More than 12 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the coronavirus disease, also known as COVID-19, and at least 548,896 have died, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
Here are the top global developments this morning:
1. The US has now confirmed more than three million cases of coronavirus. The outbreak is surging in several southern and western hot spots.
2. About 6.5 million patients have recovered. The United States and Brazil have reported the most cases and the highest death tolls.
3. The humanitarian group Oxfam says that as many as 122 million people could go hungry this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, warning that up to 12,000 people could die each day from hunger linked to the social and economic impacts of the disease.
4. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany rose 442 to 197,783, Reuters news agency reported on Thursday, quoting data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases.
5. The Chinese government has announced that it is seeking international cooperation to conduct research projects on drugs, vaccines, test kits, and even traditional Chinese medicine to fight the coronavirus.
6. Turkey is preparing to appoint “observers” at weddings and engagement parties to ensure that social distancing practices are adhered to.
On Wednesday, the total number of infections in Turkey rose to 208,938. The death toll now stands at 5,282.
7. The Trump administration’s decision to withdraw US membership from the World Health Organization (WHO) could have life-threatening consequences for people around the globe, said the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders, or MSF.
8. The number of confirmed virus cases in Gauteng is now over 71,000, or 33 percent of South Africa’s cases. The country has more than 215,000 confirmed cases and is posting some of the world’s highest daily totals of newly reported cases.
9. Chile will begin easing lockdown measures in two southern regions on Monday with 800,000 people able to resume some of their activities and those over age 75 able to go out once a day.
10. The number of people with confirmed infections of the new coronavirus surpassed 300,000 in the South American country, the sixth-highest figure in the world.
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