COVID-19 | Top 10 global developments this Wednesday morning

There are 10.43 million confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide and 509,779 deaths.

Here are the top 10 global developments this morning:

1. Record one-day COVID-19 cases increase in the US. It reported 44,358 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, according to The Covid Tracking Project.

2. New Zealand has reported a second consecutive day of no new cases of COVID-19, according to health officials.

3. China reported just three cases of Covid-19 infection on Wednesday, as authorities rallied to prevent the second wave with social restrictions and increasing the number of testing.

4. The United States is not on a European Union “safe list” of destinations for non-essential travel. From Wednesday, the EU will allow travel to 14 countries beyond its borders.

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5. South Korea is considering including religious facilities on the same list with nightclubs, hostess bars and karaoke rooms as “high risk” venues for the spread of Covid-19 following a slew of transmissions tied to church gatherings.

6. The United Nations has called on governments to provide nearly $10 billion in aid for Syria, as the war-torn country’s humanitarian crisis deepens amid the coronavirus pandemic.

7. Brazil has suffered 1,280 more deaths, bringing the country’s confirmed death toll to 59,594, according to Health Ministry data. The total number of confirmed cases rose by 33,846 to reach 1,402,041.

8. The pandemic has taken a much heavier toll on jobs than previously feared, the UN said, warning the situation in the Americas is particularly dire.

9. India has crossed the 5.80 lakh-mark as the country has entered into the Unlock 2.0 phase.

10. The state of New South Wales in Australia on Wednesday announced 14 new coronavirus cases, but all are travellers currently in hotel quarantine, state health minister Brad Hazzard announced.

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