COVID-19 | Top 10 global developments this Friday morning

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With the total number of cases crossing 6.8 million globally and the death toll nearing 4 lakh, the world ha witnessed a slew of developments.

Here are the top 10 global developments this Friday morning-

1. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases now stands at 6,635,004, while the death toll has touched 391,179. On a more positive note 2,870,596 people have already recovered from the deadly virus, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker.

2. US reports a total of 1,872,660 cases and 108,211 deaths due to COVID-19.

3. US authorities urge protesters to get tested.

“Protesters in the United States should highly consider getting tested for coronavirus”, said Robert Redfield, director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

4. India joins UK’s global vaccine mission. The United Kingdom on Thursday organised the Global Vaccine Summit 2020, helping secure USD 7.4 billion in funding to support global vaccine supply and immunisation.

The virtual event saw representatives of more than 50 countries – business leaders, UN agencies, civil society, government ministers, Heads of State and country leaders, including Prime Minister Modi – pledge their support to GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, in its commitment to help save up to 8 million lives over the next five years, as per an official release.

5. Right now, there is no COVID-19 vaccine. As we work together to develop one, there’s an important lesson we need to understand. A vaccine, by itself, isn’t enough. We need global solidarity to ensure that every person, everywhere, will have access: UN Secretary-General.

6. UK to make face coverings compulsory on public transport form June 15.

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7. A number of European countries are gearing to up reopen their borders after months of closures due to the pandemic-

– The Czech government will further ease travel restrictions from and to Austria, Germany and Hungary starting on Friday.

– Slovenia will also open its border to Austria starting on Friday, while Croatian and Hungarian citizens are already allowed to travel to the country.

– Germany has said it will drop border restrictions on June 15. Sweden will ease its travel restrictions from June 13.

8. China will promote the resumption of the tourism, culture and sports sectors, a top-level meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang said, state radio reported.

9. China’s aviation authority said that 95 foreign airlines that have suspended services to China can now apply to resume flights, according to the agency’s official newspaper.

10. Iran braces for a potential second wave: Iran marked its highest daily jump since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak with 3,574 coronavirus cases. The figures marked the third consecutive day that the country recorded more than 3,000 daily new infections.

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