LONDON 18 September 2020: Global coronavirus cases were expected to pass 30 million late Thursday, according to a Reuters/Wam tally, with the pandemic showing no signs of slowing.
According to the census, India was firmly in focus as the latest epicentre, although North and South America combined accounted for almost half of the global cases.
The official number of global coronavirus cases is now more than five times the number of severe influenza illnesses recorded annually, Reuters quoted the World Health Organisation data as showing.
Around the world, there have been almost 1 million deaths, considered a lagging indicator given the two-week incubation period of the virus. That has well exceeded the upper range of 290,000 to 650,000 annual deaths linked to influenza.
Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019.
India’s coronavirus cases jump by daily record of 97,894
India reported another record jump in daily coronavirus infections with 97,894 cases in the last 24 hours, data from the health ministry showed on Thursday.
With 5.12 million cases in all, India is the world’s second-worst affected country, and trails only the United States, which has a caseload of around 6.6 million.
Deaths, which have been relatively low so far, are showing an uptick, and the country has recorded more than 1,000 deaths every day for the last two weeks.
On Thursday, the federal health ministry said 1,132 people died of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, taking total fatalities from the disease to 83,198.