New York (Web Desk): The worldwide Covid-19 tally hits 10.9 million as the death toll crosses 524,000.
About 6.1 million persons have recovered from the contagion worldwide.
The United States (US) tops both in number of cases and deaths with over 2.8 million cases and more than 131,400 deaths, followed by Brazil with over 1.5 million cases and at least 61,950 deaths.
The US recorded at least 53,000 new Covid-19 cases and 649 deaths in the last 24 hours.
On Thursday, Tokyo confirmed 107 new coronavirus infections, its highest daily tally in two months, but Japan’s chief cabinet secretary said there was no need to reintroduce a state of emergency.
The Japanese capital, with 14 million people, had initially sought to hold new daily cases at fewer than 20 after the government lifted the state of emergency on May 25, only to see its tally consistently exceed 50 over the past week.
Tokyo’s daily count last rose above 100 on May 2. On Wednesday, it confirmed 67 new cases.
Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said about 70% of cases on Thursday were among people in their 20s and 30s.