COVID-19 activity continues to rise sharply in parts of Eastern Europe such as Russia and Belarus, as cases soar in parts of Africa, and countries in Asia shore up efforts to stem rising case numbers.
The global total today climbed to 2.5 million cases from 185 countries, with deaths reaching 175,812, according to the Johns Hopkins online dashboard.
Russia, Belarus are hot spots
Russia today reported another record high daily number of cases, adding 5,642 more to lift its overall count to 42,763, the Moscow Times reported. Moscow is the country’s main hot spot, residents are under a stay-at-home order, and local health officials have warned that the city is in for difficult weeks ahead.
As another measure, health officials rolled out a digital permit