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FILE PHOTO: A burning pyre of a man who died due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), is seen as another one is carried for cremation at a crematorium in New Delhi, India, June 3, 2020. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Global coronavirus deaths top half a million

Sydney/Beijing, June 29 (Reuters) - The death toll from COVID-19 surpassed half a million people on Sunday, according to a Reuters tally, a grim milestone for the global pandemic that seems to be resurgent in some countries even as other regions are still grappling with the first wave. The respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus has been particularly dangerous...

FILE PHOTO: People are seen walking in front of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge following the easing of restrictions implemented to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Sydney, Australia, June 23, 2020. REUTERS/Loren Elliott/File photo

Australia posts biggest one-day rise in coronavirus cases in two months

Sydney, June 25 (Reuters) - Australia’s second most populous state is deploying ambulances and mobile test centres in a coronavirus testing blitz, and will use the military in quarantine operations, as the country recorded the biggest daily rise in cases in two months. Victoria state said 33 people tested positive for coronavirus in the past 24 hours, marking nine days...

FILE PHOTO: Nurse Jaqueline Borges Dias prepares medications for a patient suffering from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Emilio Ribas Institute in Sao Paulo, Brazil, June 17, 2020. REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli/File Photo

Coronavirus cases soar in big countries, especially Brazil, WHO says

Geneva/Zurich, June 23 (Reuters) - Coronavirus cases are soaring in several major countries at the same time, with “worrying increases” in Latin America, especially Brazil, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday. The world recorded more than 183,000 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, the most in a single day since the outbreak started in December, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom...

A cleaner wipes down a pole in Melbourne's central business district on June 17, 2020.PHOTO: AFP

Australia fears second wave as Victoria state tightens coronavirus controls

Canberra, June 22 (Bloomberg) - Australia's second-most populous state has tightened coronavirus controls as a spike in cases triggers fears the nation could be hit by a second wave of infections. Victoria extended a state of emergency by four weeks to July 20, halved the number of visitors allowed in homes to five and delayed a planned increase in the size of gatherings in cafes,...

FILE PHOTO: A boy holds his mother's hands as he arrives at an elementary school amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Gwangju, South Korea, May 29, 2020. Yonhap via REUTERS

South Korea says it is battling ‘second wave’ of coronavirus

Seoul, June 22 (Reuters) - Health authorities in South Korea said for the first time on Monday it is in the midst of a “second wave” of novel coronavirus infections focused around its densely populated capital, stemming from a holiday in May. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) had previously said South Korea’s first wave had never...

Maysa Talerd has been designing patterns and carefully pressing stickers of superheroes and villains onto the face shields. (Photo: Reuters)

Thai woman’s face shields protect against coronavirus and villains

Bangkok, June 21 (Reuters) - A single mother in Thailand is doing brisk business out of face shields with characters from cartoons, games and sci-fi movies, hoping to cash in and promote safety for children as her country emerges from the novel coronavirus pandemic. From her small studio room, Maysa Talerd, 31, has been designing patterns and carefully pressing stickers...

FILE PHOTO: An employee of a funeral parlour is seen at Sao Francisco Xavier cemetery during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Rio de Janeiro. Brazil, April 24, 2020. REUTERS/Ian Cheibub

Brazil records nearly 50,000 coronavirus deaths as crisis deepens

Rio De Janeiro, June 21 (Reuters) - Nearly 50,000 people have died from the coronavirus in Brazil, the world No. 2 hotspot, with 1,022 fatalities in the last 24 hours, the Health Ministry said on Saturday. A total of 49,976 people have officially died from COVID-19 in Brazil, according to the ministry, with a total of 1,067,579 confirmed cases. Only...

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