There are 11.7 million confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide and 543,558 have died due to the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Here are the top global developments this morning:
1. The Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro announced on Tuesday that he has tested positive for coronavirus.
2. US President Donald Trump on Tuesday formally started the withdrawal of the United States from the World Health Organisation (WHO), making good on threats to deprive the UN body of its top funding source over its response to the coronavirus.
3. The WHO on Tuesday acknowledged “evidence emerging” of the airborne spread of the novel coronavirus, after a group of scientists urged the global health body to update its guidance on how the respiratory disease passes between people.
4. In Australia, Metropolitan Melbourne will go into stage three lockdown for six weeks from 11.59 pm on Wednesday after the state recorded 191 new cases of coronavirus since Monday.
5. Thousands protested in Serbia as the country reimposed coronavirus curfew. The crowds protested in the city centre over the government’s handling of the crisis, with infections now spiking after Serbia shed its initial lockdown measures two months ago.
6. India reported 482 deaths and 22,752 new COVID-19 positive cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of people infected with coronavirus to 7,42,417. The death toll now stands at 20,642.
7. Britain will Wednesday unveil a mini-budget to kickstart the UK economy, hoping costly infrastructure investment will help build its way out of the crisis caused by the coronavirus outbreak, AFP reported.
8. Italy’s Health Minister has proposed “sectioning” people who refuse hospital treatment for Covid-19 and has suspended flights from Bangladesh.
9. Israel’s public health director, Siegal Sadetzki, has quit amid a spike in new coronavirus cases, saying the country had been too hasty to reopen its economy and had lost its way in dealing with the pandemic.
10. Japanese Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura reiterated on Wednesday there is no need to declare a new state of emergency for the coronavirus despite rising infections, as serious cases remained low.