Thursday, 18 August, 2022

Global Covid cases top 568 million

Global Covid cases top 568 million
Commuters wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walk to work in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, July 18, 2022, (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

The overall number of Covid cases has now surged past 568 million amid a rise in new infections in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

According to the latest global data, the total case count mounted to 568,579,567 and the death toll reached 6,389,451 Tuesday morning.

The US has recorded 91,429,409 cases so far and 1,049,274 people have died from the virus in the country, the data shows.

India recorded 11,371 cases of Covid in 24 hours, taking the total tally to 43,779,265 in the country, according to the health ministry data released on Monday.

The country also logged 51 Covid-related deaths during this period, pushing the overall death toll to 525,760 since the beginning of the pandemic, the ministry said.

The detection of a more contagious Omicron mutant, BA.2.75, which is gaining ground in India, has worried health officials. They feared that the new mutant may be able to spread rapidly.

The Indian government has focused on promoting booster doses as the uptake for the third dose has been low. The drive to provide free booster doses of Covid vaccine to all adults at government centres began on Friday.