Global Covid cases surpass 196 m
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The overall number of global Covid cases has now surpassed the 196-million mark, as the world continues to battle against the devastating second wave of the pandemic.
According to the US-based Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the total case count mounted to 196,521,631 while the death toll from the virus reached 4,196,442 on Friday morning.
So far, 3,993,341,219 vaccine doses have been administered across the globe.
The Delta variant of Covid-19 has now been detected in 124 territories worldwide, the World Health Organization (WHO) said recently.
The US, which is the world's worst-hit country in terms of both cases and deaths, has so far logged 34,745,035 cases. Besides, 612,105 people have lost their lives in the US to date, as per the JHU data.
Brazil registered 1,366 more Covid-19 fatalities in 24 hours, raising its national death toll to 554,626, the health ministry said on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the total caseload rose to 19,839,369 in the South American country after 48,443 new cases were detected during the period.
Brazil currently has the world's second-highest pandemic death toll after the United States, and the third-largest caseload after the United States and India.
The third worst-hit country, India's Covid-19 case count and fatalities have risen to 31,571,295 and 423,244, respectively.