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UAE: Israel should back off threat to annex occupied West Bank - Al Jazeera English
UAE FM Anwar Gargash said any unilateral move by Israel to annex occupied West Bank will be 'serious setback' for peace.
A senior United Arab Emirates official said on Monday that any unilateral move by Israel to annex parts of the occupied West Bank would be a serious setback for the Middle East peace process. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said cabinet discussions would begin on July 1 on his plan to extend Israeli sovereignty to territory Palestinians want for their own state. More: "Continued Israeli talk of annexing Palestinian lands must stop," Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said in a Twitter post. "Any unilateral Israeli move will be a serious setback for the peace process, undermine Palestinian self determination & constitute a rejection of the international & Arab consensus towards stability & peace." Continued Israeli talk of annexing Palestinian lands must stop. Any unilateral Israeli move will be a serious setback for the peace process, undermine Palestinian self determination & constitute a rejection of the international & Arab consensus towards stability & peace. . (@AnwarGargash) June 1, 2020 The UAE is among the US-allied Gulf states that have recently appeared to be prioritising close ties with the US - which they see as vital to countering Iran's regional influence - over their traditional policy of unswerving support for the Palestinians. Gulf states largely voiced support for a so-called "Middle East plan" proposed by US President Donald Trump in January that proposed a demilitarised Palestinian state with borders drawn to meet Israeli security needs, and US recognition of Israeli settlements - illegal under international law - on occupied West Bank land. The Palestinians, who were not consulted during the writing of the plan, rejected it. There have been several indicators in recent years that relations between Israel and the UAE were warming up. Last March, Gargash said Arab states made a "very wrong decision" in the past when they decided to not have formal relations or contact with Israel. "The strategic shift is needed actually for us to progress on the peace front," he said.
India to ease coronavirus lockdown despite record new cases - Al Jazeera English
Indian government orders authorities to identify 'containment zones' or areas that should remain under lockdown.
India has said it would begin a major relaxation of the world's biggest coronavirus lockdown from early June - but extended the lockdown until June 30 in high-risk zones. The government will allow the hospitality and retail sectors and places of worship to open from June 8 and expected authorities to ensure physical distancing rules and staggered business hours, after the country continued to report a high number of new infections. More: The home ministry ordered state governments and local authorities to identify "containment zones", or areas that should remain under lockdown. Schools and universities will resume classes after discussions with Indian state authorities, with a decision due in July. The ministry said that international air travel, mass transit, cinemas, swimming pools and bars will remain closed for the time being. Sport is still on hold, with the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket tournament yet to resume after it was postponed last month, along with political and religious events with "large congregations". Restrictions on international air travel and city train services have not been revoked but permission for intra-state travel was granted. India reported a record daily jump of 7,964 new COVID-19 infections on Saturday and has so far recorded 174,301 positive cases and 4,981 deaths, making the world's second-most populous country ninth on the list of most infections. While fatality rates in India have been comparatively low, experts warned that the pandemic's peak has not been reached as new infections are increasing. State carrier Air India said it had to recall a plane heading to Moscow to bring home stranded citizens after a crew member tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to address the nation on Sunday as his government wrestles to contain the pandemic despite imposing the world's longest lockdown. In an open letter marking the first year of his government's second term, Modi said India was on the path to victory in its battle against the virus. He said India will set "an example in economic revival" and asked the nation to show a "firm resolve". Modi also acknowledged the "tremendous suffering" of millions of migrant workers who had lost their jobs during the lockdown and have been forced to make gruelling and dangerous trips back to their hometowns. At least nine migrant workers have died on trains in recent days while travelling back to their homes, officials and local media reported on Wednesday. The deaths occurred on special trains organised by the Indian government to help transport stranded workers home. Critics said there had been a shortage of food and water on the journeys, charges that Indian Railways and the government deny. Earlier this month Modi announced a $266bn package - 10 percent of the country's GDP - to revive the battered economy.
Afghanistan to free 900 more Taliban prisoners: Government - Al Jazeera English
The move comes after President Ashraf Ghani announced release of Taliban prisoners following Eid ceasefire by Taliban.
