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Latest on pandemic: More than 11.63mn infected, over 538K dead

Iran Press TV

Tuesday, 07 July 2020 10:11 AM

The number of coronavirus cases around the world has now surged past the 11.63 million mark, and more than 538,000 people have died of the infection, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

According to the university, the global caseload now stands at over 11,633,678, and the world's death toll at 538,395.

The United States, with 130,248 fatalities, accounts for a quarter of all deaths. The country has also reported some 2,931,142 confirmed cases of the viral infection – also the world's highest.

The coronavirus, which causes a respiratory disease known as COVID-19, emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year and quickly spread to the rest of the world.

The following is the latest on the coronavirus pandemic from around the world:

Russia reports over 6,300 new cases

Russia reported 6,368 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, taking its overall tally of infections to 694,230.

The country's coronavirus crisis response center said on Tuesday that 198 people had also died of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 10,494.

Australia's Victoria state to re-impose lockdown

Australia's second-most populous state, Victoria, is imposing a four-week lockdown after recording the biggest one-day surge in the numbers of coronavirus cases.

The decision came after 191 new cases were recorded in Victoria's capital of Melbourne.

The surge in the number of cases prompted authorities to enforce strict social distancing orders in more than 30 suburbs and put nine public housing towers into complete lockdown.

India's death toll exceeds 20,000

India's death toll from the coronavirus epidemic has surpassed 20,000 as the country moves ahead with plans to relax almost two months of a nationwide lockdown.

On Tuesday, India reported 467 new deaths, taking the total death toll to 20,160.

The country also recorded 22,252 new confirmed cases, increasing the total to 719,665.

The rate of both new infections and deaths in India are rising at their fastest pace in three months. Health officials fear the number of deaths, which usually lag behind the detection of new infections, could rise significantly in coming weeks.

Armenia will not send athletes to CIS games in Russia

Armenia has decided not to send athletes to the first Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Games due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.

"We deeply regret to say that due to the current situation in the world, our country will be unable to participate in the CIS Games," Armenia's Deputy Minister of Education, Science, Culture, and Sport Artur Martirosyan said on Tuesday.

The landlocked South Caucasus country, which has recorded more than 29,000 cases of the virus and over 500 deaths, became the first nation to withdraw from the Games, which will feature competition in 22 sports for athletes aged between 14 and 23.

The inaugural Games of the CIS – a grouping of former Soviet republics – was scheduled to be held in the Russian city of Kazan from August 20-27 but organizers pushed the event back to September 4-11 due to the health situation.

Belarus, another ex-Soviet country, has said it will send a 390-member delegation to Kazan.

Beijing reports zero virus case for first time since new outbreak

Beijing has reported zero new coronavirus cases for the first time since an outbreak emerged at the Chinese capital, prompting fears of a domestic second wave.

A total of 335 people have been infected since a cluster emerged at the city's massive Xinfadi wholesale market in early June.

Beijing's health commission said on Tuesday it had detected only one asymptomatic case the previous day, which China does not include in its confirmed cases counts.

On Monday, Beijing officials said the government had tested more than 11 million people for COVID-19 since June 11 – roughly half the city's population.

Pang Xinghuo, deputy director of the Beijing Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said the outbreak was "stabilizing and improving."

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