Summary of foreign news update across the world.
The number of coronavirus infections has hit 16 million worldwide, while more than 645,400 people have died, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. More than 9.28 million patients have recovered.
Florida overtakes New York in coronavirus cases
Florida city has overtaken New York in the coronavirus cases, with the latest figures from the state’s health department on Sunday.
The Sunshine State has reported 423,855 total cases, up 12,180 in the last 24 hours. New York, once the epicentre of the US outbreak has 411,200 total, seeing just hundreds of daily new infections.
California, with a population of nearly 40 million, about twice Florida’s, is now the worst hit state, nearing 450,000 cases.
Mexico state health minister dies after being hospitalised for COVID-19
The health minister of the Mexican state of Chihuahua, Dr. Jesus Grajeda, has died, Chihuahua’s governor said on Sunday, nearly two weeks after Grajeda was hospitalized with COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
“I have no words to express all my feelings in this moment, except for profound sadness,” Chihuahua Governor Javier Corral wrote on Facebook on Sunday morning, saying Grajeda had died of heart failure.
With more than 385,000 confirmed cases and nearly 43,500 deaths as of Saturday, Mexico has the world’s fourth-highest death toll from the coronavirus.
Latin America leads world in coronavirus cases, Reuters tally shows
Coronavirus cases in Latin America for the first time have surpassed the combined infections in the United States and Canada, a Reuters tally showed on Sunday, amid a surge of infections in Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Colombia and Argentina.
The quickly growing number of cases make Latin America the region most impacted by the pandemic globally, with 26.83 percent of worldwide cases.
Florida records 9,300 new cases, blows past New York
Florida on Sunday became the second state after California to overtake New York, the worst-hit state at the start of the US novel coronavirus outbreak, according to a Reuters tally.
Total COVID-19 cases in the Sunshine State rose by 9,300 to 423,855 on Sunday, just one place behind California, which now leads the country with 448,497 cases. New York is in third place with 415,827 cases.
Still, New York has recorded the most deaths of any US state at more than 32,000 with Florida in eighth place with nearly 6,000 deaths.
India repatriates 814,000 citizens stranded abroad
The Indian government has repatriated 814,000 citizens stranded abroad amid the coronavirus pandemic since May, the country’s civil aviation minister said.
“More than 814K stranded Indians have returned through various means under VBM [Vande Bharat Mission] since 6 May 2020, out of which more than 270K returned on flights from 53 countries.” Hardeep Singh Puri said on Twitter.
In May, New Delhi launched an operation dubbed Vande Bharat Mission to evacuate citizens stranded in many countries due to COVID-19 restrictions.