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Our Food With Rising Sea Levels. Never Give Up
The world population keeps growing, the climate changing, and sea-levels rising. Make floating housing for coastal communities, and the future looks already much brighter. Our Food: What About Building Shelter, Generating Energy, And Producing Clean Water. In the Philippines, the architecture firm Dada set their ideas on paper for waterfront areas. But there are more companies like Seasteading, Architecture studio Goldsmith, Peter, Minke van Wingerden of Beladon, a company that specializes in waterborne architecture in the Netherlands and. Researchers at Nottingham University. The Jellyfish Barge project and the Italian Studiomobile. Worldwide there are many coastal communities. Once started for the immense amount of resources, trade, and the refreshing water can provide. Of course, there was always a fragile balance between what the climate could cause, like storms and high seas, and the resistance people could come up with to endure these stressful events.  Recommended:  Floating Cities: A Sustainable Concept For Future Communities Rising Sea Levels. Never Give Up: The Coronavirus The coronavirus pandemic has given fringe libertarian groups around the world renewed vigor to pursue their dreams of building autonomous new societies. Government-enforced lockdowns and increased digital surveillance have added fuel to their suspicions of state control. In contrast, the suspension of day-to-day norms and the specter of an economic meltdown have amplified their calls to rethink society. When you’re not sure which virus is more contagious, says the slogan of a recent meme made by Americans for Liberty. 'Covid-19, or those fine with complete government control.' Photo by Dada. Blue as the new green as a design philosophy. Dada floating houses Our Food With Rising Sea Levels: Save Shelters There was always the quest for save shelters. Now with the given of a dense population, dwindling resources, and a fast-changing climate, the stakes for saving shelters were never higher. So with the techniques, we have nowadays, and centuries of experience of living in coastal areas, floating villages, and houses on steels, It’s time to prepare for the future sustainably. Dada came up with futuristic structures that are fully adaptable to their environment. The design is mainly focussed on the circumstances in the Philippines. {youtube}                                                       Jacques Rougerie Foundation's: ‘Curunts for Currents’   The houses are powered by solar and tidal energy. This way of energy creating can also be used to earn money. Not only creates solar and tidal energy more than enough power for the floating community, but the surplus can also be sold. Recommended:  Blue Floating Energy: Wind, Solar, Hydrogen, Waves The heart of the project lies in its design, which utilizes the unique at-sea context to the structures’ operational advantage. The houses are powered by both tidal and solar energy, harvested by technological systems incorporated within the units themselves, rendering the entire community to be wholly off-the-grid and self-sufficient. Graph by Dada: floating house adapting to the wind and a tidal energy installation Another advantage is the space in these shelters where food can be grown with aquaponics techniques. These systems not only provide each unit with a sustainable primary source of power but also a means of livelihood and source of income in electricity farming for nearby inland communities. Although initially created for the Philippines environment, the modular design of these houses, as well as the use of universally available material for its main structural frame, are molded plastic, which allows for their ease in construction in practically any coastal site around the world. Recommended:  Solar Floating Energy: A Smart Blue Innovation Graph by Dada: Floating house with a tidal energy installation Our Food: A Floating Cow Farm In The Netherlands No country has more experience with coping with water than the Netherlands. Almost two-thirds of the country is situated below sea-level. For this reason alone, The Dutch had to build dikes construct pumping