The number of deaths from COVID-19 surpassed 980,000 worldwide on Thursday.
By the numbers: Globally, more than 32 million million people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, Johns Hopkins data shows.
- The U.S. has reported the highest death toll and case count from the virus, with over 202,000 fatalities and over 6.9 million infections.
- Brazil has reported the second-highest number of deaths from COVID-19 — over 138,900. India has the second-highest number of cases — over 5.7 million.
- A global initiative to ensure equitable distribution of coronavirus vaccines now includes most of the world — but not the U.S., China or Russia. The COVAX initiative is an attempt to ensure doses go where they're most needed, rather than simply to countries that can produce or buy them at scale.
- The vaccine maker Novavax said it is entering the final stages of testing its vaccine in the United Kingdom and another major trial is scheduled to begin next month in the U.S., the New York Times reports.
- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced plans for a "full lockdown" after the country reported a new daily coronavirus cases record of 6,923 infections Wednesday.
- Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday that for the country's four biggest provinces, the second coronavirus wave "isn't just starting, it's already under way."
- New Zealand lifted a mandatory order for face masks on public transport for all of the country except Auckland, where restrictions eased late Wednesday, after days of reporting single-digit or zero cases.
- Saudi Arabia's residents will be permitted to go on the Umrah pilgrimage at a reduced capacity from Oct. 4 after a seven-month suspension imposed because of the pandemic, Reuters reported Tuesday.
- U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Tuesday it's likely coronavirus restrictions will remain for six months and to expect "tougher measures" if needed. From Thursday, U.K. bars and restaurants must offer table service only and close by 10 p.m.
Between the lines: Policy responses to the crisis have been every-country-for-itself and — in the case of the U.S. and China — tinged with geopolitical rivalry. But the scientific work to understand the virus and develop a vaccine has been globalized on an unprecedented scale.
Coronavirus symptoms include: Fever, cough, shortness of breath, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headaches, sore throat and a loss of taste or smell.
Editors note: The graphic includes "probable deaths" that New York City began reporting on April 14. This article has been updated with new details throughout. Check back for the latest.
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