COVID-19 | Top 10 global developments this Tuesday morning

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More than 11.4 million people around the world have been diagnosed with coronavirus and 538, 238 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. Nearly 6.2 million have recovered from the disease.

Here are the top 10 global developments this morning: 

1. The United States passed another grim coronavirus milestone as the death toll from the virus climbed past 130,000, according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.

2. India reports more than 23,000 new cases of coronavirus, overtaking Russia to become the country with the third-highest number of coronavirus cases in the world.

3. Officials in Texas warn hospitals in the US state will soon be overwhelmed if cases continue to surge.

Hospitals are rapidly approaching capacity in Florida and Texas, and the Miami area has closed restaurants again because of the surging coronavirus.

4. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Monday he had undergone another coronavirus test, after local media reported he had symptoms associated with the COVID-19 respiratory disease, including a fever.

Bolsonaro told supporters outside the presidential palace that he had just been tested for the virus, adding that an examination had shown his lungs “clean”.

5. US President Donald Trump said that schools must open in the fall, as governors struggle with a steady nationwide increase in coronavirus infections and states reverse and pause attempts to reopen.

6. The number of deaths in France from the new coronavirus has risen by 27 since Friday to 29,920, the country’s health department said.

The number of people in intensive care units fell by 12 to 548, continuing a downtrend over recent weeks, the ministry said.

7. The NHL announced nine additional players have tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the leaguewide total to 35.

There were eight positive tests among players reporting to team training facilities for voluntary workouts in Phase 2 of the league’s return-to-play plan.

8. João Doria, governor of Brazil’s richest and most populous state São Paulo, said that trials of a new potential vaccine against COVID-19, developed by China’s SinoVac, will start on July 20.

The trials, to be done in partnership with the Instituto Butantan, will involve 9,000 volunteers spread across 12 research centers located in Sao Paulo and four other states as well as the federal district Brasília.

9. Israel reimposed a series of restrictions to fight a spike in coronavirus infections, including the immediate closure of bars, gyms and event halls.

In public remarks at a special cabinet session on the health crisis, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel had to reverse course to avoid a wider lockdown that could paralyse its economy, where unemployment is just above 20 percent.

10. The number of coronavirus cases in Qatar has exceeded 100,000, adding 546 new cases and five deaths in the past 24 hours.

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