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Latest Coronavirus developments from around the world

The pandemic has killed at least 4,013,756 people since the virus first emerged in December 2019

July 11, 2021
Latest Coronavirus developments from around the world

PARIS: Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:

- EU hits goal of 70% vaccines for adults -

The European Union has hit its target of delivering enough coronavirus vaccine to cover 70 percent of the adult population, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Saturday.

The 27 EU member state governments are responsible for administering the vaccines -- and some are working much faster than others -- but von der Leyen stressed: "The EU has kept its word."

- Russia´s virus deaths hit another pandemic high -

Russia reports 752 coronavirus deaths Saturday, a national record of pandemic-related fatalities over a 24-hour period, as the country battles a third wave.

Russia has now set seven new pandemic highs for Covid-19 deaths in the last 12 days as it fights a surging outbreak driven by the highly infectious Delta variant and a sluggish vaccination campaign.

- Record cases in S. Korea for 3rd day in a row -

Seoul reported 1,378 new coronavirus cases Saturday, a record high for the third day in a row as South Korea prepares to impose its highest-level curbs in the greater capital area next week.

The country had previously been held up as a model of how to combat the pandemic, with the public largely following social distancing and other rules, but it was slow to start its vaccine roll-out due to supply shortages.

- Opera superstar Netrebko reopens live performances in Athens -

Russian operatic superstar Anna Netrebko makes a rare appearance in Athens on Saturday in an all-star concert that will mark the reopening of live performances at the Greek National Opera even as authorities sound the alarm over a resurgence in coronavirus infections.

- Seydoux may miss Cannes after catching virus -

French actress Lea Seydoux may miss the Cannes film festival -- where she is appearing in four movies -- after testing positive for Covid-19.

Rumours have been rife in Cannes for days that a big star had caught the virus. But the festival´s director Thierry Fremaux insists there is "no Cannes cluster".

- Fans banned at more Olympic venues -

Japan´s northern Fukushima and Hokkaido regions have banned spectators from Olympic competitions in their areas, expanding unprecedented steps to hold the Games mostly behind closed doors due to the pandemic.

The announcements by their regional governors reversed a decision Thursday evening by Olympic organisers to save competitions outside the greater Tokyo area for live viewing.

- No gathering for Euro final -

London police warn England fans not to gather in large numbers in the British capital for Sunday´s Euro 2020 final at Wembley, with nationwide virus restrictions still in force.

- Four million dead -

The pandemic has killed at least 4,013,756 people since the virus first emerged in December 2019, according to an AFP compilation of official data.

The United States is the worst-affected country with 606,476 deaths, followed by Brazil with 530,179, India with 405,939, Mexico with 234,458 and Peru 193,909.

The World Health Organization says up to three times more people have died directly or indirectly due to the pandemic than official figures suggest.