stations, build bridges, and locks. One of the positive outcomes of this process was not only be protected from the sea but also gained land by dry pumping low areas. Photo by Goldsmith: floating cow-farm, the Netherlands. Now Minke van Wingerden, a partner in the Rotterdam-based property development firm Beladon designed a floating cow farm. If we want to live in floating cities soon, we also have to find a way to produce food. Not only it produces milk, cheese and meat ‘next doors it also saves transport time and pollution. The cows will be kept on the second floor from a garden-like enclosure. One level up the greenhouse will produce grass, and other food will come as used grain from local breweries. On the ‘ground’ floor, there will be equipped to process and package the milk and yogurt. Robots will scoop the manure, which will be sold as fertilizer. Recommended:  Floating City: A Sci-Fi Trope Or A Salvation? Our Food: A Floating Chicken Farm Goldsmith Architecture Studio Came Up With A Floating Chicken Farm. It is the follow up from the floating cow farm. The Floating farm will not only housing chickens but also have the equipment to produce eggs and other food products. Graph by Goldsmith. The exterior of the floating chicken farm. The well-being of the chickens is one of the most critical assumptions. They will have much more space in comparison with the industrial chicken farms. The chicken farm has natural light, and the solar panels used to generate electricity also produce shade. Recommended:  The First Floating Wind-farm Is Operating In Scotland Floating Deep Farms: Growing Food Underwater At Nottingham University, researchers have developed the idea of floating deep farms. It is large vertical containers that are submerged underwater close to coastal areas. It will be possible to grow a variety of crops. The containers also can act as a ‘sink’ for CO2 capture from the local government. Prof Saffa Riffat came up with the concept. He works in the field of sustainable energy. Graph floating, submurged farm. Recommended:  Agriculture Under Water: Farming At Sea In Italy Greenhouse Floating In Rivers And At Sea: Future Of Our Food The Jellyfish Barge is a floating greenhouse consisting of a plastic dome and a base made from recycled plastic drums. The greenhouse can desalinate seawater to water the plants. A solar panel at the bottom of the barge generates the energy needed to heat the salted water and or polluted water to make it evaporate. I this way, about 150 liters of clean, sweet water is produced. This water gets many times recycled and used in the hydroponic system. The substrate where the plants grow in is from clay enriched by mineral nutrients. Photo by Matteo de Mayda  With this technique, 70% of clean water is saved in comparison with traditional cultivation. The project got executed by Studiomobile, an Italian architect duo existing out of Cristiana Favretto and professor Stefano Mancuso, a botanist from the University of Florance. Photo by Matteo de Mayda  Our Food: Our Future Soon, many coastal areas will be affected by rising sea levels. Above shows that many organizations are preparing and testing housing and facilities to live and grow food. Not only because of rising sea levels but also when seawater submerges fertile soil, which makes the farmland useless, the above solutions could give a relive and provide shelter and food. Another solution is to start urban farming projects in and on highrise buildings, which are realized already in many countries. Having – autonomous – communities that can produce their food, clean water, and energy on a small scale is crucial to survive future challenges. Photo by Dada. Floating houses The area of building large structures has come to an end. Future buildings and communities will be small, self-reliant, and modular. Cover photo. All residential units are modular and accompanied by co-working spaces, fab labs, recycling plants, science labs, educational hotels, sports fields, and aquaponic farms. Before you go! Recommended:  Tiny Houses Tips And Tricks: Minimalistic Living Experience Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about green architecture?  What you gain?  Extra: Global exposure, a valuable backlink!
