Chengalpet, possibly from a faulty valve, according to Indian media.