India on Friday reported a total of 297,535 coronavirus infections, surpassing the United Kingdom to become the fourth worst affected country in the world.
The number of infections increased by 10,956 on Friday from the previous day, and the death toll reached 8,498, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.
Meanwhile, Europe could face a surge of COVID-19 infections caused by mass protests against racism over the last few days after the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in the United States, according to politicians, European Union officials and experts.
DEATHS AND INFECTIONS
* More than 7.53 million people have been reported infected with the novel coronavirus around the world and 420,808 have died, a Reuters tally showed as of 0504 GMT on Friday.
* Asian shares fell sharply on Friday after Wall Street and oil tumbled over growing concerns that a resurgence of coronavirus infections could stunt the pace of recovery in economies reopening from lockdowns.
* The economic fallout from the pandemic could plunge an extra 395 million people into extreme poverty and swell the total number of those living on less than $1.90 a day worldwide to more than 1 billion, according to a report.