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Coronavirus: latest global developments

AFP , Saturday 27 Jun 2020
India
Indians, some wearing face masks, as a precaution against the coronavirus rest outside a government run hospital in Jammu, Saturday, June 27, 2020. India is the fourth hardest-hit country by the pandemic in the world after the U.S., Russia and Brazil. (Photo: AP)
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Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:

- India's surge -

India now has more than 500,000 confirmed cases, according to government figures that show a record daily leap of 18,500 new infections.

"Unlike China, where the pandemic was relatively more concentrated around Wuhan and a few other cities, India has a more diffused spread that makes it a bit more challenging for the healthcare system," says Anant Bhan, a leading public health expert

India may see several peaks in coming months because the spread of the virus "is variable across the country", he says.

- More than 494,000 deaths -

The pandemic has killed at least 494,337 people worldwide since it surfaced in China late last year, according to an AFP tally at 1100 GMT on Saturday, based on official sources.

The United States has the most deaths with 125,039, followed by Brazil with 55,961, Britain with 43,414, Italy with 34,708 and France with 29,778.

- New lockdown in Buenos Aires -

Argentina's President Alberto Fernandez announces a toughening of lockdown measures in the capital and its surrounding area in a measure due to last until July 17 with "only essential services and some industrial zones" remaining operational.

With cases on the rise, the Buenos Aires metropolitan area will be closed down and from July 1 people will be asked to return to isolation at home and only leave for essential provisions.

- Iran's economic woes -

Iran's supreme leader warns the country's economic problems will worsen if the virus spreads unchecked, saying the initial momentum to contain it had since "waned".

Official figures have shown a rising trajectory in new confirmed cases since early May.

Microsoft rethinks its retail -

Microsoft says it will close all of its stores and move its retail operations online, keeping just four locations and transforming them into "experience centres" in a move that means the more than 80 Microsoft stores closed due to the pandemic will not reopen.

- Football fans chided -

Liverpool criticises some of its own fans for "wholly unacceptable" behaviour ignoring social distance guidelines after they crowd parts of the city to celebrate the football team's first top flight title win in 30 years.

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