US coronavirus deaths near 120,000: Live updates

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A former US Food and Drug Administration Commissioner has warned that some US states, including Texas, Florida and Arizona, could start to see an "exponential" rise in coronavirus cases this coming week. Commissioner Scott Gottlieb sounded the alarm as the US death toll hit 119,959, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally.

The World Health Organization reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases , with the total rising by 183,020 in a 24-hour period. The biggest increase was from North and South America with over 116,000 new cases, according to a daily WHO report on Sunday.

Brazil, the world's No 2 coronavirus hot spot after the United States, officially passed 50,000 coronavirus deaths, with 50,617 death toll as of the end of Sunday. It has 1,085,038 total number of cases, according to the country's health ministry.

Worldwide, at least 8.9 million people have been confirmed to have the coronavirus, At least 4.4 million have recovered, while more than 466,000 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Here are the latest updates:

Monday, June 22 00:01 GMT - Mexico to resume sending farm workers to Canada after safety deal

Mexico will resume sending temporary farm workers to Canada after the two countries reached a deal on improved safety protections for labourers on Canadian farms during the coronavirus pandemic, Reuters news agency reported.

Mexico's Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the Temporary Agricultural Workers Program (PTAT) had "entered into operation once again after a temporary pause."

Mexico said last Tuesday it would pause sending workers to farms with coronavirus infections after at least two of its nationals died from COVID-19 after outbreaks on 17 Canadian farms.

Canadian farmers rely on 60,000 short-term foreign workers, predominantly from Latin America and the Caribbean, to plant and harvest crops.


Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera's continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I'm Ted Regencia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

You can find all the key developments from yesterday, June 21, here. 

SOURCE: Al Jazeera and news agencies

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