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3:43 a.m. ET, June 29, 2020

Iran's President says the country is living through the toughest years in its history

From CNN's Ramin Mostaghim in Tehran and Mostafa Salem

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a televised statement on Sunday, June 28.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a televised statement on Sunday, June 28. WANA Pool

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in a televised statement on Sunday that this year has been the toughest in the nation's history because of United States sanctions and the spread of coronavirus.   

“From the enemy's economic war and the coronavirus pandemic, this year is the most difficult year in our country’s history," Rouhani said during his cabinet’s meeting.
“For 140 years we have not experienced such a disease”, Rouhani added.

Confirmed coronavirus cases in Iran surpassed 220,000 with deaths crossing the 10,000 mark over the past week, according to data from the Iranian health ministry.

Rouhani added that face masks are set to become mandatory starting next week in areas at risk of increased coronavirus infections. 

Despite a decrease in Iran's number of reported cases in April, infections started increasing once again in May and June. 

3:23 a.m. ET, June 29, 2020

Indian state of Maharashtra reports more than 5,000 new cases for third consecutive day

From CNN's Esha Mitra, New Delhi

The Indian state of Maharashtra reported 5,493 new cases of coronavirus on Sunday -- the third consecutive day that the state has reported more than 5,000 new cases.

That brings the state's total number of reported cases to 164,626, including 7,429 deaths. Some 86,575 patients have recovered. The state currently has 70,622 active cases, according to the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. 

Mumbai -- Maharashtra's capital -- crossed the 75,000 mark on Sunday evening. The city has the second-highest number of cases in the country after Delhi.

11:09 a.m. ET, June 29, 2020

400,000 people under new lockdown in China's Hebei province

From CNN's Shawn Deng in Beijing and Isaac Yee in Hong Kong.

Some 400,000 residents in Anxin County in China's Hebei province near Beijing have been placed under new lockdown measures amid a small increase in coronavirus cases.

Under the new lockdown measures, “all villages, communities and buildings will be fully closed off,” according to an Anxin County government statement posted on the Weibo microblogging site.

The statement adds that families are only permitted to send one family member out of their house each day to purchase supplies, and that all non-locally registered vehicles are not permitted to enter the area. 

Hebei’s Provincial Health Commission said that ever since Beijing's Xinfadi market cluster was discovered on June 11, Xiong’an New District -- where Anxin County is located -- has reported 13 locally transmitted cases and six asymptomatic cases.

The Anxin local government announcement also mentions that they have implemented the new lockdown because the pandemic prevention and control situation in the county is “still serious.”

Anxin, a relatively rural and sparsely populated county, is located around 90 miles (145 km) south of China’s capital Beijing, which had seen a spike in coronavirus cases linked to the Xinfadi market in the past two weeks. Officials have since said the outbreak in Beijing has been “basically contained.” 

China reported 12 new cases of the virus on Sunday, including seven local infections in Beijing and five imported cases across Sichuan, Liaoning and Shanghai.

2:19 a.m. ET, June 29, 2020

US reports more than 38,000 new Covid-19 cases

From CNN’s Rebekah Riess

At least 38,845 new coronavirus cases and 264 deaths were reported in the United States on Sunday, according to Johns Hopkins University.

A total of 2,548,996 Covid-19 cases have now been recorded in the US, including at least 125,804 virus-related fatalities, according to JHU's tally.

The totals include cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other US territories, as well as repatriated cases. 

CNN is tracking US coronavirus cases here:

2:08 a.m. ET, June 29, 2020

This teen invented a watch that warns you about touching your face so you don't catch coronavirus

From CNN's Alaa Elassar

Max Melia, 15, wearing his Vybpro watch.
Max Melia, 15, wearing his Vybpro watch. Vybpro

We touch our faces for many reasons: to groom, to gesture, to scratch. The act can even be soothing in times of stress. 

But in the midst of a pandemic, such an ordinary habit can quickly turn fatal -- with our hands transferring germs from contaminated surfaces to our eyes, ears, noses or mouths.

That's what inspired 15-year-old Max Melia from the United Kingdom to invent Vybpro, a watch that can help stop people from subconsciously touching their faces and possibly contracting the coronavirus. 

"Watching this pandemic unfold on the news, it was clear the devastating effect it was having on people's lives across the world," Max told CNN. "However it wasn't until I saw the severity of the virus first-hand, when both my parents contracted Covid-19, that I truly appreciated just what we were dealing with."

The watch works by recognizing gestures that are associated with hand movements toward the face. Combining unique technology and algorithms to differentiate between predicted face touchings and other hand movements, the watch vibrates every time a wearer's hand gets close to the face. Max recommends people to wear one watch on each wrist to monitor the movements of both hands.

