(Bloomberg) -- Global coronavirus cases topped 60 million. German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Germans to do more to rein in the pandemic as the nation saw a record daily jump in new cases and virus-related deaths reached a seven-month high.Merkel also called on Europe’s ski resorts to close this winter to halt the spread of the illness. Elsewhere, South Korea recorded the most daily infections since March, with numbers expected to remain elevated into early December.In the U.S., the Supreme Court blocked New York Governor Andrew Cuomo from imposing attendance caps at synagogues and Roman Catholic churches in Covid hotspots. California and Texas broke daily infection records, while an outbreak is accelerating in the Southwest and Rocky Mountain regions. Meanwhile, the White House considers lifting entry restrictions on non-U.S. citizens arriving from Europe.Key Developments:Global Tracker: Cases near 60.4 million; deaths top 1.4 millionBiden warns of ‘long, hard winter’ for virus in somber addressAs virus ravages U.S. jails, Korea may provide a templateAirline claims that flying is safe stir doubts among expertsThe best and the worst places to be in the coronavirus eraWorld’s biggest glove producer at risk as pandemic hits homeCovid vaccine rush in China raises fears of booming black marketSubscribe to a daily update on the virus from Bloomberg’s Prognosis team here. Click CVID on the terminal for global data on coronavirus cases and deaths.Merkel Frets Over Ski Resorts (6:05 p.m. H.K. )Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Germans to do more to rein in the coronavirus to avoid the “worst-case scenario” of an overburdened health care system. Restrictions extended and expanded on Wednesday night will likely remain in place until early January, Merkel said.Europe should shut down its ski resorts this winter to prevent a renewed virus uptick, according to Merkel. She said that any non-essential travel needed to be avoided and that Europe would look “whether we can shut down all ski resorts.” But given Austria’s opposition, that won’t be easy, she said.On a more upbeat note, a vaccine may be available before Christmas, Merkel said.Singapore Finds First Local Covid-19 Case After Nearly Two Weeks (5:45 p.m HK)Singapore confirmed its first case of locally transmitted Covid-19 in almost two weeks, the country’s health ministry said. The government said the case was identified in the community and no new cases in the foreign worker dormitories have emerged.Serious Covid-19 Cases Rise in Tokyo (2:53 p.m. HK)Tokyo reported another increase Thursday in severe cases of Covid-19, to 60 from Wednesday’s 54, a day after the city asked residents to avoid unnecessary trips outdoors.Tokyo reported 481 new infections in all on Thursday. Serious cases, which the city defines as those requiring a ventilator or ECMO machine, have surged almost 50% this week.Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike is using serious cases, rather than the total number of new infections, as her “red line” for requesting further limits on businesses. The first of those came Wednesday, when she asked bars and restaurants to close at 10 p.m., with reports warning that closing times could be moved back earlier if severe cases continued to rise.Yasutoshi Nishimura, the minister in charge of Japan’s virus response, said the government could look at imposing another state of emergency if it isn’t brought under control. Japan has a record 410 coronavirus patients in serious condition, TV Asahi reported.Philippines to Buy 2 Million Doses of AstraZeneca Vaccine (2:44 p.m. HK)The Philippines will sign an agreement Friday to buy two million doses of Covid-19 vaccine from AstraZeneca Plc. Included in the agreement are private companies that will help pay for the purchase, said Carlito Galvez, the country’s vaccine czar. A similar arrangement can be done with other vaccine manufacturers if the transaction is non-profit and they can bring down prices, he said.The government aims to vaccinate as many as 30 million people a year, probably starting in the second quarter of next year, he said. Galvez on Wednesday said the Philippines, which has the second-worst outbreak in Southeast Asia, plans to buy as many as 50 million doses from China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd.Germany Sees Record Caseload After Shutdown Extended (2:42 p.m. HK)Germany registered a record increase in new virus cases, bringing the total to just under 1 million, hours after the government extended a partial shutdown to check the disease’s spread.There were 32,687 new infections in