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The novel coronavirus pandemic has brought the world to a standstill. Here are the latest updates on the COVID-19 crisis from around the globe on Tuesday.

Global COVID-19 cases surpass 4.1mn: Johns Hopkins University

The global number of coronavirus cases has surpassed the 4.1 million mark, while the death toll stood at 285,971, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

AS of Tuesday morning, the total number of cases increased to 4,175,284, the latest update by 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 at 1,347,388.

This was followed by Spain (227,436), the UK (224,332), Russia (221,344), Italy (219,814), France (177,547), Germany (172,576), Brazil (169,143), Turkey (139,771) and Iran (109,286).

Of the total 285,971 global COVID-19 deaths, the US leads the world tally with 80,397 fatalities, according to the CSSE.

The other countries with over 10,000 deaths are the UK (32,141), Italy (30,739), Spain (26,744), France (26,646) and Brazil (11,625).

France's COVID-19 deaths rise to 26,643

Coronavirus-linked fatalities stood at 26,643 after 263 new patients died in the last 24 hours in France, the fifth worst-hit country in the world in terms of human losses, while pressure in hospitals eased for nearly one month, showed health ministry's data on Monday.

More people died of the disease in the last 24 hours compared with 70 deaths reported on Sunday, the lowest daily toll in nearly two months, the data showed, Xinhua reported.

The number of people in intensive care units, a key indicator of the health system's ability to deal with the pandemic, declined by 64 to 2,712, while hospitalizations were down by 285 to 22,284.

US COVID-19 deaths surpass 80,000

The number of COVID-19 deaths in the US topped 80,000 on Monday, reaching 80,087, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

A total of 1,344,512 cases have been reported in the country, according to the CSSE, Xinhua news agency reported.

Hardest-hit New York state reported 26,682 fatalities among 337,055 cases.

New Jersey reported 9,340 deaths, Massachusetts reported 4,979 deaths and Michigan reported 4,584 deaths, the CSSE data showed.

UN chief extends telecommuting arrangements to June 30

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced that he has decided to extend the current telecommuting arrangements at UN headquarters in New York through June 30.

"After consulting with senior management and our medical services about the COVID-19 situation, I have decided to extend the current telecommuting arrangements at the headquarters complex through June 30, 2020. We will continue to review these arrangements, and will provide advance notice should there be any easing or further extension of these measures," the UN chief said on Monday in a letter to all UN staff working at the New York headquarters, Xinhua reported.

Pence tests negative for coronavirus, says Trump

US President Donald Trump said that Vice President Mike Pence had tested negative for the novel coronavirus again.

"The Vice President first of all has been tested and he's negative and he was tested yesterday, tested today and he is negative," Xinhua news agency quoted Trump as saying at a White House press conference on Monday.

"He's in very good shape and I think that that's going to be fine."

White House staff ordered to wear masks

White House staff have been ordered to wear masks when entering the West Wing after two aides tested positive for coronavirus.

The White House personnel office has said that staff must cover their faces at all times except when seated at their desks, socially distant from colleagues.

The directive comes after an aide for Vice-President Mike Pence and a valet for President Donald Trump fell ill, the BBC reported.

Trump said he required the policy.

Appearing without a mask in the Rose Garden for a press briefing on Monday, however, the president claimed he did not need to follow the directive because he kept "far away from everyone", and played down the White House infections.

(With IANS inputs)

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