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  • Italy has recorded the lowest daily COVID-19 death toll since March 1, a week before the country entered into national closure. There were eight additional deaths reported, bringing the deaths across the country to 34,716. There were 175 new cases, bringing the total count to 240,136.

  • The United States reported at least 2.5 million cases of the new coronavirus, an increase of more than 44,000 cases from its previous count, according to the Johns Hopkins University count. The death toll has already reached more than 125,000.

  • Brazil registered 38,693 new cases of the new coronavirus in the last 24 hours and an additional 1,109 deaths, the Ministry of Health said. The nation has now recorded 1,313,667 total confirmed cases of the virus and 57,070 deaths.

  • According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 9.94 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with COVID-19, while more than five million have recovered. At least 498,100 people died as of 0100 GMT on Sunday.

Here are the latest updates:

Sunday June 28

02:00 GMT – South Korea reports increase in new cases

South Korea’s new coronavirus infections rose again on Sunday with 62 new cases, including 40 local infections, bringing the total to 12,715, the Yonhap news agency reported, citing the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( KCDC).

The new count exceeds 51 cases reported on Saturday, reaching more than 60 for the first time since June 20.

The government reported no additional deaths, with the total deaths remaining at 282, a death rate of 2.22 percent. More than 11,300 patients have recovered.

01:25 GMT – China reports 17 new cases of COVID-19, including 14 in Beijing

Mainland China reported 17 new cases of coronavirus on Sunday, mainly in the Chinese capital of Beijing, according to Reuters news agency, citing government figures.

The National Health Commission said 17 new infections were confirmed on Saturday, compared to 21 the day before. In Beijing, 14 new confirmed cases were reported, up from 17 the previous day.

Since June 11, when Beijing reported its first case in the current outbreak, 311 people in the city of more than 20 million have contracted the virus.

China has at least 83,500 confirmed cases. The country’s death toll is 4,634.

01:08 GMT – Mexico reports 4,410 new cases, 602 deaths

The Mexican Ministry of Health reported on Saturday that 4,410 new confirmed coronavirus infections and an additional 602 deaths, bringing the total in the country to 212,802 cases and 26,381 deaths, according to the Reuters news agency.

The government has said that the actual number of infected people is probably significantly higher than the confirmed cases.

00:30 GMT – Serbian Minister of Defense, positive speaker test for coronavirus


People suspected of having coronavirus disease stand outside the Hospital for Infectious and Tropical Diseases of the Serbian Clinical Center in Belgrade on Friday. [Marko Djurica/Reuters]

The Serbian government says Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Defense Ministry said in a statement released Saturday that Vulin has no symptoms of the virus and is feeling well.

Vulin, known for his highly pro-Russian stance, was part of the Serbian delegation led by President Aleksandar Vucic who attended the Victory Day parade this week in Moscow. Vucic met face-to-face with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but it was unclear whether Vulin did as well.

Maja Gojkovic, speaker of the Serbian parliament, also tested positive, according to the state-run Tanjug news agency on Saturday.

Serbia has so far recorded more than 13,500 cases and 265 deaths from COVID-19.

00:10 GMT – Brazil will jointly produce a vaccine with Oxford, a pharmaceutical company

The Brazilian government announced an agreement with the University of Oxford and the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca to produce a promising coronavirus vaccine that is being tested.

Brazilian health ministry officials said at a press conference on Saturday that the country will pay $ 127 million and receive material to produce 30.4 million doses in two batches in December and January, allowing it to quickly start inoculation efforts. if the vaccine is certified to be Safe and effective.

The total agreement is for 100 million vaccines for a country of approximately 210 million residents. It will be produced by local vaccine maker Fiocruz.

British researchers began testing the experimental injection in May with the aim of immunizing more than 10,000 people, including the elderly and children. The vaccine is one of about a dozen in the early stages of human testing.

Brazil, where coronavirus infections are still on the rise, has more than one million confirmed cases and more than 55,900 deaths.


Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continued coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I am Ted Regency in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. For all the key developments from yesterday, June 27, go here

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