COVID-19 | Top 10 global developments this Wednesday morning

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1. More than 55.55 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, and 1,336,892 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. However, over 35.73 million people have recovered from the virus.

2. Chuck Grassley, the longest-serving Republican senator, announced on Tuesday he had tested positive for coronavirus.

3. In the UK, 598 more people on Tuesday died within 28 days of testing positive for COVID-19, bringing the death total to 52,745. This represents the highest daily increase since May 12.

4. Spain recorded 435 new COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday, the highest daily toll seen so far in the country’s second wave of the coronavirus. The total number of cases has now passed the 1.5 million mark and stands at 1,510,023.

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5. South Korea reported on Wednesday 313 new daily COVID-19 cases, the highest since August, as cluster infections continued to emerge from offices, medical facilities and small gatherings, prompting authorities to tighten social distancing rules.

6. Brazil’s Sao Paulo state is set to begin importing the first of 46 million doses of China’s Sinovac vaccine against COVID-19 this week, while the federal government takes a more cautious approach with a vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc, Reuters reported.

7. Italy has registered 32,191 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Tuesday. The ministry also reported 731 COVID-19 related deaths, up from 504 the previous day and the highest daily toll since April 3.

8. Top US virus scientist Anthony Fauci hails a Moderna vaccine found to be nearly 95% effective in a trial as “stunningly impressive”, saying it validates experimental mRNA technology that some had doubted, The Guardian reported.

9. Iran’s daily new coronavirus infections hit 13,352 on Tuesday, a new record, the government announced. The number of deaths in the previous 24 hours reached 482.

10. With 38,617 new COVID-19 infections in the last 24 hours, India’s total cases rose to 89,12,908 on Wednesday.

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