Global coronavirus caseload at 7.76 million, nearly 430K dead

Cases of infection with the new coronavirus have surpassed 7.76 million across the world, and the death toll is inching close to the 430,000 mark, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Iran (IMNA) - Some 7,766,625 people have been infected and 429,732 others have lost their lives worldwide since the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) emerged in China late last year.

Out of the global caseload, some 3,698,227 people have recovered.

The largest numbers of confirmed cases are reported in the United States, Brazil, and Russia. The highest numbers of fatalities have been registered in the US, the United Kingdom, and Brazil.

Europe has been witnessing a rise in the number of people contracting the virus over the past couple of weeks, as lockdown measures have been relaxed in most of the countries across the continent.

Latin America, regarded as the new epicenter of the virus, has Brazil and Peru at the top of its list of countries with the highest cases.

The following is the latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic from around the globe:

Ukraine registers record high for third consecutive day

Ukraine has recorded its highest daily count of new coronavirus infections for the third day in a row, more than double the counts earlier in the month.

The Ukrainian Health Ministry reported 753 new cases on Saturday, compared with 683 the previous day.

Ukraine was recording fewer than 350 new cases a day in early June.

The total number of confirmed infection cases in the European country stands at 30,506 and deaths at 880.

Germany’s confirmed cases pass 186,000

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany rose by 247 to 186,269, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases on Sunday.

The reported death toll increased by six to 8,787.

‌‌‌‌‌‌‌Spain to open borders to EU on June 21

Spanish media announced on Sunday that the country would open its borders to the European Union (EU)’s Schengen area on June 21, except for Portugal, the border with which will open on July 1.

Spain’s El Pais newspaper and Ser radio station also reported that the Spanish government, as previously announced, would allow foreign tourists to enter the country on July 1 without self-quarantining.

Brazil’s new cases keep soaring

Brazil has registered 850,514 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, and its total death toll reached 42,720, the Brazilian Ministry of Health said on Saturday.

Brazil reported 21,704 new cases over the last 24 hours and 892 fatalities.

The mounting toll in Brazil comes as the country has plans to ease quarantine restrictions and reopen businesses amid pressure from President Jair Bolsonaro and his followers.

Far-right Bolsonaro has accused state governments of exaggerating the number of infections and deaths to undermine his presidency, playing down the gravity of the crisis and dismissing COVID-19 as “a little flu.”

Chile’s health minister resigns in toll scandal

Chile has the highest number of confirmed cases per million people in Latin America, reporting a total of 167,355 cases and 3,101 fatalities as of Saturday.

Also on Saturday, Chilean President Sebastian Pinera announced the resignation of Health Minister Jaime Manalich following a controversy over the official coronavirus death toll in the country.

While the Chilean government has said publicly that the disease has claimed the lives of more than 3,000 people since the first case emerged in the country on March 3, a report revealed on Saturday that Chile had informed the World Health Organization (WHO) of a death toll of more than 5,000.

Ciper, a Chilean investigative website, reported that the Health Ministry had told the WHO that as many as 5,000 deaths in the country were linked to the coronavirus.

Nearly half of Chile’s population of 18 million is now on a strict lockdown.

Mexico reports some 3,500 new cases

Mexico’s Health Ministry on Saturday reported 3,494 new infections as well as 424 deaths, bringing the totals in the Latin American country to 142,690 cases and 16,872 fatalities.

The government has said the real number of infected people is likely higher than the official count.

‌‌Argentina’s cases pass 30,000 mark

Coronavirus infections in Argentina surpassed 30,000 on Saturday, with 815 deaths recorded since the beginning of March.

The record of 1,531 positive cases detected in one day brought the total tally to 30,295.

In 18 of the 23 Argentinean provinces, there are gradual plans for the resumption of almost all activities, except for events that involve crowding.

The government of President Alberto Fernandez has ordered the extension of lockdowns until June 28, and is expected to press on with strict containment measures at least in the capital, Buenos Aires.

China records 57 new cases

China on Sunday reported 57 new cases of infection, the highest daily figure since April, amid concerns about the resurgence of the disease.

China’s National Health Commission said in a statement that 38 of the new confirmed cases were locally transmitted, 36 of them in the capital, Beijing.

Beijing has linked the recorded jump in new confirmed cases to a meat and vegetable market in the city’s southwestern Fengtai district. Chinese authorities ordered the shutdown of the Xinfadi wholesale market on Saturday and asked people to stay home in 11 residential estates in the vicinity of the market.

Beijing also ordered a city-wide food safety inspection that focused on fresh and frozen meat in supermarkets, warehouses, and catering services.

China now has 83,132 cases of COVID-19 and a related death toll of 4,634.

South Korea reports 34 new coronavirus cases

Health officials in South Korea on Sunday confirmed 34 new coronavirus cases, as an upward trend in new infections continued in the country.

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 30 of the new cases were in the densely-populated Seoul region, where half of the country’s 51 million people live.

South Korean authorities have attributed the new cases to nightlife establishments, church services, and door-to-door salesmen.

South Korea has now recorded 12,085 virus cases and 277 deaths.

Pakistan closes nearly 1,300 coronavirus hotspots

Pakistani authorities have identified and sealed off nearly 1,300 high-risk areas as part of measures aimed at containing the rising trend in new infections across the country.

The country reported 6,472 new cases on Saturday, the country’s highest single-day tally.

Pakistan has a total of 132,405 cases and 2,551 deaths.

The government in Islamabad put the country’s entire population of 220 million under lockdown in March. The government has since relaxed restrictions to save the economy but the decision has caused a surge in the number of infections.

Indonesia reports 857 new cases

Indonesia reported 857 new coronavirus infections and 43 more fatalities on Sunday, taking the total number of cases to 38,277 and deaths to 2,134.

Indonesia has tested 322,933 people for the virus as of Sunday.

Egypt’s one-day coronavirus infections at new high

Egypt’s Health Ministry on Saturday confirmed 1,677 new coronavirus cases and 62 fatalities, the highest daily increase for both counts since the virus was first detected in the country in mid-February.

The Arab world’s most populous country has registered a total of 42,980 cases and 1,484 related deaths.

Egypt has the highest death rate from COVID-19 among Arab nations.

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