Global cases of the novel coronavirus topped seven million, as case numbers surge in Brazil and India.
Here are the top 10 global developments this Friday morning-
1. Global cases of the novel coronavirus topped seven million, as case numbers surge in Brazil and India, according to a Reuters tally. About 30 percent of those cases, or two million infections, are in the US. Latin America has the second-largest outbreak, with over 15 percent of cases. Globally, deaths from the novel coronavirus are approaching 400,000. Approximately three million people have recovered.
2. Thailand on Sunday reported eight new coronavirus cases and no new deaths, taking its total to 3,112 infections and 58 deaths since the outbreak began in January.
3. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 301 to 183,979, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Sunday.
4. Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele has for the second time vetoed emergency legislation passed to regulate the Central American country’s coronavirus policy and usher in a gradual reopening of its economy, his legal team said.
5. China will increase international cooperation if it succeeds in developing a novel coronavirus vaccine, the science and technology minister said on Sunday.
6. Brazil has removed from public view months of data on its COVID-19 epidemic, as President Jair Bolsonaro defended delays and changes to official record-keeping of the world’s second-largest coronavirus outbreak.
Brazil reported an additional 904 coronavirus deaths and 27,075 new cases over the last 24 hours, Reuters news agency reported on Sunday quoting the country’s health ministry.
7. South Korea has reported 57 additional cases of the coronavirus, marking a second day in a row that its daily jump is above 50 as authorities struggle to suppress a spike in fresh infections in the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area, the Associated Press news agency reported.
8. China reported six new cases of the novel coronavirus on Sunday, three more than the previous day.
9. Sri Lanka says it will be reopen for international tourists starting August 1 after a “successful containment” of the novel coronavirus.
10. Russia has reported its second-highest one-day death toll from COVID-19 even as the number of new coronavirus infections remained steady.