Global COVID-19 toll surpasses 600,000

The death toll from COVID-19 surpassed 600,000 according to the tally by Johns Hopkins University. Global toll is now 601,213.

US deaths from the novel virus exceeded 140,000 on Saturday.

Brazil, the world’s second most affected country after the US on Saturday reported 921 new deaths over the last 24 hours. 78,722 people have died of COVID-19 in the country till the date.

The toll in India rises by 543 to 26,816.

The World Health Organization reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases for the second day in a row, with the total rising by 259,848 in a day.

The number of cases worldwide has hit 14.2 million. More than 7.9 million people have recovered.

The biggest increases reported were from the United States, Brazil, India and South Africa.