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UAE active coronavirus cases halve; global situation grim

Filed on July 18, 2020 | Last updated on July 18, 2020 at 06.28 am
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Worldwide confirmed cases numbered more than 14 million and deaths totalled more than 594,000.

The UAE is turning the tide against the coronavirus with 1,036 recoveries and 293 cases recorded yesterday, with active cases at 7,637 down 55 per cent from their peak of 17,173 registered on June 4, 2020.

However, the global situation remains of concern as fresh outbreaks were reported from Japan, Spain and China's Xinjiang region. Worldwide, confirmed cases numbered more than 14 million Friday and Covid-19 deaths totalled more than 594,000.

India said the country's total confirmed cases surpassed 1 million, the third-highest number behind the United States and Brazil, and its death toll reached more than 25,000. That followed Brazil's announcement that its confirmed cases exceeded 2 million, including 76,000 deaths.

Governments are frantically trying to prevent and put down fresh outbreaks and keep their economies running as the pandemic accelerates in some parts of the world and threatens to come roaring back in others.

Many governments - national, regional and local - have been rolling back reopenings and tightening restrictions to try to stave off more waves of new cases.

Spain, which earlier in the pandemic was one of the world's hardest-hit countries, was grappling with more than 150 active outbreaks, most of them in the northern Aragon and Catalonia regions.

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