Afghan authorities plan to release 900 more Taliban prisoners, as a rare ceasefire announced by the armed group entered its third and last day. "There is a decision to release 900 today," National Security Council spokesman Javid Faisal told AFP news agency on Tuesday. But the exact number could vary subject to legal procedures, he added. More: The Afghan government also urged the Taliban to extend the three-day ceasefire which is due to expire at midnight on Tuesday (19:30 GMT). "It is important to extend the ceasefire and, to avoid bloodshed, the Afghan government is ready to extend it," Javid Faisal, the spokesman for the Afghan national security adviser, told a news conference. The pause in fighting, which came into effect on Sunday to mark the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr, and the prisoner release offer hope of peace for the South Asian country ravaged by nearly 20 years of war. A US-Taliban agreement signed in February in Qatar's capital, Doha, stipulated that the Afghan government would release up to 5,000 Taliban prisoners while the Taliban would free about 1,000 Afghan security forces personnel. But the prisoner swap has been delayed as Afghan President Ashraf Ghani refused to release all 5,000 Taliban prisoners at once. So far, Kabul has freed about 1,000 Taliban inmates, while the armed group had released about 300 Afghan security forces it held captive. On Sunday, President Ghani's spokesman responded to the Taliban's ceasefire offer by announcing plans to release up to 2,000 Taliban prisoners. On Monday, 100 Taliban prisoners were released as a "goodwill" gesture that will likely create a positive atmosphere before the so-called intra-Afghan talks envisaged in the Doha agreement. The ceasefire, only the second of its kind in the 19-year conflict, has raised hopes of an extended truce that could pave the way for long-awaited peace talks between the Taliban and Afghan government. President Ghani has said his administration is ready to begin the negotiations, seen as key to ending the war in the impoverished country. Government negotiators would be headed by Ghani's former rival Abdullah Abdullah after the two signed a power-sharing deal last week that ended a months-long political crisis. On Tuesday, officials said the ceasefire, the country's first initiated by the Taliban, had largely been observed. The Taliban's offer of a ceasefire came just days after its leader Haibatullah Akhunzada urged Washington "not to waste" the opportunity offered by the Doha agreement that set the stage for the withdrawal of US troops from the country after more than 18 years. The only other comparable pause in violence came over Eid in 2018, an olive branch that had been offered by Ghani. Violence in Afghanistan escalated after the Taliban signed the agreement with Washington. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has welcomed the ceasefire and said the freed Taliban fighters should not return to the battlefield.
Taiwan's Tsai Ing-wen says no to 'one country, two systems' - Al Jazeera English
After inauguration for second term, island's president says Taiwan and China must find peaceful way to coexist.
Taiwan wants dialogue with China but cannot accept its proposal for "one country, two systems", President Tsai Ing-wen said on Wednesday, calling for both sides to find a way to coexist but drawing swift condemnation from China. In a speech after being sworn in for her second and final term in office, Tsai said relations between Taiwan and China had reached a historical turning point. More: "Both sides have a duty to find a way to coexist over the long term and prevent the intensification of antagonism and differences," she said. Tsai and her Democratic Progressive Party won January's presidential and parliamentary elections by a landslide, saying they would stand up to China, which claims Taiwan as its own and has not ruled out the use of force to achieve its objective. "Here, I want to reiterate the words 'peace, parity, democracy, and dialogue'. We will not accept the Beijing authorities' use of 'one country, two systems' to downgrade Taiwan and undermine the cross-strait status quo. We stand fast by this principle," Tsai said. China uses the "one country, two systems" policy, which is supposed to guarantee a high degree of autonomy, in the former British colony of Hong Kong, which was returned to Chinese rule in 1997. It has offered the same framework to Taiwan, but all major Taiwanese parties have rejected it. Tsai says Taiwan is an independent state called the Republic of China, its official name, and does not want to be part of the People's Republic of China. In response, China's Taiwan Affairs Office said China would stick to 'one country, two systems' and "not leave any space for Taiwan independence separatist activities". It added that