The number of coronavirus cases recorded around the world has climbed to 26.22 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker. Deaths from the virus stand at 867,630. However, over 17.44 million people have been recovered from the virus.
Here are the top 10 global developments this morning:
1. France registered more than 7,000 new coronavirus infections over 24 hours for the second time in two days, the health ministry said on Thursday.
2. Israel has announced a new lockdown affecting 30 areas as it grapples with one of the world’s highest detected per capita infection rates and a death toll nearing 1,000.
3. Thailand has reported its first locally transmitted coronavirus case in 100 days after a prison inmate was confirmed to have COVID-19.
4. Robert Pattinson has tested positive for COVID-19, halting Batman production, US media reports.
5. Brazil has recorded more than 4 million confirmed cases of coronavirus so far, with 43,773 new cases and 834 deaths from the virus in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Thursday.
6. New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Friday that the country’s current restrictions to beat the spread of the coronavirus pandemic would be retained until mid-September.
7. Mexico’s health ministry on Thursday reported 5,937 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infections and 513 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 616,894 cases and 66,329 deaths.
8. The Australian state of Victoria has confirmed 81 new coronavirus cases and 9 deaths in the last 24 hours.
9. South Korean doctors have agreed to end a two-week strike which has hindered efforts to curb a new wave of coronavirus infections, Prime Minister Chung Sye-Kyun said on Friday, after overnight talks over the government’s medical reform plans.
10. India’s COVID-19 tally crossed 39-lakh mark with a single-day spike of 83,341 new cases and 1,096 deaths reported in the last 24 hours.