Covid-19 cases jump past 19m mark globally

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Coronavirus cases have topped the 18 million mark on Monday, as some countries imposed fresh restrictions to contain the spread of the pandemic.

An AFP tally based on official sources shows the disease has caused more than 687,000 fatalities since its emergence in China in December 2019.

The Victoria state of Australia imposed sweeping curbs, including a curfew in Melbourne for the next six weeks and a ban on wedding ceremonies, with schools and universities asked go back online in the coming days.

As new clusters emerged, Victoria Prime Minister Daniel Andrews was quoted as saying: "Anything short of this (lockdown) will see it drag on for months and months and months."

The media outlet reported Melbourne had continued to report hundreds of new cases daily, as many parts of the worldinfo-icon are struggling with much bigger outbreaks.

Healthinfo-icon officials in South Africa, where Covid-19 cases were expected after the gradual easing of a strict lockdown, said the infections had surpassed the half-million mark.

Latin America and the Caribbean region, coronavirus deaths jumped to over 200,000. Brazil and Mexico accounted for about three-quarters of the fatalities.

Reporting its highest single-day infections in nearly a month, Iran warned that most of its provinces had been hit by a resurgence of the pandemic.

While overtaking Britain, Mexico became the third hardest-hit country in virus deaths. Brazil and the United States are ahead of it with over 46,600 fatal cases.

The United States, according to the AFP tally, has seen more than 4.6 million cases and 154,793 deaths.

In Europe, Norway reported its first virus death in two weeks, with Switzerland reporting that its case numbers had risen again.

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