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The global death toll from the new coronavirus, which emerged less than a year ago in China and has swept across the world, passed one million on Sunday. As of today, deaths globally are 1,005,056 from 33,492,643. The United States has the highest death toll with more than 200,000 fatalities followed by Brazil, India, Mexico and Britain.

India is on course to overtake the US in the coming weeks as the country with the most coronavirus cases. India’s coronavirus case tally passed 6 million on Monday after it reported 82,170 new infections in the last 24 hours, as the pandemic rages across the vast South Asian nation.

COVID-19 deaths rose by 1,039 in the last 24 hours to 95,542, the ministry said, which is 1.6 percent of total infections. India has been adding 80,000 to 90,000 new infections each day since it started reporting the world’s highest daily rises from late August.

World Health Organization official says the official global death toll from COVID-19 probably underestimates the true total, suggesting it could be over a million already.

Europe, hit hard by the first wave, is now facing another surge in cases, with Paris, London and Madrid all forced to introduce controls to slow cases threatening to overload hospitals. Mid-September saw a record rise in cases in most regions and the World Health Organization has warned virus deaths could even double to two million without more global collective action.

Nine vaccine candidates are in last-stage clinical trials, with hopes some will be rolled out next year though questions remain about how and when they will be distributed around the world.

Some 120 million rapid diagnostic tests for coronavirus will be made available to low- and middle-income countries at a maximum of $5 per unit, the World Health Organization said on Monday.

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Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta extended for two months on Monday a nationwide curfew intended to curb the coronavirus, but relaxed the starting time by two hours until 11 p.m. Kenyatta, who said the COVID-19 infections curve had been flattened, also lifted a ban on the sale of alcohol in restaurants and bars.

Kenya has had 38,168 cases of the virus and 700 deaths since its first case on March 13. The government quickly put measures into place to curb the spread of the disease, including shutting schools, closing borders, mandatory mask wearing in public, and a curfew that lasts until 5 a.m.

The Health Ministry in South Africa highlighted that another 903 people tested positive for the coronavirus bringing the total number of cases to 671,669. The country has recently seen a 6% surge in cases, despite a decrease in infection rate on the continent. In its latest data release the recovery rate from coronavirus has increased to 90%.

This is one of the best recovery rates in the world. 227 more deaths have been recorded – taking the overall death toll from COVID-19 to 16,586.

Zimbabwe Coronavirus cases stand at 7 816, death cases are at 228 and 6112 recoveries.

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