COVID-19 | Top 10 global developments this Monday morning

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The total number of people to test positive for COVID-19 worldwide has exceeded 10 million, while deaths passed 500,000, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Here are the top 10 global developments this morning:

1. Brazil recorded 30,476 new cases of the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours and 552 additional deaths, the Health Ministry said on Sunday. The nation has now registered 1,344,143 total confirmed cases of the virus and 57,622 deaths.

2. The Australian state of Victoria, which is battling a new coronavirus outbreak, has reported 75 new coronavirus cases overnight, taking the state’s total to 2,099.

3. China has imposed a strict lockdown on nearly half a million people in a province surrounding the capital to contain a fresh cluster, as authorities warn the outbreak is still “severe and complicated”, AFP reported.

4. US health secretary Alex Azar has warned that “the window is closing” on the country’s chance to take action to effectively curb the coronavirus, as the number of confirmed cases surpassed 2.5 million.

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5. Beijing’s city government reported seven new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, down from 14 a day earlier as the Chinese capital seeks to contain an outbreak.

6. Sri Lanka officially lifted its nationwide lockdown on Sunday, after a selective curfew was reimposed a month ago during a surge in coronavirus infections

7. South Korea continues to see cluster outbreaks despite strict social distancing as it recorded 42 new cases in the last 24 hours.

8. The Philippines’ strictly enforced coronavirus lockdown has severely disrupted access to family planning services and could lead to the highest number of births in the country in two decades, it has been warned.

9. Amid increasing infections and fatalities over COVID-19 pandemic, after partial removal of lockdown, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said that wearing face masks in public areas will become mandatory from next week.

10. Mexico has confirmed more than 4,000 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the Covid-19 count in the country to over 216,000.

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