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COVID-19 Informer: 'We still have a long way to go in this pandemic'

Just part of the Johns Hopkins University map which details coronavirus cases across the world.
Just part of the Johns Hopkins University map which details coronavirus cases across the world.

While the pandemic is slowing in parts of Europe and Asia, that's not the case globally.

The World Health Organisation reported 106,000 on Wednesday alone - the most on any single day since the pandemic began.

WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said two-thirds of those cases came from just four countries.

The US currently has the most cases, with 1.5m, followed by Russia, Brazil and the UK.

"We still have a long way to go in this pandemic," WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. "We are very concerned about rising cases in low and middle income countries."

For instance, scientists have warned at least 40,000 people could die with coronavirus in South Africa by the end of the year.

Worldwide nearly five million coronavirus cases have been recorded, according to Johns Hopkins University, with more than 325,000 deaths. There have been more than 1.87 million recoveries.

In Australia, the death toll stands at 100 and there are 7079 confirmed cases.

And the world continues to adapt to measures aimed at restricting the virus' spread.

Britain's University of Cambridge has scrapped face-to-face classes for the next full academic year.

Lectures will be held virtually and classes streamed online until the summer of 2021 as the university "expected social distancing requirements would stay in place nationally for some time".

It comes after a decision from Manchester University earlier in the week to scrap all face-to-face classes for the next term.

In South Korea, hundreds of thousands of high school seniors had their temperatures checked and used hand sanitisers as they returned on Wednesday, many for the first time since late last year.

Students and teachers were required to wear masks and some schools installed plastic partitions around desks.

In brighter news, Greece, which is considered to have dealt with the virus efficiently, will open its borders to holidaymakers from overseas from July.

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