The novel coronavirus has killed at least 12,35,148 people since the outbreak emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1100 GMT on Friday.
At least 4,87,07,780 cases of coronavirus have been registered. Of these, at least 3,19,45,500 are now considered recovered.
On Thursday, 8,875 new deaths and 6,08,869 new cases were recorded worldwide.
More than 1,20,000 coronavirus cases were reported in the US in the past 24 hours, smashing a daily record set the day before, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
The country reported 1,23,085 new infections between 8:30pm Wednesday and 8:30pm Thursday (0130 GMT), and 1,226 more deaths, the tally by the Baltimore-based school showed.
On Wednesday, 99,660 new cases of the virus were reported. Thursday’s tally shatters that record by 23,425 cases.
Based on latest reports, the countries with the most new deaths were the United States with 1,226 new deaths, followed by India with 670 and Brazil with 630.
The United States remains the worst-affected country with 2,34,944 deaths from 96,10,967 cases. At least 37,81,751 people have been declared recovered.
After the US, the hardest-hit countries are Brazil with 1,61,736 deaths from 56,12,319 cases, India with 1,24,985 deaths from 84,11,724 cases, Mexico with 93,772 deaths from 9,49,197 cases, and the United Kingdom with 48,120 deaths from 11,23,197 cases.
Latin America and the Caribbean overall has 4,08,735 deaths from 1,14,86,896 cases, Europe 2,97,757 deaths from 1,19,21,355 infections, and the United States and Canada 2,45,325 deaths from 98,61,752 cases.
Asia has reported 1,74,945 deaths from 1,08,79,300 cases, the Middle East 63,207 deaths from 26,84,203 cases, Africa 44,238 deaths from 18,44,384 cases, and Oceania 941 deaths from 29,897 cases.
Swathes of Italy return to coronavirus lockdown Friday as the resurgent pandemic continued its march through Europe and reached record levels in the United States.
Five coronavirus ‘red zones’ in Italy’s north — plus Calabria in the country’s ‘toe’ — will shutter non-essential businesses, affecting 16 million people.
Italy had been badly hit by a first wave, with images of swamped hospitals, makeshift morgues and intubated patients shocking the world.
Experts say the country is now in the grip of a second wave after a sharp uptick in contagion numbers, and regions are again warning that intensive care units are filling rapidly.
Another 445 new coronavirus deaths were recorded across the country on Thursday, along with 34,505 new cases.
In Italy’s financial and fashion capital of Milan, streets have already fallen quiet. ‘My customers are very scared, very scared,’ hairdresser Francesco Puccio said.
‘Last week I only had two clients per day, sometimes even just one, so there’s no real advantage for me in staying open. There’s nobody out and about anymore, the offices are empty,’ he said.
Italy’s regions follow 56 million people in England who went into a second lockdown on Thursday.
Tourist destinations such as London’s Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square were deserted, and normally bustling cities including Manchester and Liverpool fell quiet.
In Denmark, 2,80,000 people were restricted in the country’s northwest after a mutated version of the new coronavirus linked to mink farms was found in humans.
Denmark — the world’s largest exporter of mink fur — had earlier said it would cull all of its 15-17 million minks.
While not more severe than the normal virus, the mutated version ‘could pose a risk that future vaccines won’t work’, prime minister Mette Frederiksen said.
France locked down last week, and the mayor of Paris announced Thursday that stores selling alcohol and food to late-night shoppers will be forced to close at 10 pm to ‘avoid gatherings’.
France recorded 58,046 new cases on Thursday as some prominent doctors warned the lockdown, which allows schools to stay open, will not be enough.
Greece will go back into lockdown from Saturday for three weeks to battle a second wave of the coronavirus, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced.
Across Europe and beyond the virus flare-up has brought with it fears about what new lockdowns mean for jobs and already battered businesses.
Beijing on Thursday banned foreign arrivals from France and a host of other countries, the latest in a growing number of entry bans as China closes itself off from a world still battling the coronavirus pandemic.
COVID-19 first emerged in central China late last year, but Beijing has largely brought its outbreak under control through tight travel restrictions and stringent health measures for anyone entering the country.
In March, as the virus ripped across the world, China shut its borders to all foreign nationals, although it had gradually eased the restrictions in recent months.
But in a sharp about-turn, Chinese embassies in countries including Britain, Belgium, India and the Philippines said this week that Beijing had decided to ‘temporarily suspend’ entries by non-Chinese nationals.
France was the latest to join that list, with a statement on the Chinese embassy web site dated Thursday saying non-Chinese arrivals would be barred from entering the country.
Chinese embassies in Russia, Italy and Ethiopia also announced similar measures.
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