The world population keeps growing, the climate changing, and sea-levels rising. Make floating housing for coastal communities, and the future looks already much brighter. Our Food: What About Building Shelter, Generating Energy, And Producing Clean Water. In the Philippines, the architecture firm Dada set their ideas on paper for waterfront areas. But there are more companies like Seasteading, Architecture studio Goldsmith, Peter, Minke van Wingerden of Beladon, a company that specializes in waterborne architecture in the Netherlands and. Researchers at Nottingham University. The Jellyfish Barge project and the Italian Studiomobile. Worldwide there are many coastal communities. Once started for the immense amount of resources, trade, and the refreshing water can provide. Of course, there was always a fragile balance between what the climate could cause, like storms and high seas, and the resistance people could come up with to endure these stressful events.  Recommended:  Floating Cities: A Sustainable Concept For Future Communities Rising Sea Levels. Never Give Up: The Coronavirus The coronavirus pandemic has given fringe libertarian groups around the world renewed vigor to pursue their dreams of building autonomous new societies. Government-enforced lockdowns and increased digital surveillance have added fuel to their suspicions of state control. In contrast, the suspension of day-to-day norms and the specter of an economic meltdown have amplified their calls to rethink society. When you’re not sure which virus is more contagious, says the slogan of a recent meme made by Americans for Liberty. 'Covid-19, or those fine with complete government control.' Photo by Dada. Blue as the new green as a design philosophy. Dada floating houses Our Food With Rising Sea Levels: Save Shelters There was always the quest for save shelters. Now with the given of a dense population, dwindling resources, and a fast-changing climate, the stakes for saving shelters were never higher. So with the techniques, we have nowadays, and centuries of experience of living in coastal areas, floating villages, and houses on steels, It’s time to prepare for the future sustainably. Dada came up with futuristic structures that are fully adaptable to their environment. The design is mainly focussed on the circumstances in the Philippines. {youtube}                                                       Jacques Rougerie Foundation's: ‘Curunts for Currents’   The houses are powered by solar and tidal energy. This way of energy creating can also be used to earn money. Not only creates solar and tidal energy more than enough power for the floating community, but the surplus can also be sold. Recommended:  Blue Floating Energy: Wind, Solar, Hydrogen, Waves The heart of the project lies in its design, which utilizes the unique at-sea context to the structures’ operational advantage. The houses are powered by both tidal and solar energy, harvested by technological systems incorporated within the units themselves, rendering the entire community to be wholly off-the-grid and self-sufficient. Graph by Dada: floating house adapting to the wind and a tidal energy installation Another advantage is the space in these shelters where food can be grown with aquaponics techniques. These systems not only provide each unit with a sustainable primary source of power but also a means of livelihood and source of income in electricity farming for nearby inland communities. Although initially created for the Philippines environment, the modular design of these houses, as well as the use of universally available material for its main structural frame, are molded plastic, which allows for their ease in construction in practically any coastal site around the world. Recommended:  Solar Floating Energy: A Smart Blue Innovation Graph by Dada: Floating house with a tidal energy installation Our Food: A Floating Cow Farm In The Netherlands No country has more experience with coping with water than the Netherlands. Almost two-thirds of the country is situated below sea-level. For this reason alone, The Dutch had to build dikes construct pumping stations, build bridges, and locks. One of the positive outcomes of this process was not only be protected from the sea but also gained land by dry pumping low areas. Photo by Goldsmith: floating cow-farm, the Netherlands. Now Minke van Wingerden, a partner in the Rotterdam-based property development firm Beladon designed a floating cow farm. If we want to live in floating cities soon, we also have to find a way to produce food. Not only it produces milk, cheese and meat ‘next doors it also saves transport time and pollution. The cows will be kept on the second floor from a garden-like enclosure. One level up the greenhouse will produce grass, and other food will come as used grain from local breweries. On the ‘ground’ floor, there will be equipped to process and package the milk and yogurt. Robots will scoop the manure, which will be sold as fertilizer. Recommended:  Floating City: A Sci-Fi Trope Or A Salvation? Our Food: A Floating Chicken Farm Goldsmith Architecture Studio Came Up With A Floating Chicken Farm. It is the follow up from the floating cow farm. The Floating farm will not only housing chickens but also have the equipment to produce eggs and other food products. Graph by Goldsmith. The exterior of the floating chicken farm. The well-being of the chickens is one of the most critical assumptions. They will have much more space in comparison with the industrial chicken farms. The chicken farm has natural light, and the solar panels used to generate electricity also produce shade. Recommended:  