Students walk to their school on the first day of the new school year in the West Bank city of Nablus, on Sept. 6, 2020. (File photo: Xinhua)
The total number of deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide has increased to 889,352 with the global confirmed cases reaching 27,143,630 as of 9 pm BJT on Monday, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University (JHU).
China's Hong Kong reported 11 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, with five identified under the Universal Community Testing Program (UCTP).
COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to rise sharply in some Asia-Pacific countries as India overtook Brazil to become the second hardest-hit country in the world on Monday, while cases rose to 327,359 in Bangladesh.
Russia registered 5,185 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking its caseload to 1,030,690, the country's COVID-19 response center said in a statement Monday.
A total of 388,810 positive cases of COVID-19 among Iranians was reported on Monday including 2,152 new patients overnight, according to Iran's Health Ministry.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has described the extended COVID-19 lockdown in Melbourne as "crushing" as the country recorded its lowest single-day increase in about two months.