Globally, the total confirmed cases of Covid-19 have reached over 156,164,000, with more than 3,258,000 deaths and 104,893,000 recoveries.
The US, Brazil, and India hold the top three spots for total Covid-19 deaths.
However, India reached several grim milestones on Thursday, recording over 412,200 confirmed cases and over 3,900 deaths, its highest numbers to date.
India remains the third highest for total number of vaccine doses administered, but only 2.2% of the country is fully vaccinated.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has designated the B.1.617 coronavirus variant, first identified in India, as a variant of interest.
There is a suggested correlation between the surge in Covid-19 cases in India and the rise of the B.1.617 variant, although the link is not definitive.
According to the CDC, variants of interest may have mutations that would make the virus more transmissible or cause more severe disease.
Shaina Stacy, PhD, MPH, Senior Epidemiologist at GlobalData