The First Floating Wind-farm Is Operating In Scotland Floating Deep Farms: Growing Food Underwater At Nottingham University, researchers have developed the idea of floating deep farms. It is large vertical containers that are submerged underwater close to coastal areas. It will be possible to grow a variety of crops. The containers also can act as a ‘sink’ for CO2 capture from the local government. Prof Saffa Riffat came up with the concept. He works in the field of sustainable energy. Graph floating, submurged farm. Recommended:  Agriculture Under Water: Farming At Sea In Italy Greenhouse Floating In Rivers And At Sea: Future Of Our Food The Jellyfish Barge is a floating greenhouse consisting of a plastic dome and a base made from recycled plastic drums. The greenhouse can desalinate seawater to water the plants. A solar panel at the bottom of the barge generates the energy needed to heat the salted water and or polluted water to make it evaporate. I this way, about 150 liters of clean, sweet water is produced. This water gets many times recycled and used in the hydroponic system. The substrate where the plants grow in is from clay enriched by mineral nutrients. Photo by Matteo de Mayda  With this technique, 70% of clean water is saved in comparison with traditional cultivation. The project got executed by Studiomobile, an Italian architect duo existing out of Cristiana Favretto and professor Stefano Mancuso, a botanist from the University of Florance. Photo by Matteo de Mayda  Our Food: Our Future Soon, many coastal areas will be affected by rising sea levels. Above shows that many organizations are preparing and testing housing and facilities to live and grow food. Not only because of rising sea levels but also when seawater submerges fertile soil, which makes the farmland useless, the above solutions could give a relive and provide shelter and food. Another solution is to start urban farming projects in and on highrise buildings, which are realized already in many countries. Having – autonomous – communities that can produce their food, clean water, and energy on a small scale is crucial to survive future challenges. Photo by Dada. Floating houses The area of building large structures has come to an end. Future buildings and communities will be small, self-reliant, and modular. Cover photo. All residential units are modular and accompanied by co-working spaces, fab labs, recycling plants, science labs, educational hotels, sports fields, and aquaponic farms. Before you go! Recommended:  Tiny Houses Tips And Tricks: Minimalistic Living Experience Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about green architecture?  What you gain?  Extra: Global exposure, a valuable backlink!
Our Food With Rising Sea Levels. Never Give Up
Our Food With Rising Sea Levels. Never Give Up
Food Which Keeps Your Immune System Running
In  these crazy Corona times, people are eagerly Googling ways of boosting their immune system. All kinds of weird therapies - including eating spoonfuls of crushed silver or rinsing with bleach - have popped up, all meant to provide resistance against Covid-19. There are two things to be said about this. First, there is no foolproof way of protecting yourself against the virus. Second, Google is your worst enemy at times like these.   Your Immune System Running? Avoid Comfort Foods There are, however, some ways of naturally boosting your immune system to at least get your body in better shape and give you and those around you more of a fighting chance if you do happen to get a whiff of the infamous Corona.   We are hooked on all kinds of processed food, including fast food, cookies, and ice-cream. That stuff our bodies with sugar and starch, which are known natural immune-suppressants. Hence, they will make your body weaker if you do have to fight the virus. And yes, you might be on the lookout for those kinds of comfort food in these rough times, but it is not advisable. Photo by: Call me Hangry Fr Protective foods, on the other hand, will boost our immune system and make us more resilient. Not just the better option for us, but also for society at large - the more healthy people, the less of a burden they will prove to be for the healthcare system. And most of it starts in your gut. Recommended:  Getting Healthier By Eating Sustainable Food And Taking Exercise Sustainable Food: Keep Your Gut Healthy A whopping sixty percent of our immune system is holed up in our gut. Thus, keeping your stomach healthy is vital. This can be done by eating lots of probiotic and prebiotic foods. There is a difference: prebiotic foods are a fertilizer, allowing the ‘good guys’ in your gut to grow and multiply. Safe options include asparagus, artichokes, jicama, bananas, and plantains. Photo by: Martin Adams Probiotic foods, on the other hand, help you in keeping your gut bacteria thriving, healthy, and happy, preventing inflammation. You should be looking at sauerkraut, kimchi, tempeh, miso, yogurt, and kefir. Recommended:  Sustainable Food. How Is Environmental Friendly Your Diet? Your Immune System Running: Protein And Vitamins Besides these gut-friendly options, you might also want to include lots of protein in your diet. This is another crucial player in boosting your immune system: all of our natural antibodies are made of protein. Great options include eggs, almonds, chicken, oats, cottage cheese, milk, broccoli, lean beef, tuna, and quinoa.   {youtube}                                          10 Foods to boost your immunity - How to boost immunity naturally   Much has been said about viruses going away in summertime. This has a lot to do with the amount of vitamin D in our bodies, another natural immune system booster. If you are not yet lucky enough to find yourself in a sunny place (even 20 minutes spent outdoors between 10 am, and 2 pm will get you enough vitamin D for the day!), supplements will do.   Recommended:  Coronavirus COVID-19 Symptoms Flu And Global Climate Change When taking multivitamins, make sure that it includes vitamin C, this highly coveted vitamin D, and some zinc. Would you like to ‘naturally’ increase your vitamin levels? Vitamin C can be found in chili peppers, guavas, sweet yellow peppers, blackcurrants, thyme, parsley, kale, kiwis, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, lemons, lychees, strawberries, and oranges. You can look for vitamin D in fatty fish, including tuna, mackerel and salmon, beef liver, cheese, and egg yolks.   Photo by: Johnny Martínez Which Sustainable Food Keeps Your Immune System Running? The Pillars Of Health Eating your daily dose of broccoli will not get you there. Your total diet has to be rich in nutrients, while you should not forget about the other three pillars of health: sleep, exercise, and stress reduction. Your immune system will thank you later.   Cover photo: Henry Jager Before you go! Recommended:  Eating insects Is Healthy, Tasty, And Cool: the United States . Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about healthy food? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage.'
In  these crazy Corona times, people are eagerly Googling ways of boosting their immune system. All kinds of weird therapies - including eating spoonfuls of crushed silver or rinsing with bleach - have popped up, all meant to provide resistance against Covid-19. There are two things to be said about this. First, there is no foolproof way of protecting yourself against the virus. Second, Google is your worst enemy at times like these.   Your Immune System Running? Avoid Comfort Foods There are, however, some ways of naturally boosting your immune system to at least get your body in better shape and give you and those around you more of a fighting chance if you do happen to get a whiff of the infamous Corona.   We are hooked on all kinds of processed food, including fast food, cookies, and ice-cream. That stuff our bodies with sugar and starch, which are known natural immune-suppressants. Hence, they will make your body weaker if you do have to fight the virus. And yes, you might be on the lookout for those kinds of comfort food in these rough times, but it is not advisable. Photo by: Call me Hangry Fr Protective foods, on the other hand, will boost our immune system and make us more resilient. Not just the better option for us, but also for society at large - the more healthy people, the less of a burden they will prove to be for the healthcare system. And most of it starts in your gut. Recommended:  Getting Healthier By Eating Sustainable Food And Taking Exercise Sustainable Food: Keep Your Gut Healthy A whopping sixty percent of our immune system is holed up in our gut. Thus, keeping your stomach healthy is vital. This can be done by eating lots of probiotic and prebiotic foods. There is a difference: prebiotic foods are a fertilizer, allowing the ‘good guys’ in your gut to grow and multiply. Safe options include asparagus, artichokes, jicama, bananas, and plantains. Photo by: Martin Adams Probiotic foods, on the other hand, help you in keeping your gut bacteria thriving, healthy, and happy, preventing inflammation. You should be looking at sauerkraut, kimchi, tempeh, miso, yogurt, and kefir. Recommended:  Sustainable Food. How Is Environmental Friendly Your Diet? Your Immune System Running: Protein And Vitamins Besides these gut-friendly options, you might also want to include lots of protein in your diet. This is another crucial player in boosting your immune system: all of our natural antibodies are made of protein. Great options include eggs, almonds, chicken, oats, cottage cheese, milk, broccoli, lean beef, tuna, and quinoa.   {youtube}                                          10 Foods to boost your immunity - How to boost immunity naturally   Much has been said about viruses going away in summertime. This has a lot to do with the amount of vitamin D in our bodies, another natural immune system booster. If you are not yet lucky enough to find yourself in a sunny place (even 20 minutes spent outdoors between 10 am, and 2 pm will get you enough vitamin D for the day!), supplements will do.   Recommended:  Coronavirus COVID-19 Symptoms Flu And Global Climate Change When taking multivitamins, make sure that it includes vitamin C, this highly coveted vitamin D, and some zinc. Would you like to ‘naturally’ increase your vitamin levels? Vitamin C can be found in chili peppers, guavas, sweet yellow peppers, blackcurrants, thyme, parsley, kale, kiwis, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, lemons, lychees, strawberries, and oranges. You can look for vitamin D in fatty fish, including tuna, mackerel and salmon, beef liver, cheese, and egg yolks.   Photo by: Johnny Martínez Which Sustainable Food Keeps Your Immune System Running? The Pillars Of Health Eating your daily dose of broccoli will not get you there. Your total diet has to be rich in nutrients, while you should not forget about the other three pillars of health: sleep, exercise, and stress reduction. Your immune system will thank you later.   Cover photo: Henry Jager Before you go! Recommended:  Eating insects Is Healthy, Tasty, And Cool: the United States . Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about healthy food? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage.'
