COVID-19 | Top 10 global developments this Tuesday morning

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More than 18.17 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the new coronavirus. More than 10.8 million have recovered, and more than 691,000 have died.

Here are the top 10 global developments this morning:

1. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said there might never be a “silver bullet” for the new coronavirus, despite the rush to discover effective vaccines.

2. Latin America broke through five million confirmed cases of COVID-19, a Reuters tally showed, underscoring the region’s position as the area of the world hardest hit by the pandemic. It has already reported more than 200,000 deaths.

3. Brazil has reported that coronavirus cases in the country rose by 16,641 to 2,750,318 while deaths rose by 561 to 94,665.

4. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 879 to 211,281, Reuters reported on Tuesday quoting data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases.

The reported death toll rose by eight to 9,156, the tally showed.

5. Australia’s second-most populous state Victoria said on Tuesday anyone who has contracted COVID-19 and caught outside their home in breach of isolation orders will face fines of nearly A$5,000 ($3,559.00), according to Reuters news agency.

6. The number of new confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Italy has fallen below 200 for the first time in a week, with 159 new cases registered, according to AP news agency quoting the health ministry.

That brings the total number of cases in Italy to 248,229 and deaths to 35,166 as of the end of Monday.

7. Mexico’s health ministry has reported 4,767 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 266 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 443,813 cases and 48,012 deaths, according to Reuters news agency.

8. The South China Morning Post has reported that Hong Kong is planning to build at least two temporary hospitals as part of its response to contain the spread of the coronavirus in the semi-autonomous Chinese city.

The report said that the temporary hospitals could accommodate as many as 2,400 beds. The latest development comes as cases continue to rise over the last few days. The city has reported at least 3,589 cases, with 38 related deaths.

9. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s chief of staff, Army General Walter Souza Braga Netto, has tested positive for COVID-19, his office said on Monday, becoming the seventh Brazilian minister to have contracted the disease.

10. The number of new confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Italy has fallen below 200 for the first time in a week, with 159 new cases registered, according to AP news agency quoting the health ministry.

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