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Global coronavirus death toll near 4 lakh

Global coronavirus death toll near 4 lakh

The global confirmed coronavirus cases have exceeded 6.7 million globally, with over 394,787 fatalities, according to the latest tally from Johns Hopkins University, report agencies. Besides, more than 2.9 million recoveries have been recorded. The U.S. now has now confirmed 1,897,239 cases and the death toll reached 109,127. The UK has become the second country to cross the 40,000 mark of coronavirus fatalities while Brazil's coronavirus death toll has reached 34,021 as the third-highest in the world after the U.S. and the UK. Meanwhile, in terms of confirmed coronavirus cases, Brazil is now in second position with 614,941 confirmed cases followed by Russia (449,256), United Kingdom (284,734) and Spain (240,978) and India (236,184). The World Health Organization advised governments around the world on Friday to encourage people to wear masks in regions where physical distancing is difficult. Some countries around the world already recommend or mandate the wearing of face coverings in public. The WHO had previously argued there was not enough evidence to say that healthy people should wear masks. Coronavirus cases were first reported in China in December last year. The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the coronavirus crisis a pandemic on March 11. The health authorities of the country confirmed the detection of another 2,828 new coronavirus patients across the country in the last 24 hours on Friday, taking the number of confirmed cases in the country to 60,391. During the same period, 30 more patients died from COVID-19, raising the death toll to 811. Brazil's total COVID-19 deaths have surged to 34,021 after its health ministry on Thursday reported 1,437 new deaths in the last 24 hours, making its overall toll the third highest in the world, according to local media. In addition, the Latin American country on Thursday reported 30,925 new COVID-19 infections, totaling 614,941 confirmed cases, said the health ministry. By Thursday, its death toll has surpassed that of Italy, which has confirmed 33,689 deaths, following only the United States and the UK. People who do not wear a face mask in closed public areas will face fines of up to 100 euros (113 U.S. dollars), according to the Spanish government's draft plans appearing in several Spanish newspapers on Saturday. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez confirmed during the week that his cabinet would approve the measures to be put into effect in Spain when the State of Alarm and the special lockdown measures it contains expires on June 21. Among the "new normality" measures are fines for those who don't wear face masks in closed public areas and outdoors where it is impossible to maintain a safe distance of two meters. In workplaces, employers will be obliged to provide adequate hygiene and cleanliness and ensure that workers are able to maintain social distancing and have access to soap, water, and hand gels. Employers will be required to take measures to avoid overcrowding. Similar measures are to be put into place for schools and educational centers. Commercial centers will have to pay "special attention" to food markets and common areas, and limit the number of people allowed into a center at any one time. Travel between Spain's 17 Autonomous Communities will be allowed once all of them have passed the four stages in Spain's plan to relax restrictions. However, passenger numbers will still be limited on long and medium distance trains and also on busses carrying out inter-city routes. Meanwhile, airlines will be obliged to keep passenger lists for a month after a flight, for the sake of tracking those who have contact with an infected passenger

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