Global Covid-19 cases surpass 18M

NEW YORK – Global coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases have surpassed 18 million on Sunday, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

The tally now stands at 18,079,136 with 689,370 deaths, the data showed.

The United States has suffered the most from the pandemic, with 4,667,955 cases and 154,841 fatalities, followed by Brazil with 2,733,677 cases and 94,104 deaths, the tally showed.

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

The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India reached 1,803,695 with 38,135 deaths on Monday, according to data from the Ministry of Health.

The chief minister of the southern Indian state of Karnataka, BS Yediyurappa, along with his daughter were hospitalized late Sunday after testing positive for the virus. Union Home Minister Amit Shah also tested positive.

The Indian Council of Medical Research in a statement said 20,202,858 samples in the country were tested for Covid-19 until Sunday. Out of this, 381,027 tests were conducted on Sunday alone.

The highest number of cases were reported from states like Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Delhi. However, India’s recovery rate is continuously improving and now stands at 65.8 percent, according to the Health Ministry.

India has the third highest number of Covid-19 cases in the world after the US and Brazil followed by Russia with 849,277 cases, South Africa (511,485), Mexico (439,046) and Peru (428,850). (Xinhua/Anadolu)