Global COVID-19 deaths surpassed 990,000 on Saturday, according to the Centre for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.The global death toll rose to 990,738, while there were more than 32.6 million cases worldwide, the CSSE data showed.
Here are the top global developments today:
1.The United States remains the nation’s worst hit by the pandemic, with 7,065,019 cases and 204,249 deaths, making up more than 20 percent of the global death toll.
2. Brazil recorded the world’s second-largest death toll of 140,537.
Countries with over 30,000 fatalities also include Mexico, Britain, Italy, Peru, France and Spain.
3.The death toll from the coronavirus in the Russian capital city of Moscow has reached 5,164, with 18 new fatalities recorded over the past 24 hours, Russia’s COVID-19 response centre said in an update on Saturday.
4.Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s personal physician, Dr Dibya Singh, has been infected with COVID-19. However, there is little risk for Oli to acquire the disease as Dr Singh has not visited the Prime Minister for over two weeks.
5.More than 1,000 New Yorkers have tested positive for COVID-19 in a single day for the first time since June 5 the state has seen a daily number that high. The number of positive tests reported daily in the state has been steadily inching up in recent weeks, possibly because more businesses have been reopening and students have been returning to schools and college campuses.
6.Thousands of maskless demonstrators took to the streets of central London to protest against the government’s expanded anti-coronavirus restrictions, sparking clashes with police. Some in the crowd threw bottles at police, who used their batons against protesters and left some with visible injuries, according to Sky News
7.Thousands of Israelis gathered outside the official residence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday night to demand his resignation, pressing ahead with weeks of protests against the embattled Israeli leader despite a strict new lockdown order. With Israel facing one of the world’s worst coronavirus outbreaks, the tough lockdown rules went into effect Friday, closing many businesses, banning large gatherings and ordering people to stay close to home.
8.Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne, has further eased lockdown restrictions imposed after a surge in coronavirus cases, allowing most children to return to school from next month and sending more than 125,000 people back to work. Melbourne and surrounding parts of rural Victoria state were placed under strict “Level 4” lockdowns on Aug. 2, shuttering schools and non-essential businesses, imposing a nighttime curfew and prohibiting public gatherings. The restrictions were scheduled to be eased Sunday if the rolling 14-day average of new infections was between 30 and 50 cases.
9.China secured the WHO’s backing for the emergency use of coronavirus experimental vaccines as early as in June to protect the people from the pandemic even though the clinical trials had not been completed, Zheng Zhongwei, head of medical science development at the National Health Commission said.
10.WHO chief hails PM Modi’s assurance of India’s vaccine production prowess to help nations fight Covid-19
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