• Globally, the rate of new infections shows no sign of slowing. Even countries that had appeared to have curbed the spread of the virus have recently seen a rise in new cases, signaling the battle is far from over.
Yesterday 284 357 new coronavirus cases were reported. Meanwhile 7-day average currently stands at 260 634 . Source: Worldometers
• Today Croatia reported record number of 208 new infections. Some neighbouring countries tighten measures for travel to Croatia. From this weekend bars and nightclubs will be closed after midnight for a period of 10 days, in order to reduce the number of infections.
• Spanish authorities ordered the closure of nightclubs, banned drinking in outdoor public areas and smoking when keeping a safe distance from people is impossible due to the rising numbers of new COVID-19 cases. Bars and restaurants will also have to close by 1 a.m. as part of the new restrictions. Yesterday almost 3,000 new cases were recorded. Spain has the highest number of COVID-19 infections in Western Europe.
• Victoria, Australia's second most populous state, recorded 14 more deaths on Friday, one a man in his 20s, the youngest fatality so far. The state also recorded 372 new cases, a jump of nearly 100 infections from the previous day which was the lowest in more than three weeks.
• Both Peru and Mexico have reported more than 500,000 infections to date and have some of the highest death rates in the world.
• France reported over 2,500 new cornavirus cases for the second day in a row on Thursday, levels not seen since mid-April when the country was in the middle of one of Europe's strictest lockdowns.
Latin America is the epicentre of the pandemic, according to the World Health Organization. However situation is also starting to get worse in Europe, especially in the Balkan region. Source: Financial Times