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Coronavirus Update: Global COVID-19 Cases Top 10.3 Million

Washington: The overall number of global coronavirus cases has increased to over 10.3 million, while the deaths have soared to more than 505,000, according to Johns Hopkins University.

As of Tuesday morning, the total number of cases increased to 10,302,052, while the fatalities stood at to 505,505, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

The US accounted for the world’s highest number of infections and fatalities with 2,590,552 and 126,140, respectively, according to the CSSE.

Brazil came in second place with 1,368,195 infections and 58,314 deaths.

Meanwhile, UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that Leicester city will remain under lockdown due to a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases. In Leicester, non-essential shops have been ordered to close from Tuesday, schools from Thursday, while the city’s 330,000 citizens have been asked to remain indoors as much as possible, Xinhua news agency reported.

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The easing of lockdowns across England will begin from July 4, while the restrictions imposed in Leicester will be reviewed in two weeks, Hancock told MPs in the House of Commons on Monday.

As far as Ireland is concerned, it has moved to phase 3 of lifting the coronavirus restrictions, with more businesses allowed for reopening and greater freedom given to people’s movement. Starting from Monday, a wide range of businesses and services in the country reopened. They included cafes, restaurants, hotels, hairdressers, beauty salons, sports activities, museums, galleries, theatres and cinemas, reports Xinhua news agency.

In terms of cases, Russia ranks third (640,246), and is followed by India (566,840), the UK (313,470), Peru (282,365), Chile (275,999), Spain (248,970), Italy (240,436), Iran (225,205), Mexico (220,657), Pakistan (209,337), France (201,522), Turkey (198,613), Germany (195,042), Saudi Arabia (186,436), South Africa (144,264), Bangladesh (141,801) and Canada (105,830), the CSSE figures showed.

The other countries with over 10,000 deaths are the UK (43,659), Italy (34,744), France (29,816), Spain (28,346), Mexico (27,121), India (16,893) and Iran (10,670).

(IANS)

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