COVID-19 | Top 10 global developments this Sunday morning

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Worldwide, the number of confirmed infections stood at more than 2.88 million people, with some 813,000 recoveries.

Here are the top 10 global developments this Sunday morning-

1. The coronavirus global death toll exceeded the 200,000 threshold, according to a tally by the Johns Hopkins University.

2. The World Health Organization (WHO) warned against countries issuing so-called “immunity passports” to those recovered from COVID-19, saying there is no evidence yet the previously infected cannot be reinfected.

3. In the United Kingdom, an additional 813 people died in hospital after testing positive for the disease caused by the new coronavirus, bringing the country’s total to 20,319.

4. India allowed a limited reopening of shops in neighbourhoods and residential areas, a month after the country of some 1.3 billion people went into lockdown.

5. The city government of Beijing is banning “uncivilised” behaviour such as failing to wear a mask when ill and not covering the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.

6. Health authorities in China are reporting 11 new coronavirus infections in the mainland, five of which involved travellers from overseas. The new figures bring the total number of infections in the mainland to 82,827. The death toll remains at 4,632 people.

7. Saudi Arabia’s King Salman is ordering the partial lifting of a curfew in all regions of the kingdom, except in the city of Mecca and previously quarantined neighbourhoods, according to the official Saudi Press Agency.

8. Health authorities in Mexico are reporting 970 new cases of coronavirus infections and 84 additional deaths. The figures bring the total confirmed cases in the country to 13,842 and the death toll to 1,305.

9. Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rahmon is cancelling sport events and ordering the closure of schools for two weeks. The order is unexpected as Tajikistan is yet to acknowledge any coronavirus infections in the country. Alongside schools, theatres and cinemas are also to be closed.

10. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it recorded 10 new coronavirus cases and no new deaths at the end of Saturday.

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