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Global Covid-19 cases surpass 19 million

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Global Covid-19 cases surpass 19 million

The officially confirmed coronavirus (Covid-19) cases surpassed 19 million, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

With the global case count reaching 19,007,938, a total of 713,406 people worldwide have died from the disease as of 7:35 am Bangladesh time, the CSSE data showed.

The United States has suffered the most from the pandemic, with 4,881,974 cases and 160,090 fatalities. It is followed by Brazil with 2,912,212 cases and 98,493 deaths, the tally showed.

Countries with more than 400,000 cases also include India, Russia, South Africa, Mexico and Peru, according to the center, reports Xinhua.

Meanwhile, India’s confirmed coronavirus cases crossed two million while the death tally stood at 41,000 as of Friday.

In 24 hours, the country recorded 62,538 cases, raising the nation's total cases to 2,027,074, the health authorities said. During this time, 886 people died, bringing the tally to 41,585.

India has the third-highest caseload in the world after the US and Brazil though India's health ministry also reported recoveries as a share of total cases are also growing.

The caseload in the world's second-most populous country has quickly expanded since the government began lifting a months-long lockdown hoping to jumpstart the economy.

India launched two of the world's dozen and a half prospective vaccines into human trials, with vaccine-maker Zydus Cadila announcing it had completed phase one trials of its DNA-based vaccine on Thursday, reports AP.

The world's largest vaccine-maker, the Serum Institute in the central city of Pune, has ramped up capacity to manufacture as many as a billion doses of a vaccine in development by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford, which is in phase two trials in India and England, and phase three trials in Brazil and South Africa.


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