COVID-19 | Top 10 global developments this Tuesday morning

1. The number of coronavirus cases recorded around the world has climbed to 43.44 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker. Deaths from the virus stand at 1,158,883. However, over 29.13 million people have been recovered from the virus.

2. The World Health Organization chief warned Monday that abandoning efforts to control the coronavirus pandemic, as suggested by a top US official, was “dangerous”, urging countries not to “give up”, AFP reported.

3. Mexico’s health ministry reported on Monday 4,166 additional cases of the novel coronavirus and 247 more deaths in the country, bringing the official number of cases to 895,326 and the death toll to 89,171.

4. Mainland China reported 16 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Monday, down from 20 a day earlier, the country’s health authorities said on Tuesday. The number of new asymptomatic cases also fell to 50, from 161 reported a day earlier.

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5. Czech government tightens coronavirus measures with a curfew and retail curbs as it has ordered a 9 pm curfew and will limit retail sales on Sundays, as part of tighter measures adopted to stem a surge in COVID-19 infections.

6. In the Australian state of Victoria, the epicentre of COVID-19 infections, no infection has reported since the last 48 hours for the first time in more than seven months.

7. France registered 1,307 new coronavirus patients on Monday in the highest one-day increase since April 2, which saw 1,607 new patients.

8. With 36,469 new COVID-19 infections in the last 24 hours, India’s total cases surged to 79,46,429, while the death toll mounted to 1,19,502 with 488 more deaths.

9. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 11,409 to 449,275, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Tuesday. The reported death toll rose by 42 to 10,098, the tally showed.

10. Long-term exposure to air pollution may be linked to 15% of COVID-19 deaths globally, according to research published Tuesday that highlights the health risks posed by greenhouse gas emissions.

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