Coronavirus live news: record 24-hour increase in global cases; Bogotá to re-enter strict lockdown

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Summary of the latest news

Below is a roundup of the main news from around the globe today.

  • Serbia announced a record coronavirus death toll for a single day on Friday, as the government hit back at protests over its handling of the pandemic.Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said the Balkan state recorded 18 fatalities and 386 new cases over 24 hours in what she described as a “dramatic increase.”
  • The World Health Organization reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases on Friday, with the total rising by 228,102 in 24 hours. The biggest increases were from the United States, Brazil, India and South Africa, according to a daily report.The previous WHO record for new cases was 212,326 on July 4. Deaths remained steady at about 5,000 a day.
  • Bogotá, the capital of Colombia, will go back under a strict lockdown on Monday, though this time only certain neighbourhoods at a time will be expected to stay home. In those neighbourhoods, which will rotate for two week periods, only businesses of primary need – such as supermarkets and pharmacies – will be permitted to open.
  • Florida announced 11,433 new cases, which is just shy of the unwanted record that the state set last Saturday when there were 11,458 new cases. The state also recorded 93 new deaths.Florida is now up to 244,151 confirmed cases in total, with 4,102 deaths. The numbers come even as Florida attractions like Disney World move to reopen.
  • Hospitals in Syria’s overcrowded opposition-held enclave are suspending non-emergency procedures and outpatient services following the detection of the first case of coronavirus, a leading doctor in the area said Friday.

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Serbia sees record single-day death toll after ‘dramatic increase’ in cases

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French bus driver dies days after attack by passengers who refused to wear masks

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