COVID-19 | Top 10 global developments this Thursday morning

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More than 14.9 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, nearly 8.5 million have recovered, and nearly 616,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Here are the top 10 global developments this morning:

1. Death toll from the virus is nearing 618,000, with recoveries topping 8.5 million according to data by Johns Hopkins University.

2. Worrying trends of coronavirus infection are emerging in southern Europe and in the Balkan region, Mike Ryan, head of the World Health Organization’s emergencies programme, has said. “We’re not out of the woods just yet in the European environment. It requires sustained vigilance,” he added.

3. Almost a quarter of people in New Delhi have had the coronavirus, according to a study that cast serious doubt on the official numbers both in the megacity and across India.

4. Any fans attending games during the upcoming National Football League season in the United States will be required to wear face masks, the league confirmed on Wednesday.

5. Bolivia’s plan to hold elections in September, seen as a key to stabilising its democracy after a year of political tumult, is increasingly in doubt amid rising coronavirus deaths, including grim reports about police in two cities finding the bodies of suspected victims of COVID-19.

6. France has recorded 998 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, according to the latest health ministry data.

The number of confirmed cases now stands at 178,336, the ministry said. The number of people in hospitals with the virus was down to 6,366 from 6,482 a day earlier, and the number in intensive care was down to 445 from 455 a day earlier, the figures showed.

7. Egypt has extended the operating hours of cafes and restaurants from 10:00 PM to midnight while allowing them to operate at 50 percent capacity starting July 26, the cabinet said in a statement.

The operating hours of stores, including malls, were also extended until 10:00 PM, the statement said.

8. With coronavirus cases rising, Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said Wednesday that she will issue an executive order making face masks mandatory outside the home – an unprecedented step in the nation’s capital.

9. Female leaders are doing a better job handling the coronavirus crisis, European Central Bank chief Christine Lagarde said in an online interview with The Washington Post, praising them for their honest communication and for showing they cared.

10. The US remains the worst-hit country with more than 3.91 million infections, while the death toll in the country stands at 142,350. The country registered more than 1.18 million recoveries to date.

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