reunification was an "historical inevitability". The Global Times tabloid, meanwhile, quoted a Chinese spokesperson saying that Tsai's party "gangs up with foreign powers to hinder peace of Taiwan Straits and use (the) pandemic to attain separatist goals." Taiwan was "severely damaging" the peace and stability of the region, it added. China has stepped up its military drills near Taiwan since Tsai's re-election, flying fighter jets into the island's air space and sailing warships around Taiwan. Tsai said Taiwan has made the greatest effort to maintain peace and stability in the narrow Taiwan Strait that separates the democratic island from China. "We will continue these efforts, and we are willing to engage in dialogue with China and make more concrete contributions to regional security," she added, speaking in the garden of the former Japanese governor's house in Taipei, in front of a socially distanced audience of officials and diplomats. Tsai said that Taiwan will continue its fight to participate in international organisations, and "bolster ties with the United States, Japan, Europe, and other like-minded countries". Taiwan has accused China of exerting pressure to keep Taiwan out of the World Health Organization (WHO). China says Taiwan is only a Chinese province with no right to the trappings of a state. The Trump administration has strongly backed Taiwan, even though the United States recognises only China's government, becoming another source of tension between Washington and Beijing. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sent his congratulations to Tsai on Tuesday, praising her "courage and vision in leading Taiwan's vibrant democracy", in a rare high-level message from Washington direct to Taiwan's government. Joe Biden, who is challenging Trump for the US presidency in November also posted a message on Twitter. "Taiwan's thriving democracy and response to COVID-19 are an example to the world," he wrote. "America's support for Taiwan must remain strong, principled and bipartisan." China cut off a formal talks mechanism with Taiwan in 2016 after Tsai won her first term. China views Tsai as a separatist bent on formal independence for Taiwan. There was no immediate reaction from Beijing to Tsai's speech.
Palestinian teen shot dead by Israeli forces | News - Al Jazeera English
Zaid Fadl Qaisia, 15, was shot in the head during raid on refugee camp in occupied West Bank, Palestinian officials say.
Israeli forces have shot dead a Palestinian teenager after raiding a refugee camp in the illegally occupied West Bank, sparking clashes with residents, according to the Palestinian health ministry. "Zaid Fadl Qaisia, 15, was shot in the head by an Israeli soldier during clashes in al-Fawar refugee camp in Hebron province," the ministry said in a statement on Wednesday. More: Four more youths were shot with live bullets - one in the abdomen, another in the chest, and the rest on the lower limbs, the ministry said. Abdelfattah Najjar, a resident of al-Fawar and Qaisi's neighbour, told Al Jazeera that dozens of Israeli soldiers had stormed the camp to arrest a different teenager. "Some of the soldiers stationed themselves on the rooftops of the houses, and Zaid was on the rooftop of his house watching them when he got shot," Najjar said. The Israeli military said troops had entered the camp to make arrests and had been met with a "violent riot" in which shots were heard and a soldier was lightly wounded. "Troops responded with riot dispersal means and live fire," the army said in a statement. "We are aware of a report regarding a Palestinian casualty and a number of injured Palestinians," it added. The Israeli army usually storms Palestinian towns to arrest Palestinians wanted by Israeli security services, but according to Najjar, the raid was undertaken to arrest 16-year-old Anas al-Halqawi for leaving insults on an Israeli soldier's Facebook page. "Anas has mental disabilities," Najjar said. "He doesn't go to school and spends his time making fun of the Israeli officer in charge of al-Fawar camp. We've given up trying to make sense of the occupation's behaviour," he added. Witnesses told Anadolu Agency the Israeli forces used live and rubber bullets and tear gas, while the Palestinians threw stones at the soldiers. Qaisia was taken to a hospital where he was declared dead. His funeral in the camp was attended by thousands of Palestinians, who chanted slogans against the Israeli occupation. #. pic.twitter.com/yWCIbE6LwB (@QudsNN) May 13, 2020 Translation: Scenes from Zaid Qaisia's funeral in al-Fawar refugee camp south of Hebron It was the second death in clashes in the occupied West Bank in as many days. On Tuesday, the Israeli army suffered its first fatality of the year when a Palestinian stone-thrower killed a soldier during a similar raid in the northern village of Yaabad.
