Coronavirus LIVE Updates: India’s Covid-19 tally neared 70 lakh on Saturday morning with 73,272 new cases and 926 deaths recorded in last 24 hours. The number of active cases stood at 8,83,185, while the death toll reached 1,07,416, according to health ministry data.
The World Health Organization has announced a new daily record high in Covid-19 cases confirmed worldwide, with more than 350,000 infections reported to the UN health agency on Friday. The new daily high of 350,766 cases surpasses a record set earlier this week by nearly 12,000.
The World Health Organization's top emergencies expert have said that European governments must take decisive action to shut down transmission of the coronavirus, including by curbing mass gatherings, to avoid more painful lockdowns. Europe surpassed 100,000 daily reported Covid-19 cases for the first time on Thursday, after countries such as Russia and Britain saw no respite from the mounting number of infections every day in the past five.
Across the world 1,063,766 people have died of the coronavirus since it first emerged in China late last year, according to an AFP tally at 1900 GMT Friday based on official sources. Almost 37 million cases have been officially diagnosed. The US has the highest death toll, with 212,789, followed by Brazil with 148,957, India 106,490, Mexico 83,096 and Britain 42,679.
US President Donald Trump will address supporters in Florida on Monday at his first rally since testing positive for Covid-19. He will also give a public speech at the White House on Saturday on his favoured theme of "law and order", giving him an opportunity to dispel lingering doubts about his health.
Latin America and the Caribbean will suffer the worst economic and health impact from the coronavirus, the World Bank said in forecasting a nearly 8.0 percent drop in regional GDP. "Our region is suffering the worst economic and health impacts of Covid-19 of anywhere in the world," according to Carlos Felipe Jaramillo, the Bank's regional vice president.
The Nobel Committee says the coronavirus pandemic has pushed millions more into hunger as it awards its peace prize to the UN's World Food Programme.
Software giant Microsoft is to let employees work from home permanently if they choose to, becoming the latest employer to expand work-from-home provisions prompted by the pandemic, Chief People Officer Kathleen Hogan said in a note to employees obtained by tech news outlet The Verge.
The British government said it would pay up to two-thirds of staff monthly wages to firms forced to close over the winter months, as infection rates skyrocket. Finance minister Rishi Sunak extended a scheme launched just two weeks ago for workers taking reduced hours to help businesses required to shut as part of efforts to cut transmission rates.