BERLIN: The coronavirus pandemic has found fresh legs around the world, as confirmed deaths pass 600,000 and countries from the US to South Africa to India struggle to contain a surge of new infections.

Hong Kong on Sunday issued tougher new rules on wearing face masks, Spain closed overcrowded beaches and Germany reported another outbreak at a slaughterhouse.

Pope Francis said the pandemic was showing no sign of stopping and urged compassion for those whose suffering during the outbreak has been worsened by conflicts.

Confirmed global virus deaths rose to nearly 603,000, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The United States topped the list with over 140,000 cases, followed by 78,000 in Brazil.

BERLIN: The coronavirus pandemic has found fresh legs around the world, as confirmed deaths pass 600,000 and countries from the US to South Africa to India struggle to contain a surge of new infections.

Hong Kong on Sunday issued tougher new rules on wearing face masks, Spain closed overcrowded beaches and Germany reported another outbreak at a slaughterhouse.

Pope Francis said the pandemic was showing no sign of stopping and urged compassion for those whose suffering during the outbreak has been worsened by conflicts.

Confirmed global virus deaths rose to nearly 603,000, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The United States topped the list with over 140,000 cases, followed by 78,000 in Brazil.