Over 11.24 million people have been diagnosed with the coronavirus across the world. However, more than six million people have recovered. The number of deaths due to COVID-19 climbed to 530,137, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Here are the top 10 global developments this morning:
1. The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday that it was discontinuing its trials of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and combination HIV drug lopinavir/ritonavir for patients in hospital with COVID-19 after they failed to reduce mortality.
2. Mexico’s death toll from the new coronavirus rose to 30,366 on Saturday, becoming the country with the fifth-highest number of fatalities in the global pandemic, according to Johns Hopkins university figures.
3. US President Donald Trump said America is getting close to fighting its way out of this “terrible plague from China” during an Independence Day message, even as a surge in coronavirus cases was recorded.
4. India reported 613 deaths and the highest single-day spike of 24,850 new COVID-19 positive cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of people infected with coronavirus to 6,73,165. The death toll now stands at 19,268.
5. Brazil recorded 37,923 new confirmed coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours as well as 1,091 deaths.
6. Three new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in New Zealand, all involving people who have returned from abroad and who are staying in quarantine facilities. In total, 1,183 cases have been detected in the country, including 21 active cases.
7. A strict lockdown has begun across nine tower blocks in Melbourne (Australia), as authorities try to contain a rise in cases in the city.
8. The Philippines recorded a record 7,027 new infections this week, pushing the overall tally in the country to 41,830.
9. In Israel, 1,008 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 on Saturday, taking the number of active cases in the country to 10,060.
10. People across England have had their first night out in three months after coronavirus restrictions eased. Hospitality venues such as pubs and restaurants as well as hairdressers, cinemas and theme parks reopened with strict social distancing rules.