Worldwide Coronavirus Cases Cross 41.04 Million, Death Toll at 1,127,177

Saudi labs can conduct 53,000 COVID-19 tests daily

More than 41.04 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 1,127,177 have died, according to a Reuters tally.

India’s coronavirus infections rose by 55,839, taking its tally to 7.71 million, health ministry data showed on Thursday. Cases in India have dipped since a peak in September, but experts warn that infections could surge as the peak festival season approaches. India has the world’s second highest number of infections after the United States, which has a tally of 8.3 million. Virus deaths in the south Asian nation rose by 702 in the last 24 hours, taking the toll to 116,616, the ministry added.

Russia recorded 290 new deaths from COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing its official death toll to 25,242. Authorities reported 15,971 new coronavirus infections in the previous 24 hours, bringing the nationwide total to 1,463,306, the fourth highest in the world.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany rose by more than 10,000 in a single day for the first time, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Thursday.

The institute recorded 11,287 new cases in its daily update for a total of 392,049.

The previous day’s increase was 7,595. The reported death toll rose by 30 to 9,905, the tally showed.

Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019.