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The Americas and South Asia continue to be the hot spots, but cases in Europe rise for the first time in months.
Also, the US Supreme Court turns down a California church's request to ease the state's restrictions.
Another study of hydroxychloroquine was paused to look for safety signals, with some nations banning its use.
Experts say activity isn't under control in 24 states.
In other international developments, case surges stretch health systems in Russia and Brazil, and France reports illnesses associated with recent school reopenings.
France has reported COVID-19 outbreaks at 5,340 nursing homes since Mar 1.
As global deaths approach 150,000, the WHO says it will issue guidance over the weekend on serologic testing.
The global case total rose to just under 2 million, including more than 125,000 deaths.
Pandemic activity is increasing rapidly in Africa, up 185% from the previous week, the WHO says.
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