COVID-19: Global update

Hard-hit Brazil registered almost 4,200 deaths from the coronavirus on April 6, in the deadliest day of the pandemic yet for a country whose total reported toll is now over 336,000, second only to the United States.

Elsewhere in Latin America, Argentina notched a record high new daily cases with some 21,000 infections, and across the border in Chile a coronavirus surge forced the president to postpone an election to choose a commission to rewrite the country’s constitution.

Meanwhile India, a vaccine-producing powerhouse, is struggling to contain a record surge in daily infections. The capital New Delhi imposed an immediate nighttime curfew, and financial hub Mumbai imposed similar measures.

A rare breakthrough in reopening international travel occurred however when Australia and New Zealand — both largely free of the coronavirus — announced a two-way, quarantine-free travel corridor starting April 18.

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