Global Coronavirus death closing inches to 400,000
More than 6.7 million infections confirmed in 188 countries and territories, including at least 395,000 deaths.
Iran Press/ America: More than 395,000 people have died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, while some 6.7 million infections have been confirmed in at least 188 countries and territories. More than 2.8 million people have recovered to date.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday that some countries have seen "upticks" in COVID-19 cases as lockdowns ease, and populations must continue to protect themselves against the coronavirus.
US President Donald Trump has called for a shift in strategy against the coronavirus pandemic to focus resources on protecting "high-risk populations" as he pushes for a total end to stay-at-home orders in states throughout the country.
More than 108,000 Americans have died and more than 1.8 million have been infected in the US with the coronavirus.
India's COVID-19 fatalities have passed 6,000 after it registered 260 deaths in the last 24 hours. The country registered 9,304 new cases in yet another record single-day spike in infections, raising its totals to 216,919 cases with 6,075 deaths, the health ministry reported on Thursday.
The coronavirus death toll in Brazil soared to a new daily record, with 1,473 fatalities logged at the end of Thursday. With more than 34,000 deaths, Brazil now has the third-highest toll in the world.
Even as South Africa eases its coronavirus lockdown, infection numbers have started to rise quickly and President Cyril Ramaphosa has said he is particularly concerned about the province around Cape Town.
Western Cape, whose Table Mountain and wine tours make it a leading tourist destination, has become the country's main coronavirus hotspot, with around two-thirds of the country's total 40,792 cases. It has also recorded 651 out of the country's total of 848 deaths.
Russia reported 8,726 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Friday, pushing the total number of infections to 449,834.
Officials said 144 people had died in the last 24 hours, bringing the official nationwide death toll to 5,528.