Food Which Keeps Your Immune System Running
Food Which Keeps Your Immune System Running
Coronavirus Updates 2020 History (3) Globally
This article is a summary of the coronavirus, COVID-19 world events, starting on the 14th of May till the 22nd of June 2020. Coronavirus Updates 2020 History (1,3) Globally In  Coronavirus Updates 2020 History (1) Globally you can read the summary of the coronavirus, COVID-19 word events fr.om the 24th of January till the 13th of April 2020 In  Coronavirus Updates 2020 History (2) Globally you can read the summary of the coronavirus, COVID-19 word events fr.om the 14th of April till the 13th of May 2020 The most recent day to day updates you can read in:  Heat Waves And COVID-19: A Killers Mix On Its Way Public health experts around the globe are scrambling to understand, track, and contain a new virus that appeared in Wuhan, China, at the beginning of December 2019. The World Health Organization named the disease caused by the coronavirus COVID-19, which references the type of virus and the year it emerged. The WHO declared that the virus is a pandemic. Coronavirus Updates 2020 History (3) Globally Public health experts around the globe are scrambling to understand, track, and contain a new virus that appeared in Wuhan, China, at the beginning of December 2019. The World Health Organization named the disease caused by the coronavirus COVID-19, which references the type of virus and the year it emerged. The WHO declared that the virus is a pandemic. WhatsOrb started keeping track of coronavirus developments globally since January 24, 2020. WhatsOrb published various articles on the coronavirus or COVID-19 like: Coronavirus, COVID-19: From Pangolin, Snake Or Bat. Fact? Innovations By COVID-19: Corona Unleashes Creative Thinking The Corona Virus Continued: Will The Weather Help Us Beat It? Lockdown Caused By The Coronavirus: A Relieve For Our Planet Coronavirus, COVID-19 Symptoms Flu And Global Climate Change Coronavirus Images From Around The Globe Below the 'Coronavirus History 2020 Globally'. Only plane text. All photos and clips removed! Below a continuation of the updates of the last days. Updates 22-06-2020 Headlines 07:53 The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases passed 8.9 million. The figure currently stands at 8,929,394, while the global death toll is at 467,676, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker. Both numbers are likely to be higher in reality, due to differing testing rates and definitions, time lags, and suspected underreporting. The WHO reported a record daily increase in coronavirus cases. The World Health Organization declared a record increase in global coronavirus cases on Sunday, with the total rising by 183,020 in 24 hours. The most significant increase was from North and South America, with over 116,000 new cases, according to its daily report. Total global examples are over 8.7 million, with more than 461,000 deaths, according to the WHO. The previous record for new cases was 181,232 on 18 June. Beijing reported nine new cases. Beijing’s municipal health authority said on Monday nine new cases of the coronavirus in the city for June 21, down from 22 a day earlier. The city of more than 20 million people reported its first case in the latest wave on 11 June. The resurgence has been linked to a wholesale food center in the southwest of Beijing. So far, 236 people in the city have been infected in the outbreak. China suspended imports of poultry from US-based Tyson plant over Covid-19. China’s customs authority said on Sunday it had suspended imports of poultry products from a plant owned by US-based meat processor Tyson that has been hit by a coronavirus. The General Administration of Customs said on its website it had decided on the suspension after the company confirmed a cluster of coronavirus cases at facilities in Arkansas where a total of 481 people tested positive for the virus. