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Coronavirus: Latest global developments

Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:

Global deaths pass three million

The number of people who have died from COVID-19 around the world passes three million on Saturday, according to an AFP tally, despite vaccination campaigns.

After a slight lull in March, daily death tolls have been increasing, with an average of 12,000 deaths a day last week.

Surge in India cases

New Delhi reports a record 24,000 coronavirus cases in one day and its leader warns of a “grim” battle ahead, as major cities go into a weekend lockdown across the country.

India now leads the world in the number of new cases and the international Red Cross says the speed at which cases are rising across South Asia is “truly frightening.”

Thailand acts as cases soar

Thailand experiences a fourth consecutive day of more than 1,000 new cases, with the capital Bangkok apparently at the epicenter of a third wave

In the past 10 days, the national infection total has jumped from 29,900 to more than 40,500.

Brazil to reopen businesses

Sao Paulo will allow businesses and places of worship to reopen from Sunday, the government of Brazil’s most populous state announced, even as the coronavirus infection rate remains high.

Tunisia closes schools

Tunisia announces the closure of primary and secondary schools as well as universities from Sunday, as well as banning cars and public transport, because of rising case numbers.

Italy’s entertainment workers march

Protesters march through the streets of Rome calling for the country’s theatres and concert halls to be reopened and for more support for workers in the sector.

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