Europe’s biggest economy in the 24 hours through Thursday morning, lifting the total to 995,879. The number of deaths rose by 378, the most since mid-April, and has now exceeded 300 for three straight days for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic. South Korea Surge Expected to Wane Next Week (2:20 p.m. HK)South Korea’s daily Covid-19 infections jumped to nearly 600, the most since March, with the spike expected to wane next week as the impact of stricter social-distancing measures is felt.Korea Disease Control & Prevention Agency on Thursday reported 583 coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours, compared to 382 a day earlier, and officials expect the caseload to remain at 400-600 per day through early December. The spike comes days after the country imposed stricter social-distancing measures, including limiting restaurant hours and social gatherings, the second time restrictions have been tightened in the past two weeks.An agency official said virus transmission has been driven by younger people who have a higher level of social activity, and the path of infection has diversified, with more smaller clusters now seen from a wider geographic area.Supreme Court Backs Churches, Synagogues on N.Y. Curbs (1:15 p.m. HK)A sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court blocked New York Governor Andrew Cuomo from reimposing strict attendance caps at worship services at some synagogues and Roman Catholic churches in parts of Brooklyn and Queens that have become Covid hotspots.With Justice Amy Coney Barrett in the majority, the court voted 5-4 to bar Cuomo from enforcing his Oct. 6 “Cluster Initiative” against houses of worship that sued to challenge the restrictions. The initiative was aimed at stemming the outbreak in areas seeing a surge in cases. Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court’s liberal wing in dissent.South African Hospitals Warn of Holiday Virus Surge (1:01 p.m. HK)South African hospital operators have warned of a potential surge in coronavirus cases during the December holiday season, when millions of people travel to holiday destinations, home towns and villages. The pandemic peaked in Africa’s most industrialized economy in late July, but case numbers have picked up again before the busiest time of the year for intra-provincial journeys and social gatherings.“It is not the time to let your guard down, we must hold onto lessons from the first wave,” Netcare Ltd. Chief Executive Officer Richard Friedland said. “The numbers in the Eastern Cape are very serious and the surge at the moment is mimicking the first wave. We are also seeing increasing cases in the Western Cape.”H.K. to Require Tests for Suspected Covid Patients (12:24 p.m. HK)Hong Kong’s government will empower doctors to mandate Covid-19 tests for suspected virus patients starting Saturday, Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan said Thursday. The measure will last until Dec. 11.India Reports 45,000 More Cases (12:08 p.m. HK)India reported nearly 45,000 new Covid-19 cases Thursday, bringing its total recorded outbreak to 9.27 million -- the largest in the world after the U.S. -- with 135,223 deaths.The number of daily infections has fallen by more than half from a mid-September peak above 97,000, but the drop has raised questions over India’s testing regime and whether it reflects the true state of the local epidemic.Mexico Hospital Beds Filling Up Fast (10:42 a.m. HK)Mexico reported 10,335 new Covid-19 cases Wednesday night, bringing the total to 1,070,487, according to data released by the Health Ministry. Deaths rose 858 to 103,597.In Mexico City, 61% of hospital beds with ventilators are occupied, up from 53% a week earlier. Mexico has been criticized for its lack of testing, with officials acknowledging the country’s actual virus toll is probably much higher than reported.Tokyo Joins Wave of Bond Sales for Pandemic Relief (10:17 a.m. HK)The Tokyo Metropolitan Government plans to price a 60 billion yen bond ($575 million) Friday, with the proceeds used to offer small-to-mid sized companies long-term funding at low interest rates.The city’s decision to specify the use of proceeds for pandemic-related relief “resonated with a lot of investors,” according to Kosuke Suzuki, deputy director of the bond section at Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s finance bureau.Borrowers globally sold more than $100 billion of so-called social debt in the first 10 months of the year, much of it fueled by government demand for funds during the pandemic. This is the first bond from a Japanese municipality that specifies the