FAST FIVE: Africa Tops 100,000 COVID-19 Cases As Global Total Nears 5.25 Million: Live Updates

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Birx offers update on state of US outbreak Chinese vaccine deemed “safe” by the Lancet NY lowest case count since early days of outbreak NJ raises gathering limit to 25 Italy says vaccine won't be ready until next year NY launches program allowing pharmacists to administer COVID tests GM delays plan to ramp up production Spain lifts lockdown conditions in Madrid Chinese airline to restart flights from US next month India reports record jump in cases as lockdown eases Russia reports record jump in deaths Russian 'hot nurse' punished for accidentally exposing underwear due to 'see-through' PPE UN warns of looming collapse of Yemen's health-care system Bulgaria allows EU residents to enter country Brazil becomes sixth country to hit 20k COVID deaths Thailand extends state of emergency even as no new cases reported Russia, Brazil drive largest daily jump in new cases Australia's largest state, New South Wales, allows up to 50 people in restaurants and bars * * * Update (1540ET): AfricaNews reports that the number of confirmed cases in Africa has passed 100,000 as epidemiologists and scientists on the Continent and elsewhere have marveled at the coronavirus's relatively slow spread across Africa, which has largely avoided the full-scale collapse of countries' health-care systems – or anything even close to that scenario.

* * * Update (1440ET): California has released its latest numbers, revealing a slight uptick in cases over the past day.

Spain has seen daily COVID-19-linked deaths drop to ~100 a day or fewer over the past week as the country's strict lockdown has clearly helped quash what was once one of Europe's deadliest outbreaks.

Additionally, India relaxed some of its travel restrictions on Friday to permit members of the Indian diaspora to reenter the country.

The number of new cases reported globally remained well above recent levels as Russia, Brazil and India pushed the number of new cases to a daily record, as outbreaks in the US and Europe slow while Russia and Brazil report unprecedented growth.

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