COVID-19 | Top 10 global developments this Monday morning

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The number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide passed 7 million on Monday, with more than 400,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University tracker.

Here are the top 10 global developments this morning:

1. New Zealand has no single active COVID-19 infection, officials said on Monday, after the last remaining patient recovered. That’s after more than two weeks of no new infections.

2.  In the US, New York City will begin opening up on Monday, with hundreds of thousands expected back at work.

3. Most people arriving in the UK will have to quarantine for two weeks from today. Only those coming from Ireland and some essential workers are exempt.

4. Canada has confirmed 722 new coronavirus cases, bringing its total to 95,057. The country has recorded 70 deaths, taking the death toll to 7,773, the Public Health Agency announced.

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5. While daily deaths in Italy – one of Europe’s worst-hit countries – have dropped to 53, new infections in Russia continue to see a steep rise – with almost 9,000 new cases over the past day.

6. The coronavirus pandemic killed 691 people in the United States over the past 24 hours, the lowest number in a week, figures from Johns Hopkins University showed on Sunday.

7. Infections in Saudi Arabia have topped 100,000, the health ministry said on Sunday.

8. Vietnam ratified a free trade agreement with the European Union on Monday that will cut or eliminate 99% of tariffs on goods traded between the Southeast Asian country and the bloc, and provide Vietnam with a much-needed post-pandemic boost, Reuters reported.

9. France coronavirus death toll rose by 13 on Sunday to reach 29,155, while the number of confirmed cases increased by 343 to 153,977.

10. Brazil has registered 37,312 total coronavirus deaths while total cases in the country reached 685,427, according to the health ministry on Sunday.

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