Worldwide coronavirus cases cross 27.95 million, death toll over 903,000
The global death toll from the coronavirus crossed 900,000, according to a Reuters tally, while India reported record jumps in new infections and deaths even as bars reopened for the first time since lockdown in the world's second-most populous nation.
At least 27,951,325 people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 903,470 people have died, a Reuters tally showed.
Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019.
The World Health Organization referred to the outbreak as a pandemic on March 11.
DEATHS AND INFECTIONS
At least 6,376,425 cases of the highly contagious novel coronavirus have been reported in the United States and its territories while at least 190,869 people have died, according to a Reuters tally of state and local government sources as of September 10, 2020, 2:00 pm. The US diagnosed its first COVID-19 case in Washington state on January 20.
Likewise, India follows the US with a total of 4,465,863 coronavirus cases with 75,062 death, according to Reuters’ interactive graphic tracking the global spread.
Likewise, Brazil has the third-highest 4,197,889 coronavirus cases while 128,539 people have died.
— Indonesia's capital will reinstate widespread social restrictions as cases and deaths increase and hospitals fill up, its governor said.
Australia's COVID-19 hotspot state, Victoria, should consider lifting a night curfew if the decision was not made on health advice, federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said, as total pandemic deaths in the state crossed 700 on Thursday.
— Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden accused President Donald Trump of betraying the American people, saying he knowingly lied about the deadliness of the novel coronavirus in what amounted to a "dereliction" of duty.
— The US government is set to end enhanced screening of some international passengers for COVID-19 and drop requirements that travelers coming from the targeted countries arrive at 15 designated US airports.
— New York City restaurants will be able to resume indoor dining at 25% capacity at the end of the month, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said, relaxing one of the last big COVID-19 limitations in the nation's most populous city.
— British scientists have developed a four-level scoring model for predicting the death risk of patients hospitalised with COVID-19, saying it should help doctors quickly decide on the best care for each patient.
— France's daily new infections rose by more than 8,500 for the third time in six days on Wednesday, with the disease spreading at its fastest pace since it emerged in the country.
MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA
— A deal signed by the Kenyan government to lease medical equipment in a $580 million deal was a "criminal enterprise" that flooded hospitals with overpriced, unnecessary equipment, a senate committee said in a report.
— AstraZeneca's suspension of global trials of its experimental coronavirus vaccine after an illness in a study subject in Britain has cast doubt on prospects for an early rollout of one of the most advanced COVID-19 vaccines in development.
— Twenty-six scientists, most of them working at universities in Italy, have signed an open letter questioning the reliability of the data presented in the early-stage trial results of the Russian COVID-19 vaccine, named "Sputnik-V".
— South Korea is preparing the fourth supplementary budget of this year of around $6.6 billion to aid struggling small businesses facing mass closures amid unprecedented social distancing restrictions.
— Japan's machinery orders rebounded in July from a sharp fall in the previous month, a welcome relief for the coronavirus-stricken economy but the outlook for capital spending remained uncertain due to fragile global business conditions.
— The recent sharp rise in Brazilian food prices is part of a temporary global phenomenon caused by a COVID-19 pandemic-induced supply shock, Treasury Secretary Bruno Funchal said.