Max and his mother, Natalie Melia, first came up with the idea in 2018 when the family was discussing ways to prevent the cold and flu. But when the coronavirus pandemic began affecting people worldwide, the rising death toll inspired Max to get to work.

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1:38 a.m. ET, June 29, 2020

India records highest daily increase in new coronavirus cases for eighth consecutive day

From CNN's Swati Gupta in New Delhi

Health workers arrive to administer free medical checkups on June 28 in Mumbai, India.
Health workers arrive to administer free medical checkups on June 28 in Mumbai, India. Rafiq Maqbool/AP

India has recorded its biggest one-day jump in new coronavirus cases for the eighth consecutive day, after 19,459 new cases were reported on Monday, according to the country's health ministry.

India has now seen more than 100,000 new Covid-19 infections in the past six days alone.

The total number of coronavirus infections recorded in India now stands at 548,318, with 16,475 deaths, the ministry said.

Of those infected, more than 320,000 have recovered from the virus.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, more than 8 million tests have been conducted in India, with more than 170,000 tests conducted Sunday. 

1:11 a.m. ET, June 29, 2020

Japan registers largest increase in new coronavirus cases since lifting emergency 

From CNN's Yoko Wakatsuki in Tokyo

Japan recorded 112 new coronavirus infections on Sunday -- the highest single-day jump since May 25 when the country lifted its state of emergency, the country's health ministry announced Monday.

The ministry said it also registered one additional coronavirus-related death. 

New coronavirus cases have been steadily rising in Japan in recent days, with more than 100 new daily cases registered for the second time in the past three days. 

The country's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Monday that the government does not believe it's necessary to reimpose a state of emergency.

Suga said the recent surge is the result of the increased proactive testing of those in close contact with the patients who have tested positive for the virus.  

Japan's capital, Tokyo, recorded its highest daily increase in new cases in about two months, posting 60 new cases on Sunday. Tokyo has reported a total of 6,114 cases.

Japan has reported a total of 18,366 coronavirus cases, including 972 deaths, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

12:37 a.m. ET, June 29, 2020

Australian state of Victoria sees highest daily coronavirus case count in months 

From CNN’s Angus Watson in Sydney

A member of the Covid-19 testing team holds a vile with a swab from a test conducted at a pop-up testing facility on June 28 in Melbourne, Australia.
A member of the Covid-19 testing team holds a vile with a swab from a test conducted at a pop-up testing facility on June 28 in Melbourne, Australia. Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images

The fourth day of a coronavirus "testing blitz" in the Australian state of Victoria returned 75 positive results on Sunday, Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos announced Monday.

Sunday’s count was the 14th consecutive day of double-digit increases in new coronavirus cases in Victoria -- and the largest single-daily increase reported by the state since March 30. 

Of the 75 cases, 74 were considered to be locally transmitted, according to the Victorian Department of Health.

“I think it’s a concerning number,” said Victorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton, adding: “I think it will get worse before it gets better.”

Testing blitz: Victorian authorities said 15,000 people were tested on Sunday and 53,000 since the "blitz" began on June 25, with tests being offered to all people living in 10 targeted hotspots in the state. The Victorian state government has sought help from the Australian Defence Force to conduct extra tests. 

There are currently 288 active cases in Victoria, with nine people in hospital in intensive care, according to the Victorian Department of Health. Victoria is home to one of Australia's largest cities, Melbourne.

Elsewhere in Australia: New South Wales -- home to Sydney, and Australia’s worst hit state since the beginning of the pandemic -- recorded just seven new daily cases as of 8 p.m. local time Sunday, according to its health department.

Australia has reported a total of 7,764 coronavirus cases, including 104 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

12:24 a.m. ET, June 29, 2020

Mexico reports 4,000 new coronavirus cases as capital city prepares to reopen

From journalist Karol Suarez in Mexico City

A worker tests swabs for coronavirus at Central de Abastos on June 19 in Mexico City, Mexico.
A worker tests swabs for coronavirus at Central de Abastos on June 19 in Mexico City, Mexico. Hector Vivas/Getty Images

Mexico reported 4,050 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, according to the country's health ministry.

The country's total number of confirmed cases now stands at 216,852.

The ministry also reported 267 new deaths, bringing the death toll to 26,648.

The new numbers come as Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced the country's capital, Mexico City, is set to begin a gradual reopening process Monday.

Mexico has recorded the seventh highest number of Covid-19 deaths worldwide.

CNN is tracking worldwide coronavirus cases here: