The number of people infected with the novel coronavirus so far across the world climbed to 33.88 million while the death toll from the disease surged to 1,012,964, according to the Johns Hopkins University. However, 23.55 million people have been recovered from the virus.
Here are the top 10 global developments this morning:
1. The Spanish government has ordered a lockdown in the capital Madrid and surrounding areas badly affected by coronavirus after a rise in cases. Now residents will not be allowed to leave the area unless they have to make an essential journey.
2. Cuba said on Wednesday it was lifting a curfew and partial lockdown in Havana, in place since 1 September to contain a second wave of the new coronavirus, Reuters reported.
3. The UN’s International Labour Organization said Wednesday that at least 34 million jobs have been lost in Latin America due to the coronavirus pandemic.
4. India’s COVID-19 tally crossed 63-lakh mark on Thursday with a spike of 86,821 new cases and 1,181 deaths reported in the last 24 hours.
5. The Italian Senate has been suspended after two members fell ill with COVID-19.
6. In Australia, the state of Victoria has recorded 15 new cases of coronavirus and two more fatalities, bringing the state’s death toll to 800 and the national figure to 888.
7. South Africa will reopen its borders to all African countries from today while barring tourists from around 50 nations with high infection rates, including Britain, France, India, Russia and the US.
8. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 2,503 to 291,722, data from the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases showed on Thursday.
9. France’s new COVID-19 cases increased by more than 10,000 for the first time in three days on Wednesday.
10. Mainland China reported 12 new Covid-19 cases on Sept. 30, down from 19 a day earlier, the country’s health authority reported on Thursday.