money must be used for the pandemic as the country’s caseload hit a record this month.Malaysia to Require Testing of Foreign Workers (8:59 a.m. HK)Malaysia will impose mandatory Covid-19 screening for 1.7 million foreign workers due to the high number of cases in the group, Star reports, citing Defense Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob.Employers should get workers tested early and “pay the bill rather than waiting for the disease to spread, as factory operators will suffer greater losses when their premises are forced to shut down,” Ismail said. The government also will impose a 50,000 ringgit ($12,240) fine per worker on employers that house foreign workers in crowded spaces.Hanmi Pharm Rises on Vaccine Manufacturing Report (8:57 a.m. HK)Shares rise as much as 11% after Maeil Business Newspaper reports the Korean company is in talks with global pharmaceutical firms to make genetic vaccines for Covid-19 on contract. Hanmi Pharm can produce as many as 100 million units of genetic vaccines annually, the report says, citing the firm.U.S. Considers Lifting European Entry Rules (5:26 p.m. NY)Several federal agencies have recommended that the White House lift an entry ban on non-U.S. citizens arriving from Europe that was put in place to slow the spread of Covid-19.The organizations, which participate in the White House Coronavirus Task Force, have signed off on lifting the restrictions, said two people briefed on the discussions. The Homeland Security Department imposed the rules after a presidential proclamation on March 11. The rules applied to 28 European nations and were expanded to Brazil on May 25.It’s unclear whether White House officials, including President Donald Trump, will go along with lifting the ban or what the timing of a decision will be, said the people, who asked not to be identified because they weren’t authorized to discuss the issue.Texas Cases Break Daily Record (5:15 p.m. NY)Texas reported 14,648 new infections, a second straight daily record, according to figures from the Department of State Health Services.El Paso County has the most cases in the state, at 37,114, the figures show. That far exceeds infections in more populous Dallas County and Harris County, home of Houston.Biden Calls for Unity in Virus Fight (4:20 p.m. NY)President-elect Joe Biden called on Americans to unite in the face of a “long, hard winter,” using a Thanksgiving address to grieve for those lost to the pandemic and promise that the nation would beat it in the new year.“We have fought a nearly yearlong battle with a virus in this nation. It’s brought us pain and loss and frustration, and it has cost so many lives -- 260,000 Americans -- and counting,” he said in a speech in Wilmington, Delaware.Biden went on to draw an implicit contrast with President Donald Trump by calling for a different approach to combating Covid-19. “It has divided us. Angered us. And set us against one another,” he said. “I know the country has grown weary of the fight. But we need to remember we’re at war with a virus -- not with each other.”California Shatters Daily Record (2:40 p.m. NY)California reported 18,350 new virus cases, shattering the daily record set last weekend. The 14-day average rate of positive tests climbed to 5.9%, a three-month high and up 2 percentage points in just two weeks.The most populous state is grappling with a virus resurgence spreading faster than ever. Hospitalizations spiked 5.8% Tuesday to a total of 7,049, according to the state health department, and have more than doubled since the start of the month. Health Secretary Mark Ghaly warned Tuesday that hospitalizations and deaths, which trail infections by two to three weeks, are poised to surge further as cases accelerate.N.Y. Sees Most New Cases Since April (11:45 a.m. NY)New York state had 6,265 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, the highest since April 24, according to a briefing from Governor Andrew Cuomo. The overall positive testing rate was 3.62%.Hospitalizations are on the upswing in New York City. Daily admissions for Covid-like symptoms on Nov. 23 totaled 141, the highest in weeks, with 45% of those testing positive for coronavirus. The seven-day average of total hospitalizations is 647, up 38% over the past four weeks.Covid-19 “is bearing down on us, more every day,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday.State data show total hospitalizations for New York City at 931 on Nov. 22, more than double the number on Nov. 1. At the height of the outbreak in April, more than 12,000 were hospitalized for Covid.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.