COVID-19 | Top 10 global developments this Saturday morning

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At least 19.3 million people around the world have been diagnosed with COVID-19, while the global death toll crossed 719,000. Nearly 11.7 million have recovered.

Here are the top 10 global developments this morning:

1. More than two million people have now been confirmed infected in India, which is the country the third worst hit by COVID-19.

2. The total number of United States coronavirus deaths surged past 160,000 with more than 4.9 million confirmed infections across the country.

3. France has recorded over 2,200 confirmed coronavirus infections, a new daily record since the lockdown was lifted in June.

4. The Australian state of Victoria reported 466 new cases of COVID-19 and 12 deaths, including another man in his 30s.

On Friday, Victoria reported 450 new cases and 11 deaths. That was down from a record 725 infections reported a week earlier.

5. New Zealand said it could have probably hosted the women’s Cricket World Cup next year but supported the decision of the International Cricket Council (ICC) to postpone the event for a year.

6. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the president of Mexico, defended his government’s record fighting the coronavirus and ruled out a change in strategy after the official death toll surged past 50,000.

7. Nearly 600 children were admitted to US hospitals with a rare inflammatory syndrome associated with the novel coronavirus over four months during the peak of the pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a report.

8. Prime Minister Guiseppe Conte’s cabinet approved a stimulus package totalling 25 billion euros ($29bn) to revive an economy battered by the coronavirus crisis.

9. At least 19.3 million people around the world have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

10. Global death toll crossed 719,000. Nearly 11.7 million have recovered.

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