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Coronavirus Takes Toll

  • India has overtaken Italy and is now the sixth worst hit country by the coronavirus pandemic after another record single-day spike in confirmed infections, bringing the total to 236,657 cases.
  • Global death toll from the coronavirus surged past 400,000, according to Johns Hopkins University. About 30 percent of those cases, or two million infections, are in the US. Latin America has the second-largest outbreak, with more than 15 percent of cases. There are over 6.9 million cases globally.
  • Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has threatened to pull his country out of the WHO, accusing the body of being “partisan” and “political”. With more than 34,000 coronavirus deaths, Brazil now has the third-highest toll in the world.
  • Indonesia has reported nearly 993 new cases, a new single-day high for the country that brought its total caseload past 30,000, with 1,801 deaths – the most in Southeast Asia – as the government unveiled an enhanced stimulus package worth $47.6bn.
  • An alarming flare-up in coronavirus cases in Iran has raised fresh fears of a broad COVID-19 resurgence, sparking official warnings of new restrictions, and underlining the sanctions-battered country’s challenge of returning to post-virus normality. Since June 1, the number of new COVID-19 infections has been hovering near or above 3,000, reaching on Thursday its highest-ever daily total: 3,574.
  • In the light of evolving evidence, the World Health Organization (WHO) has changed its position on face masks and is now encouraging people to wear them in crowded places. In developing the new guidance, the agency consulted with a range of international experts from different countries and disciplines such as infectious diseases and epidemiology.

Nigel Bell, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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