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will unveil the latest easing of England’s coronavirus lockdown on Tuesday when he will also announce the conclusion of a review into whether a two-meter rule on social distancing should be relaxed, his office said. England’s economy has been hammered by the lockdown to stop the spread of Covid-19. Although non-essential retailers were allowed to reopen last Monday, many businesses, particularly in the hospitality and leisure sectors, have remained closed. EU and China to seek to cool tensions at the video summit. The European Union and China will try to calm tensions on Monday at a video summit, their first formal talks since ties soured over European accusations that Beijing has spread disinformation about the novel coronavirus. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel - the EU’s chief executive and chairman - will hold video conferences with Premier Li Keqiang and President Xi Jinping. Mexico’s cases passed 180,000. Mexico on Sunday reported 5,343 new infections and 1,044 additional deaths from the coronavirus, the health ministry said, bringing the totals for the country to 180,545 cases and 21,825 deaths. The government has said the actual number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases. Citizens returning home to New Zealand could undergo two weeks of quarantine in campervans because hotels in Auckland were nearing capacity, the ministry of health has warned. The government was also “actively considering” placing returnees in defense force bases, according to the director-general of health Dr. Ashley Bloomfield. On Saturday, more than 200 travelers who had returned to New Zealand via Auckland Airport were put on buses and taken to hotels in Rotorua because Auckland was full. New Zealand currently has nine active cases of coronavirus. German police were injured as clashes erupt over virus quarantine. Several police officers were hurt in clashes with residents of a high-rise apartment block in the German city of Goettingen, who had been placed under quarantine over a coronavirus outbreak, authorities said on Sunday. Dutch arrest dozens at virus protest clashes. Dutch police on Sunday charged on horseback and fired water cannon to disperse protesters frustrated with the government’s coronavirus policies, arresting dozens after skirmishes broke out. Delhi to transform 25 luxury hotels into Covid-19 care centers. Amid growing concerns that there are not enough hospital beds to cope with the rising number of cases, the Delhi government has become the first in the country to request its hotels. Starting this week, 25 establishments will be repurposed as emergency Covid-19 care centers for patients with mild to moderate symptoms. Updates: 07:42 Two new cases in Georgia  310 new cases and 17 new deaths in Afghanistan  One new occurrence in Western Sahara  43 new cases in Uzbekistan  Nine new deaths in El Salvador  134 new cases in Haiti  Three new cases in Thailand  507 new cases in Kazakhstan  205 new cases and three new deaths in Kyrgyzstan  4,471 new cases and 89 new deaths in Pakistan  Seven new cases in Mongolia  13 new cases in Australia      463 new cases and five new deaths in Honduras   147 new cases in Ghana  876 new cases and 33 new deaths in Bolivia  18 new cases in China  Two new cases in New Zealand  17 new cases in South Korea  390 new cases and 17 new deaths in Guatemala  Two new cases in Jamaica  5,343 new cases and 1,044 new deaths in Mexico  58 new cases and one new death in the United States Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates  21-06-2020 Headlines 06:49 US President Donald Trump told thousands of supporters on Saturday that he had asked officials to slow down testing for Covid-19 because case numbers in the country were rising so rapidly. He also used racist language to describe to Covid-19, referring to the virus as 'Kung flu.' The country is the worst hit by a coronavirus, with more than 119,700 deaths. Mainland China reported 26 new confirmed coronavirus cases on Sunday, mainly driven by the latest outbreak of Covid-19 in the capital Beijing. The Philippines reported 578 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday, a record number. This includes test results that were released to patients over the past three days. In Australia, Victoria has extended its state of emergency for another four weeks after case numbers rose to its highest for more than two months. Two new Covid-19 cases have been detected in New Zealand, the Ministry