COVID-19 | Top 10 global developments this Friday morning

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The number of coronavirus cases recorded around the world has climbed to 44.94 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker. Deaths from the virus stand at 1,180,317. However, over 30.23 million people have been recovered from the virus.

Here are the top 10 global developments this morning:

1. France will restrict outdoor movement and make working from home mandatory under new lockdown rules, coming into effect at midnight. People will only be able to leave their own homes for certain essential purposes, The Guardian reported.

2. The world has again seen a record global case rise, with more than 530,000 infections reported in a single day.

3. The World Health Organization (WHO) in Europe on Thursday said nationwide lockdowns should be treated as a “last-resort option” even as it noted that the continent was back at the pandemic’s “epicentre”, AFP reported.

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4. Russia has temporarily stopped vaccinating new volunteers in its COVID-19 vaccine trial due to high demand and a shortage of doses, a representative at the firm running the study said on Thursday, in a setback for Moscow’s ambitious plan to roll out the shot, Reuters reported.

5. Brazil expects to have a vaccine against COVID-19 approved and ready for use in a national inoculation program by June, the head of the country`s health regulator Anvisa, Antonio Barra Torres, said on Thursday.

6. Mainland China reported 25 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, down from 47 a day earlier, the country’s national health authority said on Friday.

7. Spain hit a new record in daily cases, with 23,580 new infections, taking the nation’s tally to 1,136,503, health ministry data showed.

8. Italy registered a record of 26,831 new COVID-19 infections on Thursday, its highest daily increase in coronavirus cases since the beginning of the pandemic.

9. Greece will impose regional lockdowns on its second-largest city of Thessaloniki and two other regions from Friday after a rise in cases of COVID-19, the government said.

10. Sweden registered 2,820 new coronavirus cases, the highest since the start of the pandemic.

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