COVID-19 | Top 10 global developments this Monday morning

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Globally over 11.41 million people have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, and more than 6.1 million have recovered, and 533,780 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Here are the top 10 global developments this morning:

1. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Sunday reported 52,228 new coronavirus cases, and said the number of deaths had risen by 271 to 129,576.

2. Brazil registered 26,051 new cases of COVID-19, surpassing the 1.6 million mark on Sunday, the country’s health ministry reported. With 602 new deaths, its total coronavirus death toll stood at 64,867.

3. Amid the surging cases of COVID-19 in Australia’s Victoria state, authorities on Monday announced a border closure between the state and the neighbouring New South Wales. The order will come in effect from Tuesday for an indefinite period.

4. British prime minister Boris Johnson will inject £1.57bn into Britain’s beleaguered arts and heritage sectors in a long-awaited coronavirus rescue package.

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5. Mexican health authorities reported 4,683 confirmed new infections of the novel coronavirus on Sunday, pushing its tally to a total of 256,848, and 273 more deaths to a total of 30,639.

6. Hundreds of scientists say there is evidence that novel coronavirus in smaller particles in the air can infect people and are calling for the World Health Organization (WHO) to revise recommendations, the New York Times reported on Saturday.

7. India has now taken the third spot in the list of nations worst hit by coronavirus. India is now preceded only by Brazil and the US.

8. Saudi Arabia announced health protocols to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus in the 2020 hajj season, banning gatherings and meetings between pilgrims, the state news agency said on Monday.

9. Iran has introduced compulsory face masks in public spaces after the government admitted its efforts to introduce effective voluntary social distancing have failed.

10. Greece has announced it will prohibit Serbian tourists from entering the country as of 6 AM Tuesday. The ban, due to last until at least 15 July, follows a surge in incidents of coronavirus in the Balkan state.

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