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Global Covid cases near 362 million

Global Covid cases near 362 million

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The overall number of Covid infections is fast approaching 362 million, with a spike in cases of the Omicron variant across the world.

According to Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the total case count mounted to 361,864,996 while the death toll from the virus reached 5,625,803 Thursday morning.

The US has recorded 72,909,527 cases so far and 876,060 people have died from the virus in the country, the university data shows.

India's Covid-19 tally rose to 40,085,116 on Wednesday, as 285,914 new cases were registered in 24 hours across the South Asian country, according to the federal health ministry's latest data.

Meanwhile, 665 deaths due to the pandemic reported since Tuesday morning took the total death toll to 491,127.

Brazil, which has been experiencing a new wave of cases since last January, registered 24,560,093 cases as of Wednesday, while its Covid death toll rose to 624,717.