Amid a rapid surge of Covid-19 cases across the globe with the emergence of the Omicron variant, the overall number of coronavirus cases has now surpassed 340 million.
According to Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the total case count mounted to 340,380,182 while the death toll from the virus reached 5,572,881 on Friday morning.
India's Covid-19 tally rose to 38,563,632 on Thursday, including 317,532 new cases registered in 24 hours across the South Asian country, as per the federal health ministry's latest data.
Thursday was the eighth consecutive day when more than 200,000 daily new cases were registered in India this year.
Besides, 493 deaths from the pandemic recorded since Wednesday morning took the total death toll to 488,422.
Brazil, which has been experiencing a new wave of cases since last January, registered 23,588,921 cases as of Thursday, while its Covid death toll rose to 622,251.