Saturday, 22 January, 2022

Global Covid cases surge past 302 million

Global Covid cases surge past 302 million


Amid the global scare over the rising Omicron cases, the overall number of coronavirus cases has now surged past 302 million.

According to Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the total case count mounted to 302,679,314 while the death toll from the virus reached 5,478,980 Saturday morning.

The US has recorded 59,166,756 cases so far and more than 836,477 people have died from the virus in the country, the university data shows.

Hospitalisations of US children under five with Covid-19 soared in recent weeks to their highest level since the pandemic began, according to government data released Friday on the only age group not yet eligible for the vaccine, reports AP.

The worrisome trend in children too young to be vaccinated underscores the need for older kids and adults to get their shots to help protect those around them, said Dr Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Brazil, which has been experiencing a new wave of cases since January last year, registered 22,328,252 cases as of Friday, while its Covid death toll rose to 619,654.

India's Covid-19 tally rose to 35,226,386 on Friday, as 117,100 new cases were registered in 24 hours across the country, as per the health ministry's latest data.

Besides, 302 more deaths were recorded since Thursday morning, taking the death toll to 483,178.

Situation in Bangladesh

Amid a new surge in the virus, Bangladesh reported another Covid-linked death and 1,146 fresh cases in 24 hours till Friday morning, said the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).