RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazil registered 26,417 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the highest single-day surge so far, raising the tally to 438,238, authorities said Thursday.
A total of 1,156 infected patients died in the past 24 hours, taking the death toll to 26,754, according to the country's health ministry. (Brazil-COVID-19)
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WELLINGTON -- New Zealand reported no new case of COVID-19 on Friday for the seventh day in a row, with the combined total of confirmed and probable cases staying at 1,504, according to the Ministry of Health.
The total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 remains at 1,154, which is the number reported to the World Health Organization, said a ministry statement. (New Zealand-COVID-19)
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NEW YORK -- Some 40 people were arrested in New York City on Thursday during a protest over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, local media reported.
Over 100 people gathered in Manhattan's Union Square Thursday afternoon to express their anger over what they called police brutality that led to Floyd's death. (George Floyd-NYC-Protest)
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ABUJA -- Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday directed the military to enhance their operations to end frequent attacks by gunmen and criminal gangs in the country.
Buhari gave the order following attacks by gunmen in the northwestern Nigerian state of Sokoto on Wednesday, in which at least 70 people were killed, according to local media. (Nigeria-Attack-Military Operations)