COVID-19 | Top 10 global developments this Wednesday morning

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The number of coronavirus cases recorded around the world has passed 22 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker. Deaths from the virus stand at more than 779,557.

Here are the top 10 global developments this morning:

1. There are six new cases in New Zealand as the country continues to a slight uptick in infections.

2. The Australian state of Victoria, the epicentre of the country’s second wave of infections, recorded 216 new cases in the past 24 hours and 12 deaths, officials said on Wednesday.

3. Meanwhile, Australia’s Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, says it will be compulsory for people to have a Covid-19 vaccine once it is available.

4. Young people are not invincible amid the coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organization warned, adding that COVID-19 is now being spread mainly by people in their 20s, 30s and 40s, who may be unaware they are infected.

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5. South Korea reported 297 new COVID-19 cases — highest daily rise since March — raising the total to 16,058, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC), the news agency Yonhap reports.

6. Argentina confirmed 6,840 new cases of coronavirus and 172 deaths on Tuesday as the country struggles to contain a surge in recent weeks.

7. Lebanese authorities announced a new lockdown and an overnight curfew to rein in a surge in infections.

8. France is preparing to make face masks compulsory in the workplace, the government said on Tuesday as it moved to add open-plan work areas to a growing list of places where people have to cover up to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

9. China reported 17 new coronavirus cases in the mainland for Tuesday, down from 22 the day before, the health authority said.

10. A leading expert on infectious diseases says that an increasingly common mutation of the coronavirus found in Europe, North America and parts of Asia may be more infectious but less deadly than previous versions.

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