COVID-19 | Top 10 global developments this Friday morning

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Globally, 10.84 million people have been infected with COVID-19 infections while 520,781 others have succumbed to the disease.

Here are the top 10 global developments this morning:

1. The United States reported 55,220 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, surpassing Wednesday’s record of 52,789, previously the largest single-day total, according to The Washington Post.

2. Brazil cases near 1.5 million as 48,105 new cases confirmed in one day. The death toll in Brazil reached 61,884, according to the country’s health ministry.

3. South Korea reported 63 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, most from domestic infections outside Seoul.

4. Mexico’s coronavirus outbreak rose by a record 6,741 confirmed cases and 679 deaths on Thursday, putting the country’s toll of 29,189 COVID-19 deaths higher than Spains.

5. The British government said Friday it is scrapping a 14-day quarantine rule for arrivals from a number of countries deemed “lower risk” for the coronavirus, including France, Spain, Germany and Italy.

6. China reported five new cases of COVID-19 infection, according to figures released by the National Health Commission. No new death was registered on Friday, leaving the toll at 4,634.

7. Sweden’s number of confirmed COVID-19 crossed the 70,000-mark on Thursday, while deaths rose by 41 to 5,411, health agency statistics showed.

8. The number of deaths in France from COVID-19 has risen by 14 from the previous day to 29,875, the country’s health department said.

9. The Swiss government has published a list of 29 restricted countries including the US, Russia, Brazil and Sweden, from which visitors entering the country must go into isolation.

10. Japan will not reimpose state of emergency, the government spokesperson informed on Friday as COVID-19 cases continued to see a spike in the country.

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