COVID-19 | Top 10 global developments this Thursday morning

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The number of coronavirus cases recorded around the world has now climbed to 31.77 million, while the death toll from the virus reached 975,100, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker. However, over 21.89 million people have been recovered from the virus.

Here are the top 10 global developments this morning:

1. A coronavirus vaccine being developed by Johnson & Johnson started phase-3 clinical trials in the United States on Wednesday, becoming the fourth company to reach this stage.

2. China reported seven new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, down from 10 the day before, the country’s national health authority said on Thursday.

3. Face masks are no longer mandatory on public transport in most of New Zealand as Covid-19 cases continue to drop. From midnight on Wednesday, they are required only in Auckland, the heart of a recent outbreak, and on planes.

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4. French health authorities reported 13,072 new confirmed Covid-19 cases over 24 hours on Wednesday, the daily tally standing above the 13,000 threshold for the third time in six days.

5. The UK recorded 6,178 new coronavirus cases, close to the highest daily figure ever recorded (6,201 on 1 May).

6. Indonesia reported 4,465 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, the country’s biggest daily rise, taking the total number of infections to 257,388.

7. India’s COVID-19 case tally crossed 57 lakh-mark on Thursday after a spike of 86,508 new cases and 1,129 deaths reported in the last 24 hours.

8. Israel is tightening its coronavirus lockdown after an alarming spike in new cases, the cabinet decided on Thursday morning. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has voiced alarm that a surge in infections was pushing the nation to “the edge of the abyss”.

9. Mexico’s confirmed coronavirus caseload rose to 710,049 on Wednesday, according to updated data from the health ministry, along with a reported death toll of 74,949.

10. Canada is already experiencing a second wave of the novel coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a televised address to the nation. “The second wave is not just starting, it is already underway,” Trudeau said on Wednesday, reports ANI.

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