SABC News takes a look at top stories pertaining to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) from the country, continent, and the world.

The number of confirmed worldwide infections is 3 875 995, recoveries 1 282 930 and 270 404.

South Africa’s confirmed cases are almost 9 000 with 3 153 recoveries. Deaths have risen to 178.

On the rest of the continent, 52 African Union Member States have so far reported 54 027 cases, 2 074 deaths and 18 636 recoveries.

Below are highlights of COVID-19 stories making headlines across the world: