Coronavirus Global Updates: The confirmed number of coronavirus cases in the world surpassed 10 million on Sunday. A tally compiled by Johns Hopkins University registered the grim milestone on Sunday, after India and Russia added thousands of new cases. The United States has confirmed more than 2.5 million infections, the most in the world.
As many as 4,97,000 people have died due to the disease. Half of the reported infections are known to have recovered. North America, Latin America and Europe each account for around 25 per cent of the cases, while Asia and the Middle East have reported around 11 per cent and 9 per cent of the total cases.
Russia reports 6,791 new cases
Russia has recorded 6,791 new cases in the past day. The national coronavirus task force said Sunday that the total number of cases rose to 634,437. It said 104 people died of the virus over the past day, bringing the total dead to 9.073.
Russia has the third-highest coronavirus infection case count in the world. But it has reported far fewer deaths than many countries with smaller infection case counts, leading to speculation that figures are manipulated which Russian officials vehemently deny.
UK death toll from confirmed cases up 36 to 43,550
Britain’s death toll from confirmed cases of the new coronavirus has risen to 43,550, an increase of 36 from a day earlier, government figures showed on Sunday.
All residents of Germany’s Bavaria to be tested
The southern German state of Bavaria says it’s starting a program to offer coronavirus testing for all residents. State Health Minister Melanie Huml said Sunday that the corona test offensive will help provide Bavarians clarity if they have been infected. Bavaria is Germany’s largest state by area and is home to some 13 million people. It has been the worst hit by the coronavirus both in terms of infections per capita and in total numbers.
As of Sunday, the Robert Koch Institute, Germany’s disease control center, reported the state had 48,294 of Germany’s overall 193,499 cases, with 2,592 of its 8,957 deaths. Bavaria is the first of Germany’s 16 states to undertake universal testing. The state plans to pay for tests that aren’t already covered under the country’s health care system.
Sri Lanka lifts coronavirus curfew
The Sri Lankan government on Sunday completely lifted a curfew imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus after no new case of community infection was recorded for nearly two months in the country. Sri Lanka has been under a continuous lockdown since March 20, a week after the first local victim of the pandemic was reported. Initially, a nationwide blanket curfew was imposed but it was later eased for about two-thirds of the country and was mostly confined to night time.
The government had ordered partial opening of offices and businesses mid-May. From early June, the restrictions were further relaxed with public transport being allowed. The government further relaxed the COVID-19 curfew, which was in force from 11 pm to 4 am, to only four hours from midnight to 4 am daily from June 14 onwards. “The curfew has completely been lifted effective from today, June 28 Sunday,” President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s office said in a statement.
According to health authorities, no community coronavirus case was reported in the country since April 30 and no death due to the disease was reported since June 1. Lanka has so far recorded only 2,033 coronavirus cases and 11 fatalities.
UK plans localised lockdowns as deaths among Indian-origin people remain high
The UK government on Sunday said it is planning to impose localised lockdowns in some regions showing a spike in coronavirus infections, as latest figures showed that Indian-origin people remain in the category of those hardest hit from the deadly virus among Britain’s ethnic minorities.
Home Secretary Priti Patel confirmed as “correct” the reports of the first such local lockdown for Leicester, a region in eastern England with a large Indian-origin population. “We have seen flare-ups across the country already, just in the last three or four weeks in particular. There will be support going into Leicester,” said Patel.
Coronavirus spreads to all 77 districts of Nepal
The coronavirus infection has spread to all the 77 districts in Nepal with the detection of 463 new COVID-19 cases in the country, the health ministry said on Sunday. The deadly virus has so far claimed 28 lives in Nepal, health ministry spokesperson Jageshwar Gautam said at his daily press briefing.
With the detection of 463 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, the total tally now stands at 12,772, he said. The coronavirus has now spread to all the 77 districts in the country, the ministry said. As many as 179 coronavirus patients, including 13 women, were discharged from hospitals, taking the total number of recoveries to 3,013.
Italy honours its virus dead with Bergamo concert
Italy is honouring its coronavirus dead with a Requiem concert performed in front of the cemetery in Bergamo, one of the hardest-hit provinces in the onetime epicentre of the European outbreak. President Sergio Mattarella, the 243 mayors of cities in Bergamo province and a representative of families who lost loved ones have been invited to attend the evening concert, which is being transmitted live on RAI state television.
