Saturday, 22 January, 2022

Global Covid cases surpass 292 million amid Omicron spread

The overall number of global coronavirus cases has surged past 292 million amid rapid surge in infections due to the Omicron variant.

According to Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the total case count mounted to 292,394,085 while the death toll from the virus reached 5,448,778 until Tuesday morning.

The US has recorded 56,149,558 cases so far and more than 827,726 people have died from the virus in the country, the university data shows.

Across the U.S., new Covid-19 cases have tripled in the past two weeks to over 400,000 a day, the highest level on record, amid a rush by many Americans to get tested, reports AP.

Brazil, which has been experiencing a new wave of cases since January last year, registered 22,305,078 cases as of Tuesday and its Covid death toll rose to 619,245.

India's Covid-19 tally rose to 34,958 ,768 on Monday, as 35,886 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours, showed the federal health ministry's latest data.

Besides, 123 deaths due to the pandemic reported since Sunday morning took the total death toll to 481,893.

Meanwhile, a total of 1,700 cases of Omicron variant of coronavirus have been detected across 23 states and Union Territories so far, out of which 639 have recovered or migrated, according to the India’s health ministry's data updated on Monday.

According to WHO’s figures, the number of Covid-19 cases recorded worldwide increased by 11% last week compared with the previous week, with nearly 4.99 million newly reported from Dec. 20-26. New cases in Europe — which accounted for more than half of the total — were up 3% while those in the Americas rose 39% and there was a 7% increase in Africa. The global gain followed a gradual increase since October.