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A woman holding her baby wearing a face mask in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 7. The country has confirmed more than 2 million COVID-19 cases. Photo: Fabio Teixeira/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The coronavirus pandemic has affected almost every nation. And case numbers are continuing to surge across the world, along with the death toll.

The big picture: Locking down to combat the virus has had a crippling effect on many economies. Global debt is expected to surpass global GDP this year following coronavirus stimulus measures. As some countries reopen economies with strict health and hygiene measures in place and others lock down again to combat rising cases, take a look at how COVID-19 has changed daily life around the world.

A host at the entrance of a restaurant to turn customers away as a curfew from 8pm to 6am takes effect in Miami Beach, Florida, on July 18 amid surging cases. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images
People physical distancing while watching wrestlers perform a ceremony ahead of their bouts at a sumo tournament in Tokyo, Japan, July 19. Photo: STR/JIJI Press/AFP via Getty Images
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron in Brussels, Belgium, on July 18, as European Union leaders hold their first face-to-face summit over a post-virus economic rescue plan. Photo: Francois Lenoir/Pool/AFP via Getty Images
A medical volunteer takes a woman's temperature at a marriage hall, temporarily converted into a coronavirus testing center, in Mumbai, India, on July 17, where case numbers exceeded 1 million nationally. Photo: Punit Paran/AFP via Getty Images
A medical worker conducts a COVID-19 test at a free testing site in New York City on July 18 as the city prepares to enter its fourth and final phase of reopening. Photo: Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images
Worshipers of Legio Maria in Nairobi attend a prayer session for the first time since March after Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta directed the places of worship to reopen under strict guidelines. Photo: Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP via Getty Images
A funeral home worker plays the violin as a deacon holds an umbrella before the cremation of a coronavirus victim at a cemetery in Bogota, Colombia, on July 17. Photo: Raul Arboleda/AFP via Getty Images
Patrons at an outdoor restaurant in downtown San Diego, California, on July 17. Photo: Sandy Huffaker/AFP via Getty Images
Cleaning takes place inside a housing complex in Melbourne in the Australian state of Victoria on July 17. The city and Mitchell Shire, Victoria, are on lockdown following a rise in COVID-19 cases. Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images
Cleaning staff in personal protective equipment carry trash boxes in a line to minimize contamination after collecting PPE used by doctors who treated coronavirus patients at a hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on July 17. Photo: Amanuel Sileshi/AFP via Getty Images
An escalator inside a Hong Kong wet market is cleaned and disinfected on July 19, as Hong Kong reported 100 new cases — its biggest one-day increase since the pandemic began, the BBC notes. Photo by Vernon Yuen/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Go deeper: Countries grapple with whether to lock back down as hotspots emerge

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Dec 9, 2020 - Health

Pennsylvania governor tests positive for coronavirus

Gov. Tom Wolf at a press conference on Oct. 1. Photo: Pete Bannan/MediaNews Group/Daily Local News via Getty Images

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D), 72, tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, and is experiencing no symptoms as he self-isolates, he tweeted Wednesday.

The big picture: Current coronavirus hospitalizations and cases are skyrocketing in Pennsylvania, as well as in many states across the U.S., per the COVID Tracking Project. Wolf tweeted on Tuesday that "hospitalizations are reaching critical levels" in his state.

Dec 9, 2020 - Health

Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine data hacked from European Medicines Agency breach

A nurse in London prepares a dose of Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 8. Photo: Frank Augstein/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

BioNTech and Pfizer announced Wednesday the European Medicines Agency was targeted by a cyberattack and regulatory documents related to their coronavirus vaccine submission were accessed.

Why it matters: The EMA is currently working to authorize coronavirus vaccines for use in European Union member states, and said it is launching an investigation into the attack. The hack is the latest in a series of attacks and warnings about cyber threats against vaccine-producers and public health agencies.

Biden will reverse Trump's attempt to lift COVID related travel restrictions

Photo: Tasos Katopodis via Getty

The incoming Biden administration will reverse President Trump's last-minute order to lift COVID-19 related travel restrictions, Jen Psaki, the incoming White House press secretary, tweeted.

Why it matters: President Trump ordered entry bans lifted for travelers from the U.K., Ireland, Brazil and much of Europe to go into effect Jan. 26, but the Biden administration will "strengthen public health measures around international travel in order to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19," Jen Psaki said. Biden will be inaugurated on Wednesday, Jan. 20 and Trump will no longer be president by the time the order is set to go into effect.