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Global Covid cases top 323m

Published : 15 Jan 2022 10:33 PM | Updated : 16 Jan 2022 03:19 PM

The overall number of Covid cases has now surpassed 323 million, with a spike in cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus across the world.

According to Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the total case count mounted to 323,140,074 while the death toll from the virus reached 5,528,794 Saturday morning.

The US has recorded 64,897,237 cases so far and 849,172 people have died from the virus in the country, the university data shows.

India reported 264,202 new Covid-19 cases Friday, as the tally rose to 36,582,129 in 24 hours, as per the federal health ministry's latest data. Besides, 315 fatalities due to the pandemic since Thursday morning took the total death toll to 485,350.

Brazil, which has been experiencing a new wave of cases since last January, registered 22,933,289 cases as of Friday while its Covid death toll rose to 621,063.