Ashraf Ghani orders troops to resume offensive against Taliban - Al Jazeera English
The Afghan president asks military to switch to 'offensive mode' against armed groups after two deadly attacks.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has ordered the military to move to an "offensive mode" against the Taliban and other armed groups after dozens of people, including newborn babies, were killed in two separate attacks in the war-ravaged nation. "I am ordering Afghan security forces to switch from an active defence mode to an offensive one and to start their operations against the enemies," Ghani said in a televised address on Tuesday. More: At least 24 people were killed - including newborns and nurses - when gunmen stormed a maternity hospital in the capital, Kabul early on Tuesday, officials said Shortly afterwards, the ISIL (ISIS) armed group claimed it carried out a suicide blast at a funeral in the country's restive east, which left two dozen mourners dead. "Today, we witnessed terrorist attacks by the Taliban and Daesh groups on a hospital in Kabul and a funeral in Nangarhar, as well as other attacks in the country," Ghani said, using the Arabic acronym for ISIL. The US-Taliban deal The Taliban, which signed a peace deal with the US in February, denied its involvement in the attacks. Ghani's move came months after Afghan forces pledged to only react defensively to Taliban's attacks since the deal was signed in the Qatari capital Doha. The Afghan president said offensive operations were needed to "defend the country, safeguard our countrymen and infrastructure, and to repel attacks and threats by the Taliban and all other terrorist groups". In a statement on Wednesday, the Taliban warned it was "fully prepared" to counter any offensive by Afghan forces. "From now onwards the responsibility of further escalation of violence and its ramifications shall fall squarely on the shoulders of the Kabul administration," it said. National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib said on Twitter: "There seems little point in continuing to engage Taliban in peace talks." The latest killings raise new questions about the fate of a hoped-for peace process that is teetering as Afghanistan grapples with a public health crisis due to the coronavirus. The Taliban have largely refrained from launching major attacks on Afghan cities and American interests since the February deal meant to pave the way for peace talks with the Kabul government. But the so-called intra-Afghan talks hit a wall as a prisoner swap - a key part of the Doha deal - was delayed as the Ghani administration refused to release 5,000 Taliban prisoners in one go. So far, the Afghan government has released nearly 1,000 Taliban prisoners while about 100 government prisoners have been set free by the Afghan armed group. The accord will also see all US and foreign forces quit Afghanistan over the next year. Thousands of US troops have already pulled out, while a further 8,600 are expected within months. 'Big blow' to the peace process In a statement, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo condemned "the two horrific terrorist attacks" in the strongest terms, and noted that the Taliban had denied responsibility and said the lack of a peace deal left the country vulnerable to such attacks. "The Taliban and the Afghan government should cooperate to bring the perpetrators to justice," Pompeo said. The violence came just a day after four roadside bombs exploded in a northern district of Kabul, wounding four civilians including a child. Those bombings were later claimed by the ISIL group. Victoria Fontan, professor of peace studies at the American University of Afghanistan, said the latest violence was a "big blow to the peace agreement". "It shows again that the Taliban can't deliver on their promises and so I would say that today marks a milestone towards the disintegration of the agreement unless drastic measures are taken immediately by all sides, especially the Taliban," she told Al Jazeera. Mothers, newborns killed Tuesday's first attack saw gunmen storm the Barchi National Hospital as parents brought infants and children for appointments. The death toll rose to at least 24 people from 16 on Wednesday, Deputy Health Minister Waheed Majroh said, with 16 others wounded. The three attackers were eventually killed in a lengthy clearance operation. Heavily armed security forces were seen carrying infants - at least one wrapped in a blood-soaked blanket. "The fatalities also include mothers and nurses," interior ministry spokesman Tareq Arian said. More than 100 - including three foreign nationals - were rescued, he said. One of the wounded, Jamila, said she had taken a grandchild to the hospital for some vaccinations. "We were outside the hospital. I wanted to go inside when they shot me, and one of my grandchildren was killed," said Jamila, who only gave one name. The hospital is in a neighbourhood that is home to Kabul's minority Shia Hazara community - a frequent target of the ISIL fighters. The hospital is supported by the humanitarian organisation Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres, or MSF), and a number of foreigners work there. "It beggars belief that such a heinous act could be committed when Afghanistan is being ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic," UN Humanitarian Coordinator Toby Lanzer said. About an hour later, a suicide bomber killed at least 24 people at the funeral of a local police commander in eastern Nangarhar province, provincial spokesman Ataullah Khogyani said. The attacker detonated explosives in the middle of the ceremony. "We were preparing [to stand in line for the funeral] when I heard a big blast and then saw hundreds of people on the ground," said Zabit Amir, a mourner at the funeral, which others said was attended by thousands. "I did not even know who was alive or dead there."
