COVID-19 | Top 10 global developments this Saturday morning

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The World Health Organization (WHO) reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases, with the total rising by 284,196 in the past 24 hours.

Here are the top 10 global developments in India this morning:

1. Some 15.7 million people around the world have been diagnosed with COVID-19, while more than 638,000 have died, according to a tally by the Johns Hopkins University. More than 8.98 million people have recovered.

2. India reported more than 49,000 fresh cases of the coronavirus with 740 new deaths, marking the biggest daily surge in infections.

3. France advised its citizens not to travel to the Spanish region of Catalonia in order to help contain the spread of COVID-19.

4. China’s capital, Beijing, reopened movie theaters in parts of the city deemed at low risk of cross-infection.

Under new rules, tickets must be booked in advance, attendance is capped at 30 percent of capacity and no eating or drinking is allowed during the show.

5. South Korea reported 113 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours – its first daily jump above 100 in nearly four months.

6. The US recorded more than 1,000 deaths from COVID-19 for the fourth straight day on Friday but a top White House advisor on the pandemic said she saw signs that the worst could be past in hard-hit southern and western states.

At least 1,019 fatalities due to COVID-19 were confirmed nationwide on Friday, following 1,140 on Thursday, 1,135 on Wednesday and 1,141 on Tuesday. Total cases across the US rose by at least 70,000 to over 4.1 million, according to a tally by the Johns Hopkins University.

7. Chilean President Sebastian Pinera signed into law a plan to allow citizens to withdraw 10 percent of their pensions savings.

The legislation, approved by two-thirds of the parliament, was created to give quick cash to millions of Chileans who lost jobs because of the economic shutdown aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus.

8. The US Supreme Court declined to lift a 50-person limit on religious services adopted by the state of Nevada in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

9. The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced new guidelines that will block new foreign students from entering the country if they plan to take their classes entirely online in the coming school term.

10. The top health agency in the United States issued new guidelines on reopening schools, stressing the need for children to get back into the classroom despite fears about safety as coronavirus cases surge across the country.

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