Coronavirus: Latest Global Developments

Fans ignore social distancing guidelines to celebrate Liverpool winning the Premier League title outside Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north west England on 25 June, 2020. (AFP Photo)

Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:

India's Surge

India now has more than 500,000 confirmed cases, according to government figures that show a record daily leap of 18,500 new infections.

"Unlike China, where the pandemic was relatively more concentrated around Wuhan and a few other cities, India has a more diffused spread that makes it a bit more challenging for the healthcare system," says Anant Bhan, a leading public health expert

India may see several peaks in coming months because the spread of the virus "is variable across the country", he says.

More Than 494,000 Deaths

The pandemic has killed at least 494,337 people worldwide since it surfaced in China late last year, according to an AFP tally at 1100 GMT on Saturday, based on official sources.

The United States (US) has the most deaths with 125,039, followed by Brazil with 55,961, Britain with 43,414, Italy with 34,708 and France with 29,778.

New Lockdown In Buenos Aires

Argentina's President Alberto Fernandez announces a toughening of lockdown measures in the capital and its surrounding area in a measure due to last until 17 July with "only essential services and some industrial zones" remaining operational.

With cases on the rise, the Buenos Aires metropolitan area will be closed down and from 1 July people will be asked to return to isolation at home and only leave for essential provisions.

Iran's Economic Woes

Iran's supreme leader warns the country's economic problems will worsen if the virus spreads unchecked, saying the initial momentum to contain it had since "waned".

Official figures have shown a rising trajectory in new confirmed cases since early May.

Microsoft Rethinks Its Retail

Microsoft says it will close all of its stores and move its retail operations online, keeping just four locations and transforming them into "experience centres" in a move that means the more than 80 Microsoft stores closed due to the pandemic will not reopen.

Liverpool Football Fans Chided

Liverpool has criticised some of its own fans for "wholly unacceptable" behaviour ignoring social distance guidelines after they crowded parts of the city to celebrate the football team's first top flight title win in 30 years. – AFP Photo