Afghanistan: Deadly suicide attack targets funeral in Nangarhar - Al Jazeera English
At least 15 killed as attacker detonates explosives during funeral ceremony of a local commander in Nangarhar.
At least 15 people have been killed and dozens more wounded in a suicide blast at a funeral in eastern Afghanistan, according to the local government, in one of two attacks to hit the country. The attacker detonated his explosives in the middle of the funeral ceremony in Kuz Kunar district on Tuesday, Atahullah Khogyani, spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province, said. More: Zaher Adel, spokesman for the government hospital in Jalalabad, earlier said 12 bodies had arrived from the blast site and more than 50 people were being treated for injuries. Some officials spoke of a much higher death toll, however. Sohrab Qaderi, a member of Nangarhar's provincial council, said the incident had left at least 50 people dead and more than 60 wounded. A member of parliament, Hazrat Ali, survived, he added. Mourners had gathered for the funeral of the commander of the district's police force, Shaykh Akram, who died of a heart attack on Monday night, when the bomber struck, Khogyani said. Amir Mohammad, who was wounded in the blast, said thousands of people had gathered for the funeral, an event which often draws huge crowds in Afghanistan. The Taliban denied responsibility for the attack. Battle-weary Nangarhar near the Pakistan border has long been a stronghold for both ISIL (ISIS) and the Taliban and has witnessed some of the hardest fighting in recent years. Separately, attackers stormed a maternity hospital in the western part of the Afghan capital on Tuesday, setting off a gun battle with police, officials said. Afghan forces carried out newborn babies and their mothers as they evacuated the hospital. At least four people were reported wounded. The violence comes just a day after four roadside bombs exploded in a northern district of Kabul, wounding four civilians including a child. The bombings were later claimed by ISIL, according to the SITE intelligence group. In March, at least 25 people were killed by a gunman at a Sikh temple in Kabul, which was later claimed by the group. In recent months, the armed group has suffered mounting setbacks after being hunted by US and Afghan forces as well as Taliban offensives targeting their fighters, but it still retains the ability to launch major assaults on urban centres. The Taliban has largely refrained from launching huge attacks on Afghan cities since February when they signed a landmark withdrawal deal with the US meant to pave the way for peace talks with the Kabul government. Under the agreement, the Taliban promised not to target forces from the US-led coalition, but made no such pledge towards Afghan troops and has since stepped up attacks in the provinces.
Not good enough: FDA withdraws approval for some China-made masks - Aljazeera.com
A number of the Chinese-made masks failed to demonstrate a minimum particulate filtration efficiency: FDA.
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday announced that it has cancelled the approval for some manufacturers in China to sell N95 respirators in the US. The administration says the masks failed to offer adequate protection against the new coronavirus. A number of these respirators failed to demonstrate a minimum particulate filtration efficiency of 95 percent upon testing, the agency said. More: Bloomberg News is reporting that the FDA revoked clearance for about 60 Chinese face masks, but left authorisation for 14 firms in place because they demonstrated to the FDA that their products work. The FDA says it is now increasing its surveillance of masks imported from China, and will randomly test some shipments.
India should be placed on religious freedom blacklist: US panel - Al Jazeera English
India protests as US Commission on International Religious Freedom puts it on 'countries of particular concern' list.
