WORLD The latest: COVID-19 outbreak worldwide (Updated October 17)


The latest: COVID-19 outbreak worldwide (Updated October 17)

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17:50, October 17, 2020

Health workers hug each other to celebrate the closure of a temporary hospital at the National Stadium in Brasilia, Brazil, Oct. 15, 2020. (Photo: Xinhua)

The total number of deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide has increased to 1,104,903 with the global confirmed cases reaching 39,361,810 as of 5:30 pm BJT on Saturday, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

Current status (data as of 5:30 pm BJT, October 17):

The U.S. federal budget deficit soared to a record 3.1 trillion dollars in the fiscal year 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted massive fiscal stimulus and caused tax revenue to fall, official data showed Friday.

India's COVID-19 tally reached 7,432,680 and death toll 112,998 on Saturday, as 62,212 new cases and 837 deaths were reported over the past 24 hours across the country, said the latest data released by the federal health ministry.

Brazil reported 30,914 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the national tally to 5,200,300, said the health ministry on Friday.

Russia confirmed 14,922 coronavirus cases and 279 deaths on Saturday, following Friday's record daily rise for the nation, the country's COVID-19 response center said.

A total of 16,546 COVID-19 cases were reported in Argentina in the last 24 hours, taking the national count to 965,609, the Health Ministry said Friday.

The number of COVID-19 infections rose to 945,354 in the past 24 hours in Colombia, after tests detected 8,372 new cases, Colombian health authorities said Friday.

Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, his spokesperson said Saturday morning.

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Philippines surged to 354,338 after the Philippines' Department of Health (DOH) reported 2,673 new daily cases on Saturday.

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