Oil prices dipped on Monday as rising coronavirus cases upset hopes for a smooth recovery in fuel demand, with the main crude benchmarks on track for their first monthly falls in multiple months after last week's slips.
A spike in new coronavirus cases in South Korea has prompted authorities to reimpose tighter social distancing curbs in Seoul, but that didn’t stop thousands of demonstrators from protesting against President Moon Jae-in’s policies.
Peru surpassed half a million coronavirus cases and has the highest fatality rate in Latin America, according to Health Ministry data on Thursday, as the government struggles to contain a recent surge of infections.
Coronavirus cases in Latin America for the first time have surpassed the combined infections in the United States and Canada, a Reuters tally showed, amid a surge of infections in Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Colombia and Argentina.
The coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 565,000 people out of nearly 13 million registered cases worldwide, has been accelerating sharply since the start of July, according to a count carried out by AFP from official sources.
Iran’s Health Ministry spokeswoman on Friday said the confirmed coronavirus cases in the country rose to 252,720, reporting 142 new deaths in the past 24 hours, which brought the total number of fatalities to 12,447.
Beijing sees drop in virus cases as Brazil passes 1m
Europe recorded more than 2.5 million coronavirus cases since the outbreak of the pandemic, with more than half the total accounted for by Russia, Britain, Spain, and Italy, according to a tally from official sources complied by AFP as of 1030 GMT Saturday.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases around the world has soared past one million and fatalities have topped 50,000 as the United States reported the highest daily death toll of any country so far.