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COVID-19 Updates From Around The Globe

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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the world to a standstill. Coronavirus has so far affected 216 countries or territories infecting over eight million people.

Amid the ongoing global fight against the virus, here are the latest updates on the COVID-19 crisis from around the globe:

Global COVID-19 cases top 8.7 mn: Johns Hopkins University

The total number of global COVID-19 cases has surged to over 8.7 million, while the deaths were nearing 463,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

By Sunday morning, the total number of cases stood at 8,768,285, while the fatalities increased to 463,999, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

With 2,254,630 cases and 119,714 deaths, the US continues with the world’s highest number of COVID-19 infections and fatalities, according to the CSSE.

Brazil comes in second place with 1,032,913 infections and 49,976 deaths.

In terms of cases, Russia ranks third (576,162), and was followed by India (395,048), the UK (304,580), Peru (251,338), Spain (245,938), Italy (238,275), Chile (236,748), Iran (202,584), France (196,724), Germany (190,670), Turkey (186,493), Mexico (175,202), Pakistan (171,666), Saudi Arabia (154,233), Bangladesh (108,775) and Canada (102,762), the CSSE figures showed.

The other countries with over 10,000 deaths are the UK (42,674), Italy (34,610), France (29,636), Spain (28,322), Mexico (20,781) and India (12,948).

Iran’s confirmed COVID-19 cases hit 202,584 with 2,322 new cases

Iran reported 2,322 new cases over the past 24 hours, taking the total confirmed novel coronavirus cases to 202,584, according to official IRNA news agency.

Sima Sadat Lari, the spokeswoman for Iran’s Ministry of Health and Medical Education, said during his daily update on Saturday that 115 people died overnight, taking the total fatalities over the virus to 9,507, Xinhua news agency reported.

So far, 161,384 have recovered and 2,842 remain in critical condition, said Lari.

According to the health spokeswoman, 1,395,675 lab tests for COVID-19 have been carried out in Iran as of Saturday.

The Iranian health official said that seven provinces are still in high-risk condition.

Iran announced its first cases of COVID-19 on February 19.

COVID-19 cases top 108,000 in Bangladesh, deaths reach 1,425

Bangladesh reported over 3,240 more COVID-19 cases, bringing the total in the country to over 108,000.

A total of 3,240 new COVID-19 positive cases and 37 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours across Bangladesh, Senior Health Ministry official Nasima Sultana said in a media briefing on Saturday afternoon, Xinhua news agency reported.

“The total number of positive cases is now 108,775 and death toll stands currently at 1,425 with the fresh fatalities,” she added.

According to the official, 14,031 samples were tested in the last 24 hours across Bangladesh.

She said 1,048 more COVID-19 patients were announced as recovered during the last 24 hours, bringing the total recoveries so far to 43,993.

COVID-19 cases in Russia increase by 7,889, total at 576,952

Russia recorded an increase of 7,889 COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking its total to 576,952, the country’s coronavirus response center said in a statement.

The death toll rose by 161 to 8,002, while 334,592 people have recovered, including 10,186 over the last 24 hours, said the statement on Saturday, Xinhua news agency reported.

Moscow, the country’s worst-hit region, reported 1,057 newly confirmed cases, taking its tally of infections to 212,978.

On Friday, about 310,000 people were still under medical observation, while more than 16.6 million virus tests have been conducted nationwide, Russia’s consumer rights and human well-being watchdog said Saturday in a statement.

Turkish Prez says “loses position” in fight against COVID-19

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the recent figures signalled that Turkey “lost some position” in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

“But I believe that we will remove the pandemic from our agenda in a short time by obeying the hygiene, mask and distancing rules,” Erdogan said at a televised speech in Istanbul on Saturday, Xinhua news agency reported.

On June 1, the Turkish government allowed cafes, restaurants, sports facilities, parks, beaches, and museums to reopen and partially lifted restrictions on international and domestic travels in line with the normalization process.

Soon after, the number of new coronavirus cases started to pose an upward trend across the country.

Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca on Friday, however, announced that the daily increase of coronavirus cases started to decline again in Turkey’s biggest city Istanbul and the capital Ankara.

Turkey reported 1,214 new COVID-19 cases and 23 more deaths the previous day, taking the tally of infections to 185,245, and the death toll to 4,905

Beijing tests 2.3 million people for COVID-19

Some 2.3 million people in Beijing have received nucleic acid tests over the past week as the city strives to contain domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases following a fresh coronavirus outbreak in the Chinese capital’s wholesale food market.

Beijing authorities have set up a total of 2,083 sampling sites in 474 locations across the city, with 7,472 medical staffers taking shifts to conduct tests, Xinhua news agency reported.

Since June 13, people working in the wholesale market of Xinfadi, to which most newly-emerged cases were related, residents in nearby communities, and people who visited the market have been organized to take nucleic acid tests.

The city has also prioritized the testing for employees of restaurants, grocery stores, wholesale markets and courier and food delivery, according to the municipal government.

Beijing reported 22 new confirmed domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases, three suspected cases and three asymptomatic cases on Saturday, the Beijing Municipal Health Commission said on Sunday.

From June 11 to 20, Beijing had reported 227 confirmed domestically transmitted cases, all of whom were receiving treatment in hospitals, it added.

Meanwhile, there are 18 asymptomatic cases still under medical observation, and one imported case hospitalized in Beijing.

(With Agency Inputs)

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