COVID-19 | Top 10 global developments this Saturday morning

More than 12.5 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the coronavirus disease, known as COVID-19, and more than 559,000 have died, according to a tally by the Johns Hopkins University. More than 6.8 million patients have recovered.

Here are the top global developments this morning:

1. The World Health Organization (WHO) reported a record daily increase in global coronavirus cases, with the total rising by 228,102 in 24 hours.

2. Iraqi legislator Ghida Kambash died after contracting the novel coronavirus, becoming the first member of Iraq’s parliament to succumb to the virus as its spreads across the country.

3. Australia’s second most-populous state reported one of its highest daily increases in new coronavirus infections as it began its first weekend under a six-week lockdown.

Victoria state recorded 216 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, down from a record 288 cases the previous day.

4. Dr Michael Ryan, the WHO’s emergencies chief, said the agency believes an unexplained pneumonia outbreak in Kazakhstan is likely due to the coronavirus.

“We’re looking at the actual testing and the quality of testing to make sure that there haven’t been false negative tests for some of those other pneumonias that are provisionally tested negative”, Ryan said.

5. Andrew Bromberg, the US ambassador to the United Nations, said Washington welcomed the WHO’s probe into the origins of the novel coronavirus in China.

“We view the scientific investigation as a necessary step to having a complete and transparent understanding of how this virus has spread throughout the world,” he told reporters.

6. Brazil exceeded 70,000 coronavirus deaths on Friday, the health ministry said, though the number of daily fatalities appears to be stabilizing.

The ministry said there had been 45,000 new infections and 1,200 deaths over the last 24 hours, taking the totals to 1.8 million cases and 70,400 deaths.

7. The US state of California will release up to 8,000 inmates early from state prisons to slow the spread of COVID-19 inside facilities, state authorities said.

Prisoners with a year or less left to serve will be eligible for release. Among prisoners excluded from early release are those convicted of violent felonies and sex crimes, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said.

8. California Governor Gavin Newsom said on Thursday that nearly 2,400 people in California’s 35 prisons have tested positive for the coronavirus, including 1,314 at San Quentin State Prison north of San Francisco.

9. More than 12.5 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the coronavirus disease, known as COVID-19.

10. More than 559,000 have died, according to a tally by the Johns Hopkins University. More than 6.8 million patients have recovered.

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