COVID-19 | Top 10 global developments this Thursday morning

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More than 18.7 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the new coronavirus, while the global death toll surpassed 704,000 people. More than 11.2 million have recovered.

Here are the top 10 global developments this morning:

1. Spain reported 1,772 new coronavirus infections, marking the biggest jump since a national lockdown was lifted in June and beating the previous day’s record rise.

2. Facebook and Twitter pulled posts by US President Donald Trump for violating their COVID-19 misinformation rules.

3. Brazil’s top court ordered President Jair Bolsonaro to draw up a plan within 30 days to reduce COVID-19’s threat to the country’s Indigenous people.

4. Hideaki Ohmura, the governor of Japan’s Aichi Prefecture, announced a regional “state of emergency”, urging people to stay home at night and businesses to close altogether or close early to curb the coronavirus.

The measures will continue through August 24, a period that coincides with the Obon holidays, when schools and many companies close, he said.

5. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un directed his government agencies to act immediately to stabilize the livelihoods of residents in a city locked down over coronavirus concerns, state media reported.

North Korea declared an emergency and locked down Kaesong near the inter-Korean border in late July after finding a suspected virus case there. It has not confirmed yet if the person tested positive.

6. The US reported 1,262 more COVID-19 fatalities in the last 24 hours, according to data by the Johns Hopkins University, figures that take its total death toll to 157,930.

It also added 53,158 new infections and remained the worst-hit country in the world, with a total caseload of 4,818,328.

7. Amid fears of widespread coronavirus infections among voters, Sri Lankans will head to the polls on Wednesday to choose a new parliament in an election President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s party is expected to win.

8. The Gambia, mainland Africa’s smallest country, has imposed a three-week curfew after coronavirus cases surged over 60 percent in the last seven days to nearly 800.

9. Former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe has tested positive for the coronavirus, just one day after being placed under house arrest by the Andean country’s Supreme Court.

10. Virginia has launched the first contact tracing app for the coronavirus in the US that uses new technology from Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google.

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