COVID-19 | Top 10 global developments this Sunday morning

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Globally, more than 17.8 million people around the world have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and 685,054 have died, according to data from the Johns Hopkins University’s tracker. However, 10.5 million have recovered from the virus.

Here are the top 10 global developments this morning:

1. China reported 49 cases of the new coronavirus in the mainland on Saturday, up from 45 cases a day earlier, the health commission said on Sunday.

2. South Africa’s confirmed coronavirus infections have surpassed half a million, the health ministry said on Saturday, while cases in Africa as a whole approached a million.

3. The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Saturday warned that the coronavirus pandemic would be lengthy and could lead to “response fatigue”.

4. Donald Trump launched an extraordinary attack on his own top infectious disease expert, Dr Anthony Fauci, arguing against the doctor’s claim that high rates of infection in the US stem from a less aggressive reaction to the virus in terms of economic shutdowns and stay-at-home orders.

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5. Mexico racked up a record number of new confirmed coronavirus infections on Saturday, registering more than 9,000 daily cases for the first time and passing the previous peak for the second day running, official data showed.

6. Israel will resume international flights on August 16, Minister of Transport Miri Regev announced. As the number of Covid-19 patients in critical condition has not increased sharply, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently approved the resumption of international flights, Xinhua news agency reported.

7. Russia is planning a mass vaccination campaign against the novel coronavirus for October, Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said. “We plan wider (vaccination) for October because we need to launch a new system of treatment gradually,” the Minister told TASS News Agency on Saturday.

8. South Korea has reported 30 additional cases of the coronavirus, most of them associated with international arrivals. With the new cases, the national tally surged to 14,366.

9. Despite the rising number of coronavirus cases in Germany, about 17,000 people took to the streets of Berlin rallying against social distancing rules imposed to curb the pandemic.

10. California has become the first US state where the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases has surpassed half a million, according to the California Department of Public Health.

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