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Worldwide coronavirus cases cross 162.71 million, death toll at 3,512,115

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More than 162.71 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 3,512,115​ 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.

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The following table lists the top 50 countries by the number of reported cases. A complete list is available with the above links.

COUNTRIES AND TOTAL DEATHS CONFIRMED DEATHS PER

TERRITORIES CASES 10,000

INHABITANTS

United States 585,994 32,996,953 17.94

India 270,284 24,684,077 2

Brazil 434,715 15,586,534 20.75

France 107,616 5,877,787 16.07

Turkey 44,537 5,106,862 5.41

Russia 255,345 4,940,245 17.67

United Kingdom 127,679 4,450,777 19.21

Italy 124,156 4,159,122 20.55

Spain 79,339 3,604,799 16.95

Germany 86,110 3,595,204 10.39

Argentina 70,255 3,290,935 15.79

Colombia 80,780 3,103,333 16.27

Poland 71,664 2,854,079 18.87

Iran 76,633 2,739,875 9.37

Mexico 220,380 2,380,690 17.46

Ukraine 48,075 2,153,864 10.77

Peru 65,911 1,884,596 20.2

Indonesia 48,093 1,739,750 1.8

Czech Republic 29,901 1,652,840 28.13

South Africa 55,183 1,611,143 9.55

Netherlands 17,449 1,598,164 10.13

Canada 24,908 1,323,681 6.72

Chile 27,734 1,280,273 14.81

Philippines 19,191 1,143,963 1.8

Iraq 15,930 1,136,917 4.14

Romania 29,523 1,071,899 15.17

Sweden 14,275 1,037,126 14.03

Belgium 24,686 1,030,071 21.59

Pakistan 19,543 877,130 0.92

Portugal 17,007 842,182 16.54

Israel 6,381 839,117 7.18

Hungary 29,175 798,147 29.84

Bangladesh 12,149 780,159 0.75

Jordan 9,226 723,069 9.27

Serbia 6,681 706,458 9.57

Japan 11,537 685,502 0.91

Switzerland 10,179 679,510 11.96

Austria 10,474 637,097 11.85

United Arab Emirates 1,629 544,931 1.69

Lebanon 7,586 535,181 11.08

Morocco 9,098 514,817 2.53

Malaysia 1,902 470,110 0.6

Nepal 5,001 455,020 1.78

Saudi Arabia 7,147 432,269 2.12

Bulgaria 17,250 414,041 24.56

Ecuador 19,692 409,520 11.53

Slovakia 12,224 387,523 22.44

Greece 11,415 377,090 10.64

Belarus 2,701 376,341 2.85

Panama 6,296 370,533 15.07

Source: Reuters tally based on statements from health ministries and government officials

Generated at 22:00 GMT.

 

(Editing by Peter Cooney)

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Israeli military confirms Gaza air strikes

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The Israeli military said its aircraft attacked Hamas armed compounds in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday in response to the launching of incendiary ballons from the territory that caused fires in fields in southern Israel.

In a statement, the military said that it was “ready for all scenarios, including renewed fighting in the face of continued terrorist acts emanating from Gaza”.

The attacks, following an Israeli nationalist march in East Jerusalem that angered Palestinians, were the first launched by Israel and Gaza militants since an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire ended 11 days of cross-border fighting last month.

 

(Editing by Jeffrey Heller)

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U.S., Canada set to discuss lifting of border restrictions

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U.S. and Canadian officials are set to meet Tuesday to discuss how to eventually lift pandemic-related border restrictions between the two countries, but no immediate action is expected, sources briefed on the matter told Reuters on Monday.

U.S. and Canadian business leaders have voiced increasing concern about the ban on non-essential travel at land borders because of COVID-19 that was imposed in March 2020 and has been renewed on a monthly basis since. The measures, which also apply to the U.S.-Mexico border, do not affect trade or other essential travel.

The current restrictions are set to expire June 21, but U.S. and industry officials expect they will be extended again.

Reuters reported on June 8 the Biden administration was forming expert working groups with Canada, Mexico, the European Union and the United Kingdom to determine how best to safely restart travel after 15 months of pandemic restrictions.

A meeting is expected to occur with Mexico later this week and meetings with the United Kingdom and EU are currently set for next week, but the timing could still shift, three people briefed on the meetings said.

U.S. restrictions prevent most non-U.S. citizens who have been in the United Kingdom, the 26 Schengen nations in Europe without border controls, Ireland, China, India, South Africa, Iran and Brazil within the last 14 days from traveling to the United States.

Reuters reported previously that U.S. and airline officials do not think U.S. restrictions will be lifted until around July 4 at the earliest.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Sunday he has spoken with U.S. President Joe Biden about how to lift the restrictions, but made clear no breakthrough has been achieved.

Two officials said the working groups are each expected to meet twice a month.

Canada last week took a cautious first step, saying it was prepared to relax quarantine protocols for fully vaccinated citizens returning home starting in early July.

 

(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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Outgoing U.N. aid chief slams G7 for failing on vaccine plan

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Outgoing U.N. aid chief Mark Lowcock slammed the Group of Seven wealthy nations on Monday for failing to come up with a plan to vaccinate the world against COVID-19, describing the G7 pledge to provide 1 billion doses over the next year as a “small step.”

“These sporadic, small-scale, charitable handouts from rich countries to poor countries is not a serious plan and it will not bring the pandemic to an end,” Lowcock, who steps down on Friday, told Reuters. “The G7, essentially, completely failed to show the necessary urgency.”

The leaders of the United States, Japan, Germany, Britain, France, Italy and Canada met in Cornwall, England over the weekend and also agreed to work with the private sector, the Group of 20 industrialized nations and other countries to increase the vaccine contribution over months to come.

“They took a small step – at that very, very nice resort in Cornwall – but they shouldn’t kid themselves it’s more than a small step and they have still have a lot to do,” Lowcock said.

“What the world needed from the G7 was a plan to vaccinate the world. And what we got was a plan to vaccinate about 10% of the population of low and middle income countries, maybe by a year from now or the second half of next year,” he said.

In May, the International Monetary Fund unveiled a $50 billion proposal to end the COVID-19 pandemic by vaccinating at least 40% of the population in all countries by the end of 2021 and at least 60% by the first half of 2022.

“That is the deal of the century,” said Lowcock, adding that the G7 could also have done a lot more to provide vital supplies – such as oxygen ventilators, testing kits and protective equipment – to countries who are going to have to wait longer for vaccines.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday urged world leaders to act with more urgency, warning that if developing countries were not vaccinated quickly, the virus would continue to mutate and could become immune to inoculation.

 

(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Bill Berkrot)

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