Amid a global scare over the new strain of Covid-19, the overall number of coronavirus cases has surged past 269 million.
According to Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the total case count mounted to 269,110,185 while the death toll from the virus reached 5,294,933 on Saturday morning.
Brazil, which has been experiencing a new wave of cases since January, registered 22,177,059 cases as of Friday, while its Covid death toll rose to 616,457.
India's Covid-19 tally rose to 34,674,643 on Friday as 8,503 new cases were registered in 24 hours across the country, as per the federal health ministry data.
Besides, as many as 624 deaths due to the pandemic were reported since Thursday morning, taking the total death toll to 474,479.
Situation in Bangladesh
Bangladesh logged only one Covid-related death and 269 fresh cases in 24 hours till Friday morning.