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Global COVID-19 Cases Pass 31 Million As US Death Toll Tops 200,000

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Global COVID-19 Cases Top 33 Million As Death Toll Nears A Million

More than 31 million persons around the world have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and nearly one million globally have died from it.

Since the first cases were detected in china in December, the virus has rapidly spread to every continent except Antarctica.

The total number of COVID-19-related deaths in the United States has on Tuesday surpassed the 200,000 mark as the country continues to see a rise in infections.

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According to data by the Johns Hopkins University, the US has now registered 6,861,211 infections in which 200,005 have died

California has the highest number in the United States with nearly eight hundred thousand persons diagnosed. Johns Hopkins University reports California is followed by Texas with more than 734,000 cases and Florida with 685,000.

Earlier on Monday, United Kingdom’s chief medical officers (CMOs) have recommended moving the country’s COVID-19 alert level from level 3 to level 4, the second highest level, in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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As part measures aimed at halting the accelerating second wave of the novel coronavirus, British prime minister Boris Johnson has on Tuesday set out new restrictions to fight against COVID-19 in Parliament, saying the country has reached a “perilous turning point.”

Johnson confirmed that pubs and restaurants in England will have a 10 p.m. curfew from Thursday, and only table service will be allowed. Staff are advised to work from home if they can, despite a governmental advice issued earlier this month to head back to workplaces.

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The prime minister added that the limit on wedding guests will also be reduced from 30 to 15.

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South Sudan’s Suspected Ebola Cases ‘Test Negative’

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South Sudan's Suspected Ebola Cases 'Test Negative'

South Sudan authorities have said the suspected cases of Ebola in the north-western region have tested negative. The ministry of health said the samples tested negative of Ebola and other forms of viral hemorrhagic fevers

The acting director for emergency preparedness and response, Dr Angelo Goup Thon, said samples collected from critically ill patients had returned negative and same test result had been sent to Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) for toxicology analysis. Results are expected in two days.

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Director-General for health preventive services, John Rumunu told reporters in the capital, Juba, that there is no Ebola virus in South Sudan and there is no reason to panic.

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Last week, the health ministry received an alert from raja county in a western Bahr El-Ghazal state, after three persons died from an unknown disease in Timssa area, near Central African Republic (CAR).

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The samples that tested negative were not of those who died from a yet to be established illness that sparked suspicions.

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Ten Percent Of World’s Population May Have Had COVID-19 – WHO

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Ten Percent Of World’s Population May Have Had COVID-19 - WHO

The head of emergencies at the World Health Organization (WHO) has on Monday said hundreds of millions of people may have already been infected with the new coronavirus, far more than the current tally of more than 35 million.

Mike Ryan, the WHO’s emergency operations chief, told the global health agency’s executive board on Monday “Our current best estimates tell us that about 10 percent of the global population may have been infected by this virus.”

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Ryan said COVID-19 cases and deaths were surging across Europe, Southeast Asia and the eastern Mediterranean, while the situation in Africa and the Western Pacific “is currently rather more positive”.

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India with more than 6.6 million COVID-19 cases has now crossed the grim milestone of 100,000 virus deaths, the third-highest in the world behind only the United States and Brazil.

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On Monday, it registered a single-day spike of 74,442 new cases, while 903 virus deaths in the past 24 hours took the total fatalities up to 102,685.

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