Global Covid cases top 240 million16 October 2021
The overall number of global Covid cases has now surged past 240 million, despite the ongoing mass inoculations in several countries.
According to Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the total Covid case count and fatalities stand at 240,043,461 and 4,889,036, respectively, as of Saturday morning.
The US has recorded 44,884,474 cases and 723,747 fatalities to date, according to the university data.
India's Covid-19 tally rose to 34,037,592 on Friday as 16,862 new confirmed cases were registered in the past 24 hours across the South Asian country, as per the federal health ministry data.
An additional 379 deaths from the pandemic were recorded during this period, taking the total death toll to 451,814.
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.
Brazil has registered 21,627,476 cases so far. The country's Covid death toll has also risen to 602,669 as it has been experiencing a new wave of cases since January.