Covid-19 cases cross 19mn, pandemic kills 715,343 worldwide
August 07 2020 04:46 PM
Aerial view of graves at the special area for Covid-19 victims of the Municipal Pantheon of Valle de
Aerial view of graves at the special area for Covid-19 victims of the Municipal Pantheon of Valle de Chalco, State of Mexico, on August 5

The Covid-19 pandemic has killed at least 715,343 people worldwide since it surfaced in China late last year, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1100 GMT on Friday.
At least 19.1 million cases have been registered in 196 countries and territories.
The United States has recorded the most deaths with 160,104, followed by Brazil with 98,493, Mexico with 50,517, Britain with 46,413 and India with 41,585 fatalities.

India: two million milestone 
The South Asian giant's official case tally hits two million, doubling in three weeks as the pandemic sweeps into smaller cities and rural areas.
A record daily jump of more than 60,000 fresh infections has been recorded, according to health ministry data, making India only the third country to surpass the two million milestone after the United States and Brazil.

US: three-month high
Daily coronavirus deaths in the US surge to a three-month high of over 2,000. The last time the country recorded more than 2,000 deaths in 24 hours was on May 7.

More lockdowns in Spain 
Spanish authorities order about 32,000 people into lockdown in the central riverside town of Aranda de Duero. The movements of residents will be restricted to the absolute minimum and they will be barred from entering or leaving the town.
It is the latest in a series of fresh local lockdowns in Spain, including in the Basque Country, and the regions of Catalonia and Aragon.

Germany shuts two schools
Just days after schools in the German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pommerania became the first to reopen full time after the summer break, some 800 students are forced to head home from the Goethe Gymnasium in Ludwigslust after a teacher tests positive.
Separately, 100 pupils from a primary school in Rostock district are placed under quarantine for two weeks after a pupil is confirmed infected.

'Stand firm'
France's health minister urges citizens to "stand firm" and wear their face masks even in the midst of a heatwave. The country's virus figures are trending upwards, with the number of people testing positive rising by 30 percent per week, double the rate of increase in testing.

No climate silver lining
The unprecedented fall in greenhouse gas emissions from lockdowns during the pandemic will do "nothing" to slow climate change without systemic change in how the world powers and feeds itself, an international team of researchers say.

Action for Bollywood seniors
Bollywood actors and crew aged over 65 will be allowed to resume shoots, an industry official says, after a court in Mumbai overturns restrictions limiting the presence of older people on film sets.



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