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Global Covid cases nears 271 million

Global Covid cases nears 271 million

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The overall number of global Covid cases is fast approaching 271 million amid the spread of the Omicron variant in several western countries.

According to Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the total case count mounted to 270,126,616 while the death toll from the virus reached 5,311,561 Tuesday morning.

The US has recorded 50,118,307 cases so far and more than 798,697 people have died from the virus in the country, the university data shows.

Brazil, which has been experiencing a new wave of cases since January, registered 22,191,949 cases as of Tuesday, while its Covid death toll rose to 616,980.

India has registered 7,350 new cases of Covid-19 during a 24 hours period, bringing the total caseload to 34,703,508, as per the health ministry figures released Monday.

The ministry also reported 202 more deaths during the same period, taking the total death toll to 475,640.

Three new cases of Omicron were reported in India on Monday -- two in Maharashtra (one each in Latur and Pune) and one in Gujarat’s Surat – taking the total tally of the new Covid variant in the country to 41.

Meanwhile, the UK reported the first death of a patient infected with Omicron on Monday. Long lines formed Monday at vaccination centres across England as people heeded the government’s call for all adults to get booster shots to protect themselves against the variant.

The UK, as of Tuesday morning, logged 10,935,244 Covid-19 cases, while the fatalities mounted to 146,935.