COVID-19 | Top 10 global developments this Saturday morning

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More than 17.4 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the new coronavirus. More than 10.2 million patients have recovered, and at least 677,000 have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.


Here are the top 10 global developments this morning:

1. The number of coronavirus deaths in Mexico rose to 46,688 on Friday, with the Latin American country overtaking the United Kingdom for the world’s third-highest COVID-19 death toll.

The health ministry registered 8,458 new cases, a record for a single day, as well as 688 additional deaths, bringing the total to 424,637 cases and 46,688 fatalities.

2. Costa Rican doctors began giving free coronavirus tests to about 200 Nicaraguan migrants who have been stranded at the two countries’ border for more than a week because the Nicaraguan government has demanded negative test results.

3. Argentina President Alberto Fernandez announced a halt on the easing of lockdown measures due to an increase in new cases and fears the health system could become overwhelmed.

“We will keep things as they are until August 16,” said Fernandez.

4. Wanda Vazquez, the governor of Puerto Rico, extended measures aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus for two more weeks.

That means bars, gyms, marinas and movie theatres across the US territory will stay shuttered until at least August 15. Beaches remain closed on Sundays, and are open the rest of the week only to people doing exercise, including surfers, swimmers and runners.

5. California and Florida, two of the most populous US states, reported record increases in COVID-19 deaths on Friday, according to a Reuters tally.

Florida reported 257 deaths and California 208 fatalities.

6. Vietnam’s health ministry reported 12 new local coronavirus cases linked to the recent outbreak in the tourist hotspot of Danang, taking total infections to 116 since the virus resurfaced last week.

7. China reported a sharp drop in newly confirmed infections in the mainland, logging 45 additional cases in a possible sign that its latest outbreak in Xinjiang may have run its course.

8. Spain reported a second day of 1,000-plus coronavirus infections, the highest since the nation lifted its lockdown in June.

9. Libya’s United Nations-recognised government in Tripoli announced it would impose a full lockdown in areas of the country it controls, after a rise in COVID-19 cases.

10. Fitch Ratings revised the outlook on the US’s AAA rating to negative from stable, citing eroding credit strength, including a growing deficit to finance stimulus to combat fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

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