India has recorded the biggest single-day fatalities of 904 in the past 24 hours as fresh coronavirus infections surged by another 56,282 cases to reach nearly two million.
The health ministry said yesterday the total fatalities touched 40,699. India has recorded 20,000 deaths in the past 30 days.
The ministry also said the recovery rate has improved to 67 percent from 63 percent over the last 14 days. Nearly 600,000 patients are still undergoing treatment. The case fatality rate stands at 2.09 percent.
The worldwide death toll crossed 707,000 as several European countries and cities reimposed tighter restrictions, including a "wake-up week" in Greece and new face mask and quarantine rules elsewhere, reports AFP.
The US tallied another 1,262 deaths and 53,158 cases Wednesday, marking 157,930 total deaths and more than 4.8 million cases -- making it by far the worst-hit country in the world.
Chicago will teach online only when school resumes in September, the mayor said on Wednesday, and New York City announced checkpoints at bridges and tunnels to enforce a quarantine on travelers from 35 states on a list of coronavirus hot spots.
The teachers' union and many parents in Chicago had objected to a plan to allow students the option of attending class in pods of 15 pupils twice a week, reports Reuters.
Australia's second-largest city entered the country's toughest lockdown yet yesterday. Melbourne's streets were visibly quieter as non-essential businesses were forced to shutter under new rules expected to be in place for six weeks.
Germany's health minister said the country will introduce mandatory coronavirus tests for travellers returning from designated risk zones from tomorrow.
Poland re-imposed compulsory face masks in all public spaces in nine districts, the health minister said.
Pakistan yesterday announced it would be lifting most of the country's remaining restrictions after seeing new cases drop for several weeks.
All restaurants and parks will be allowed to re-open from August 10, as will parks, theatres, cinemas and public transport, said Asad Umar, who heads Pakistan's task force to fight the coronavirus.