Over 40 million infected with COVID-19 globally

2020-10-18 at 16:23

The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus has surged past the 40 million mark globally.

Over 1.1 million people have died from the virus, while almost 30 million people have recovered.

The US is the hardest-hit country, followed by India and Brazil.

India added 61,871 new confirmed cases in the past 24 hours, raising its total to almost 7.5 million.

The Indian Health Ministry also registered 1,033 new fatalities, taking the death toll to 114,031.

The country is continuing a downward trend in new cases, but virus-related fatalities jumped after recording the lowest daily figure of 680 in nearly three months on Friday.