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Odishatv Bureau

Washington: The overall number of global coronavirus cases has topped 24.6 million, while the deaths have increased to over 835,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

As of Saturday morning, the total number of cases stood at 24,646,610 and the fatalities rose to 835,730, 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 cases and deaths at 5,913,564 and 181,767 respectively, according to the CSSE.

Brazil came in the second place with 3,804,803 infections and 119,504 deaths.

In terms of cases, India ranks third (3,387,500), and is followed by Russia (977,730), Peru (621,997), South Africa (620,132), Mexico (585,738), Colombia (581,995), Spain (439,286), Chile (405,972), Argentina (392,009), Iran (369,911), the UK (333,798), Saudi Arabia (312,924), Bangladesh (306,794), France (304,947), Pakistan (295,053), Turkey (265,515), Italy (265,409), Germany (242,126), Iraq (223,612), Philippines (209,544), Indonesia (165,887), Canada (129,342), Qatar (118,196), Ukraine (117,172), Bolivia (114,409), Ecuador (112,141), Israel (112,000) and Kazakhstan (105,408), the CSSE figures showed.

The other countries with over 10,000 deaths are the Mexico (63,146), India (61,529), UK (41,573), Italy (35,472), France (30,601), Spain (29,011), Peru (28,277), Iran (21,249), Colombia (18,467), Russia (16,866), South Africa (13,743) and Chile (11,132).

35 Covid-19 patients discharged in Chinese mainland

The National Health Commission on Saturday said 35 Covid-19 patients were discharged from hospitals after recovery in the Chinese mainland on Friday.

There were 262 patients still being treated, including four in severe condition, the commission said in its daily report, Xinhua reported.

Altogether 80,126 patients had been cured and discharged from hospitals by Friday, the report said.

As of Friday, a total of 85,022 confirmed Covid-19 cases had been reported on the mainland, among whom 4,634 died of the disease.

UAE reports 390 new Covid-19 cases; 68,901 in total

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Friday announced 390 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the total confirmed cases in the country to 68,901.

At the same time, 389 more patients have recovered from the virus, taking the tally of recoveries in the UAE to 59,861, UAE's Ministry of Health and Prevention said, Xinhua reported.

It also confirmed one more death, pushing the country's death toll to 379.

The UAE was the first among the Gulf countries to report Covid-19 cases.

It has been showing solidarity with China in fight against the novel coronavirus. On February 2 and March 12, the iconic landmarks in the UAE, including Burj Khalifa in Dubai, were lit up twice in the colours of China's national flag to show its solidarity with China.

In late April, the Chinese consulate general in Dubai organised an online conference for Chinese doctors and medical experts to share experience in preventing and treating the coronavirus with UAE counterparts.

Spain registers 43,747 new Covid-19 cases in 7 days

The number of Covid-19 cases in Spain rose by 9,779 in the past 24 hours to 439,286, according to the latest figures published on Friday by the Spanish Ministry of Health.

According to the statistics, Spain has registered 43,747 cases in the past seven days, which is the worst weekly figure since the end of March, Xinhua reported.

Madrid was the worst affected region of Spain with 13,391 new cases in the last week, twice as many as Catalonia's 6,103, which was the second worst.

The ministry also reported 129 deaths in the past week, taking the death toll to 29,011.

The data is especially worrying as it came before the end of the holiday season, with many Spaniards returning to work on August 31 or September 1, with a consequent rise in the number of people in major cities and those using public transport.

As children in Spain will also return to school in the coming days, the Health Ministry and the Education Ministry published a list of 29 measures and five recommendations for the start of the school year.

Key measures include taking teachers' and students' temperature every morning, while children over six years old will have to wear face masks in class and clean their hands at least five times during the school day.

Adequate ventilation is required in classrooms with windows being opened at least every 15 minutes, while a "safe distance" of one and a half meters between students will be applied.

In addition, schools are required to apply extra hygiene measures (especially in bathrooms) and create stable "bubble groups" of children, in which closer contacts will be allowed.

France records biggest daily Covid-19 increase since March 31

A total of 7,379 people tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 24 hours in France, marking the highest daily tally since March 31, the data released by the Healthy Ministry showed on Friday.

"In mainland France, the dynamics of the epidemic's progression are exponential," the ministry warned.

"Although remaining at limited levels, hospital indicators (new hospitalisations and intensive care admissions) are increasing, especially in regions where viral circulation is the most intense," it added, Xinhua reported.

Further six people were receiving intensive treatment on Friday, taking the total to 387, while the number of hospitalised patients remained unchanged at 4,535.

As of Friday, some 30,596 people in France had lost their lives to Covid-19, representing a single day rise of 20, according to the ministry's figures.

Coronavirus infections have surged in France in recent weeks, particularly among young people, prompting the government to make mask-wearing mandatory outdoor and at workplace.

Twenty-one departments, including the great Paris region, are classified as high-risk zones for coronavirus alarming circulation, causing speculation of a new lockdown to curb the virus resurgence.

President Emmanuel Macron, earlier in the day, pledged to do everything to avoid another lockdown, in particular a nationwide lockdown.

"We've learned enough to know that nothing can be ruled out. But we're doing everything to prevent it," he told journalists.

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