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Coronavirus Pandemic: Latest COVID-19 Updates From Around The World

The coronavirus pandemic has hit the world like never before. Here are some updates on the COVID-19 cases and death toll from around the globe today.

Global COVID-19 cases top 6.2 mn: Johns Hopkins

The total number of global coronavirus has increased to over 6.2 million, while the death toll has topped 375,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

As of Tuesday morning, the overall number of cases stood at 6,265,496, while the death toll increased to 375,526, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

With 1,811,370 confirmed cases and 105,165 deaths, the US currently accounts for the highest number of infections and fatalities in the world, according to the CSSE.

In terms of cases, Brazil comes in second place with 526,447 infections.

This was followed by Russia (414,328), the UK (277,736), Spain (239,638), Italy (233,197), India (198,370), France (189,348), Germany (183,594), Peru (170,039), Turkey (164,769), Iran (154,445) and Chile (105,158), the CSSE figures showed.

Regarding fatalities, the UK continues in the second position after the US with 39,127 COVID-19 deaths, which also accounts for the highest fatalities in Europe.

The other countries with over 10,000 deaths are Italy (33,475), Brazil (29,937), France (28,836), Spain (27,127) and Mexico (10,167).

US COVID-19 cases top 1.8 mln: Johns Hopkins

The number of COVID-19 cases in the United States topped 1.8 million, reaching 1,808,291 as of 6.33 p.m. (2233 GMT), according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

Meanwhile, the national death toll reached 105,003, according to the tally on Monday, Xinhua news agency reported.

New York remains the hardest-hit state with 371,711 cases and 29,833 fatalities. Other states with over 100,000 cases include New Jersey, Illinois, California and Massachusetts, the tally showed.

WHO warns of disturbing rates of antimicrobial resistance during COVID-19 pandemic

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned that the world is “losing its ability” to use critically important antimicrobial medicines.

Speaking at a virtual press conference on Monday, the WHO chief said that the COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increased use of antibiotics, which ultimately will lead to higher bacterial resistance rates, Xinhua news agency reported.

Calling the threat of antimicrobial resistance “one of the most urgent challenges of our time,” Tedros urged the world to find new models to incentivize sustainable innovation in this regard.

“On the supply side, there is essentially very little market incentive to developing new antibiotics and antimicrobial agents, which has led to multiple market failures of very promising tools in the past few years,” he said.

A press release issued on Monday also showed that high rates of resistance among antimicrobials frequently used to treat common infections, such as urinary tract infections or some forms of diarrhea, indicate that the world is running out of effective ways to tackle these diseases.

“For instance, the rate of resistance to ciprofloxacin, an antimicrobial frequently used to treat urinary tract infections, varied from 8.4 per cent to 92.9 per cent in 33 reporting countries,” the press release noted.

No new deaths from coronavirus registered in Spain

Spain didn’t register a single death from the coronavirus on Sunday, and the toll remained at 27,127, according to the data published by the country’s health authorities.

Fernando Simon, director of the Coordination Centre for Health Alerts and Emergencies at the Ministry of Health confirmed on Monday that they had “not received notification of anyone passing away yesterday (Sunday). That is very good news,” Xinhua news agency reported.

There was also a fall in new cases of COVID-19. The Health Ministry reported 71 new infections, 25 fewer compared with the 96 reported 24 hours earlier, taking the total to 239,638.

Italy records lowest new COVID-19 cases since Feb 27

Italy recorded 178 fresh cases of infection from the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, the lowest such figure since February 27, the Civil Protection Department said.

The overall number of COVID-19 infections, fatalities and recoveries rose to 233,197 cases over the past 24 hours, from 233,019 cases on Sunday, Xinhua news agency reported on Monday.

The pandemic began in Italy on February 21 in the northern, densely populated and highly industrialized Lombardy region, whose capital is Milan.

Total active infections stood at 41,367, down from 42,075 on Sunday, while another 848 COVID-19 patients recovered, bringing the total recoveries to 158,355.

Another 60 patients died, bringing the death toll to 33,475.

Canada PM Trudeau announces infra fund to help cities cover COVID-19 costs

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that his government will offer cities an advanced transfer of 2.2 billion Canadian dollars (about US $1.6 billion) in infrastructure money to help cover COVID-19-caused budget shortfalls.

“This is strong support to keep Canadians safe and our communities strong. And it’s support that will give businesses the confidence to reopen, getting hardworking Canadians back on the job,” Trudeau said here at Monday’s press conference on the COVID-19 pandemic, noting that the funding is a start and more will come, Xinhua news agency reported.

Trudeau’s announcement came after the Federation of Canadian Municipalities said in April that cities were facing serious financial pressures and were asking for up to 15 billion Canadian dollars in assistance.

The federation said that with transit ridership and parking fares down considerably and new costs arising to address the pandemic such as setting up testing clinics and funding essential services, they are looking at layoffs or tax increases to help make ends meet.

The money will be made in a single payment this month to help municipalities recover from the pandemic as quickly as possible.

It can then be directed to projects under 18 different categories including public transit, wastewater infrastructure, local roads and bridges, disaster mitigation, broadband and connectivity, culture, tourism and recreation.

Many cities in the country reportedly have seen their revenues dry up while the cost of responding to the ongoing pandemic continues to mount.

The city of Toronto is reportedly estimating a loss of 1.5 billion Canadian dollars in revenue by the end of the year due to COVID-19.

“We need to have new money to make up for the fact that we lost a lot of money we didn’t expect to lose,” Toronto Mayor John Tory said Monday morning. “We need a lot more help. They know that. It is crucial to the proper economic recovery of this country that cities should be healthy and not in a situation of financial instability.”

As of Monday noon, Canada reported 91,647 cases of COVID-19, with 7,325 deaths and 49,225 recoveries.

(With Agency Inputs)

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