Thursday 6th August 2020

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  • Global coronavirus cases top two million: Johns Hopkins

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    Confirmed cases of COVID-19 have exceeded 2 million globally, with the death toll surpassing 130,000, according to Johns Hopkins University (JHU).

    Here is what we know so far:

    The total number of cases on the Chinese mainland has reached 82,341, including 1,534 imported from abroad. A total of 1,032 asymptomatic patients are under medical observation. The death toll stands at 3,342.

    U.S. President Donald Trump said the country has likely “passed the peak” of the coronavirus pandemic and he will announce guidelines for reopening the economy on Thursday. Over 28,000 deaths have been reported and the total confirmed cases have surpassed 636,000, meaning the U.S. has the largest number of both coronavirus fatalities and infections so far.

    UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been discharged from the hospital, though it is unclear when he will return to work.

    Indian PM Narendra Modi announced a lockdown extension on Tuesday for the country’s 1.3 billion people until at least May 3.

    France extended its nationwide lockdown to May 11. French President Emmanuel Macron noted that progress had been made but the battle was not yet won.

    The IMF predicts the steepest economic downturn since the 1930s as the global economy is expected to contract by 3 percent in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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