In a grim milestone, Mexico has surpassed the U.K.as the country with the third highest death count from COVID-19 with more than 46,000.
On Friday, Mexican health officials reported 688 new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the total of fatalities to 46,688, among almost 425,000 infections. To date, over 17.5 million people have been infected with the coronavirus worldwide, with over 677,000 fatalities, according to Johns Hopkins University.
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The semi-autonomous region reported more than 100 new cases as of Saturday - among the population of 7.5 million.
Until now, Vietnam had been relatively spared amid the pandemic, compared with some of its neighbors, with the total number of confirmed cases standing at just 509 as of Friday morning, according to the Vietnam News Agency. A total of 278,618 people have recovered from the disease.
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Assistant Health Secretary Hugo López-Gatell said late Friday that "I express my respect" to the nine of Mexico's 32 state governors who called for his resignation, adding "I hope we can continue to work together".
The global pandemic has affected almost every aspect of this year's Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, with as few as 1,000 pilgrims already residing in Saudi Arabia taking part, down from 2.5 million last year.
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"Most of the world's people remain susceptible to this virus, even in areas that have experienced severe outbreaks", Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in London.