A US government panel has called for India to be put on a religious freedom blacklist over a "drastic" downturn under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, triggering a sharp rebuttal from New Delhi. In an annual report published on Tuesday, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) said India should join the ranks of "countries of particular concern" that would be subject to sanctions if they do not improve their records. More: "In 2019, religious freedom conditions in India experienced a drastic turn downward, with religious minorities under increasing assault," the report said. The bipartisan panel recommends but does not set policy, and there is virtually no chance the State Department will follow its lead on India, an increasingly close US ally. But the lower ranking for the ally amounts to a stark show of disapproval of India's divisive new citizenship law, which the United Nations has called "fundamentally discriminatory". Trump declined to criticise the law during his February visit to India, where his meeting with Modi was punctuated by the worst violence in decades in New Delhi, in which 53 people, mostly Muslims, were killed. 'Allowed violence against minorities' The commission, by contrast, is empowered as an independent arbiter to look only at nations' religious freedom records, apart from their relationship with the US, Vice-Chair at USCIRF Nadine Maenza said. Beyond the citizenship law, Maenza said in an interview, India has a broader "move toward clamping down on religious minorities that's really troublesome". It called on the US to impose punitive measures, including visa bans on Indian officials believed responsible and grant funding to civil society groups that monitor hate speech. The commission said Modi's Hindu nationalist government, which won a convincing election victory last year, "allowed violence against minorities and their houses of worship to continue with impunity, and also engaged in and tolerated hate speech and incitement to violence." It pointed to comments by Home Minister Amit Shah, who notoriously referred to mostly Muslim migrants as "termites," and to a citizenship law that has triggered nationwide protests. It also highlighted the revocation of the autonomy of Kashmir, which was India's only Muslim-majority state, and allegations that Delhi police turned a blind eye to mobs who attacked Muslim neighbourhoods in February this year. The Indian government, which has long been irritated by the commission's comments, quickly rejected the report. "Its biased and tendentious comments against India are not new. But on this occasion, its misrepresentation has reached new levels," Foreign Ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava said. "We regard it as an organisation of particular concern and will treat it accordingly," he said in a statement. The State Department designates nine "countries of particular concern" on religious freedom - China, Eritrea, Iran, Myanmar, North Korea, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. The commission asked that all nine countries remain on the list. In addition to India, it sought the inclusion of four more - Nigeria, Russia, Syria and Vietnam. Pakistan, India's historic rival, was added by the State Department in 2018 after years of appeals by the commission. In its latest report, the commission said Pakistan "continued to trend negatively," voicing alarm at forced conversions of Hindus and other minorities, the abuse of blasphemy prosecutions and a ban on the Ahmadi sect calling itself Muslim. Citizenship law 'tipping point' India's citizenship law fast-tracks naturalisation for minorities from neighbouring countries - but not if they are Muslim. Modi's government says it is not aimed at Muslims but rather providing refuge to persecuted people and should be commended. But critics consider it a watershed move by Modi to define the world's largest democracy as a Hindu nation and chip away at independent India's founding principle of secularism. Tony Perkins, the commission's chair, called the law a "tipping point" and voiced concern about a registry in the northeastern state of Assam, under which 1.9 million people failed to produce documentation to prove that they were Indian citizens before 1971, when mostly Muslim migrants flowed in during Bangladesh's bloody war of independence. "The intentions of the national leaders are to bring this about throughout the entire country," Perkins told an online news conference. "You could potentially have 100 million people, mostly Muslims, left stateless because of their religion. That would be, obviously, an international issue," said Perkins, a conservative Christian activist known for his opposition to gay rights who is close to President Donald Trump's administration. Trump has hailed Modi and himself called for a ban on all Muslim immigration to the US when he campaigned for president. But for the first time in years, India has been facing substantial criticism in the US Congress.
UN say pandemic may cause 'human rights disaster': Live updates - Al Jazeera English
The warning comes as countries move to loosen strict lockdowns for the coronavirus, which has killed over 207,000.
- Countries around the world, including Australia, New Zealand, Iran and Spain, are moving to ease coronavirus lockdowns as daily infections and deaths slow. Italy has announced it will ease its two-month-old controls from May 4.
- The UN rights chief has warned that countries flouting the rule of law in the name of fighting the novel coronavirus pandemic risk sparking a "human rights disaster".
- At least 1.3 million Australians have downloaded the government's COVIDsafe tracing app, as support for Prime Minister Scott Morrison surges thanks to his handling of the outbreak.
- Worldwide, the number of people confirmed to have the coronavirus has risen to more than 2.99 million, and at least 207,000 have died, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Some 875,000 people have recovered.