Amid a global scare over the new strain of Covid-19, the overall number of coronavirus cases has now surged past 277 million.
According to Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the total case count mounted to 277,11,912 while the death toll from the virus reached 5,376,422 Thursday morning.
Brazil, which has been experiencing a new wave of cases since January, registered 22,222,928 cases as of Wednesday, while its Covid death toll rose to 618,091.
India's Covid-19 tally rose to 34,758,481 on Wednesday, as 6,317 new cases were registered in 24 hours across the country, as per the federal health ministry data.
Besides, 318 deaths from the pandemic have been reported since Tuesday morning, taking the total death toll to 478,325.