It will feature the Requiem Mass composed by Bergamo native Gaetano Donizetti, one of Italy’s most important 19th century composers.
Singapore reports 213 new COVID-19 cases
Singapore authorities have asked the people to adhere to social distancing and other coronavrius prevention norms after the island nation reported 213 new cases on Sunday. Of the new cases, 202 are foreign workers residing in packed dormitories, which have accounted for most of Singapore’s virus cases. The government has intensified testing in these quarters.
The rest of the 11 new cases were reported from community zones, including five Singapore citizens or permanent residents (foreigners) and six foreigners on work passes, said the Ministry of Health (MOH). Now, the total number of COVID-19 cases in Singapore stands at 43,459.
India reports over 19,000 new cases of Covid-19
India reported over 19,000 cases of coronavirus and 410 deaths on Saturday, bringing the total number of cases to 5,28,859, with 16,095 deaths so far. Follow Coronavirus India LIVE Updates
While active infections stand at 2,03,051, there are 3,09,713 patients who have already recovered. The last one lakh cases have been added in less than a week. Amid the surge, several states have reimposed full or partial lockdown.
62 new cases in South Korea
South Korea confirmed 62 new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours, the Associated Press reported. The total number of cases in the country now stands at 12,715 with 282 deaths.
The Korea Centre for Disease Control and Prevention said 11,364 of them have recovered while 1,069 are in quarantine for Covid-19 treatment. Out of the new cases, 40 were domestically infected while the rest 22 came from overseas. It said 26 of the domestic cases were detected in Seoul metropolitan area, which is densely populated.
China reports 17 new cases of coronavirus
China reported 17 new confirmed cases of Covid-19, with all but three from domestic transmission in Beijing. No new deaths were reported on Sunday. The country has reported 83,500 cases and 4,634 deaths so far.
Many people traveled during the three-day Dragon Boat Festival ended on Saturday, but anti-crowding measures were in force nationwide.
Brazil coronavirus cases cross 1.3 million
Brazil recorded 38,693 new cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours and 1,109 deaths, the Health Ministry said on Saturday. The country has reported around 13,13,667 cases of coronavirus, with about 57,070 fatalities so far.
Rural areas in United States reporting rise in cases
The United States is experiencing a second wave of coronavirus infections, with states states like Texas and Florida reporting thousands of new cases every day, the Associated Press reported. Some places that appeared to have avoided the worst are seeing surges in infections.
Many rural counties in states including California, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, Texas and Florida have seen cases rise to more than double in a week, as per data from the John Hopkins University (JHU).
In Kansas, where livestock outnumber people, reported cases have more than doubled in recent weeks. On June 5, the seven-day average for daily new cases was around 96, by Friday, it went up to 211. Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas ordered employees and business patrons to wear masks, when 6 feet of separation isn’t possible.
The daily number of confirmed cases rose to 45,300 from the previous day’s record of 40,000, as per JHU. Daily deaths have come down to around 600 from a peak of 2,200 in mid-April.
The United State accounts for the highest number of coronavirus cases in the world, with as many as 2.5 million cases and about 1,25,000 deaths.
Angela Merkel cautions: Coronavirus pandemic is far from over
German Chancellor Angela Merkel Saturday cautioned that the coronavirus pandemic is far from over. German authorities renewed a lockdown in a region of about 5,00,000 people in the past week after 1,300 slaughterhouse workers tested positive for Covid-19. “It’s easy to forget because Germany has gotten through the crisis well so far, but that doesn’t mean we are protected, that the risk has been averted; that is not the case, as is demonstrated by these regional outbreaks.
Victoria steps up efforts to contain Covid-19
Victoria state in Australia stepped up efforts to contain a rise in Covid-19 cases by ordering mandatory testing of all travelers returning from overseas. The state government said travelers in mandatory quarantine will be tested twice, on the third and the eleventh days of their 14-day isolation.
As many as 49 new cases were reported on Sunday. New South Wales, the most populous state in Australia reported three new cases while Western Australia reported one case.
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