COVID-19 | Top 10 global developments this Friday morning

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1. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases across the globe has surpassed 30 million, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University, with currently 30,071,314 confirmed cases.

2. The World Health Organization (WHO) warned of “alarming rates of transmission” of COVID-19 across Europe and cautioned countries against shortening quarantine periods.

3. The Chinese city of Wuhan, ground zero for the coronavirus outbreak, is re-opening for international flights, ending an eight-month moratorium.

4. Mainland China reported 32 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, marking the highest daily increase in more than a month and up sharply from nine cases reported a day earlier, the Chinese health authority said on Friday.

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5. France registered 10,593 new confirmed coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours, setting a new daily record and pushing the cumulative number to 415,481, the health ministry reported on Thursday.

6. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 1,916 to 267,773, data from the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases showed on Friday.

7. Singapore and Thailand have been removed from the list of countries from which travellers must quarantine when entering England to try to curb the spread of the coronavirus, British transport minister Grant Shapps said on Thursday.

8. US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Thursday bluntly contradicted President Donald Trump’s suggestion that a coronavirus vaccine may be only weeks away, warning Americans they cannot trust the president’s word.

9. India’s COVID-19 case tally crossed 52-lakh mark on Friday with a spike of 96,424 new cases and 1,174 deaths in the last 24 hours.

10. The pandemic could soon be out of control in Canada, the country’s top medical officer has said, following a worrying surge in new infections.

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