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More than 137.82 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 3,104,534 have died, according to a Reuters tally.
Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019.
India reported a record 200,000 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday and the financial hub of Mumbai entered a lockdown, as many hospitals treating coronavirus patients reported severe shortages of beds and oxygen supplies.
The surge was the seventh record daily increase in the last eight days and comes as India battles a massive second wave of infections that has its epicentre in the economically significant state of Maharashtra, home to Mumbai. The western state accounts for about a quarter of the country's total cases.
India reported 200,739 COVID-19 cases over the last 24 hours, according to health ministry data released Thursday. Deaths stood at 1,038, taking the total to 173,123.
France's coronavirus death toll is expected to pass 100,000 on Thursday after a year of hospital tensions, on-and-off lockdowns and personal loss that have left families nationwide grieving the pandemic’s unending, devastating toll.
France's coronavirus death toll is expected to pass 100,000 on Thursday.
The country of 67 million will be the eighth in the world to reach the symbolic mark, and the third in Europe after the United Kingdom and Italy.
The cumulative death toll since the start of the epidemic totaled 99,777 on Wednesday evening. In recent days, French health authorities have been reporting about 300 new daily deaths from COVID-19.
Lionel Petitpas, president of the association "Victims of COVID-19,” told the Associated Press that the number of 100,000 deaths is "an important threshold.”
German Health Minister Jens Spahn urged the country's 16 federal states on Thursday to impose tougher restrictions quickly to try to slow a third wave of the coronavirus and not to wait until a national law on measures is passed.
His appeal came as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases jumped on Thursday by 29,426 to 3.073 million, the biggest increase since Jan. 8. The reported death toll rose by 293 to 79,381, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) showed.
Germany imposes tougher restrictions quickly to try to slow a third wave of the coronavirus.
"We know from last autumn what happens when we don't act quickly," Spahn told reporters, adding that doctors expect some 6,000 patients to be in intensive care by the end of the month.
RKI President Lothar Wieler described the situation in hospitals as "dramatic" and called on politicians to take action to break the third wave now.
Russia reported 8,944 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, including 2,455 in Moscow, taking the official national tally to 4,675,153.
The government coronavirus task force said 398 people had died in the past 24 hours, pushing its death toll to 104,398.
The federal statistics agency has kept a separate count and has reported a much higher toll of more than 225,000 from April 2020 to February.
Hungary's government is in talks with all possible suppliers to make up for an expected shortfall of half a million vaccine doses, Prime Minister Viktor Orban's chief of staff Gergely Gulyas said on Thursday.
"Inoculations require vaccines and we know that another one of the shots ordered by Brussels will be missing, the Janssen vaccines will not arrive. That means half a million fewer shots," Gulyas told an online briefing.
Kuwait's Ministry of Health reported 1,402 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, taking the total number of infections in the country to 251,675.
The ministry added that the total number of recoveries reached 235,053 after 1,296 new recoveries were reported.Four COVID-related deaths were registered, increasing the death toll to 1,423.
A record surge of 55,079 new cases in the past 24 hours took India’s coronavirus caseload past 1.6 million, as the government decided to lift a nighttime curfew that has been in force since late March.
The latest health ministry data reports 314,835 new cases of the novel coronavirus over the previous 24 hours, the world's largest one-day rise in case numbers, a grim reminder of the threat still posed by the virus. Deaths rose by a record 2,104.
The management of COVID-19 in India has lessons for the health infrastructure for the future not merely for India but also for other developing countries in Latin America and Africa. In just a day there have been 14,500 plus new cases and about 375 lives have been lost, which are the highest recorded hitherto, in India (“India reports record rise in coronavirus cases as major city locks down” June 20, Gulf Today).
Russia could conduct a “wide range” of aggressive acts against Ukraine, Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg said on Friday, but he emphasised the window was still open to a peaceful and negotiated resolution.
Sharjah Media City (Shams) organised a ‘Shams Media Gathering’ at its headquarters on Thursday, in collaboration with Sharjah Press Club and with representatives of several major media outlets from Sharjah and the UAE taking part.
The Dubai Criminal Court sentenced in absentia an Asian accountant to 5 years in jail to be followed by deportation and fined him Dhs170,000 on charges of embezzling funds that were in his possession and belonged to an establishment in which he worked as a financial officer.