Coronavirus cases exceed 17 million globally; death toll tops 6.73 lakh

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New Delhi (NVI): The total number of coronavirus cases have crossed 17 million globally and are nearing 17.3 million. More than 10 million patients have recovered, and at least 6,73,000 have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

In the US, the total number of coronavirus infections are nearing 4.5 million while the death toll has exceeded 1,52,000.

In Brazil, the number of infections have surged past 2.6 million meanwhile the total number of fatalities have crossed 91,000 in the country.

In addition to this, Brazil’s first lady Michelle Bolsonaro tested positive for the new coronavirus, the government announced on Thursday, five days after her husband Jair Bolsonaro said he had recovered from his COVID-19 infection.

Spain reported a second day of 1,000-plus coronavirus cases, the highest since the country lifted its lockdown in June.

China tightened travel restrictions in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, requiring people arriving in the city from regions deemed to have high infection risks to undergo a two-week quarantine. Since mid-July, the Xinjiang outbreak centered in Urumqi has seen more than 600 cases of illness, including 112 new ones reported on Friday.

Hong Kong reported a new daily record of coronavirus cases, logging 149 additional infections at the end of Thursday.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte extended quarantine restrictions in the capital Manila, limiting movements of the elderly and children, and the operations of businesses from restaurants to gyms, until mid-August.

Indonesia’s resort island of Bali has reopened to domestic tourists after an almost four-month lockdown for the coronavirus pandemic.

Vietnam’s health ministry reported 45 new coronavirus infections linked to a recent outbreak in the central city of Da Nang, marking the highest daily increase since the first cases emerged in the country in late January.

-CHK