of Health said on Sunday. In Chile, the government nearly doubled its estimated death toll to more than 7,000 on Saturday, after it included probable deaths in its official tally. There have been 236,748 infections in the country so far. Mexico on Saturday reported 4,717 new infections and 387 additional deaths from the coronavirus. Serbians go to polls on Sunday to elect a new parliament in Europe’s first national election since coronavirus lockdowns took effect some three months ago. Globally, 8,769,383 coronavirus cases have now been detected, and 464,029 fatalities confirmed, according to Johns Hopkins University. Updates: 06:51 446 new cases in Kazakhstan   97 new cases and one new death in Haiti   4,951 new cases and 119 new deaths in Pakistan  25 new cases in Australia     Two new cases in Mongolia  One new case and one new death in Gambia  1,048 new cases and nine new deaths in Honduras   26 new cases in China  Two new cases in New Zealand  Five new cases in Sao Tome and Principe  1,036 new cases and 25 new deaths in Bolivia  164 new cases and eight new deaths in Sudan  Ten new cases and one new death in Mali  48 new cases in South Korea  246 new cases and 31 new deaths in Guatemala  Five new cases in Jamaica  4,717 new cases and 387 new deaths in Mexico   {youtube}                                Coronavirus: The latest COVID-19 news. India records more than 11,000 new cases for the second consecutive day. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates  20-06-2020 Headlines 06:49 The global infection tally of people who tested positive to Covid-19 has now passed 8.67 million, Reuters reported. About 459,211 have died. Australia. Victoria reintroduces lockdown measures as cases reach a two-month high. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 601 to 189,135, data from the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases showed on Saturday. Meanwhile, in Hungary, thousands of people made jobless by the coronavirus pandemic have applied to join the army, which is one of the few careers offering job stability. New Zealand has reported two new cases of Covid-19 in a couple who returned to Auckland, New Zealand, on a repatriation flight from India. Their baby, who was traveling with them, has not been tested due to its young age and may also be infected. Coronavirus deaths in Mexico surpassed 20,000 on Friday after the health ministry reported 647 new fatalities and 5,030 new confirmed cases. Total cases now stand at 170,485, with 20,394 fatalities, though the government has said the real number of infections is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases. Updates: 06:51 79 new cases in Uzbekistan  27 new cases in Australia      One new case in Thailand  64 new cases and three new deaths in Haiti  6,604 new cases and 153 new deaths in Pakistan  428 new cases in Kazakhstan  One new case in Bhutan  519 new cases and six new deaths in Honduras  Two new cases in Bermuda   14 new cases in Jamaica  977 new cases and 18 new deaths in Bolivia   Two new cases in New Zealand  67 new cases in South Korea  27 new cases in China  641 new cases and 34 new deaths in Guatemala  5,030 new cases and 647 new deaths in Mexico  Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates 19-06-2020 Headlines 06:49 The global death toll from Covid-19 passes 450,000. The number of people who have lost their lives in the pandemic so far stands at 453,289, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker. There are 8,464,739 known cases worldwide. Both figures are likely to be higher due to differing testing rates and definitions, time lags, and suspected underreporting. The United States on Thursday questioned China’s credibility on reporting new coronavirus cases in Beijing and called for neutral observers to assess the extent of the outbreak. China has locked down the capital as it seeks to prevent a second wave of Covid-19, reporting 158 cases since a fresh cluster was detected last week. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, an outspoken critic of China, urged greater transparency during talks Wednesday in Hawaii with senior Chinese official Yang Jiechi, as David Stilwell, the top US diplomat for East Asia who accompanied Pompeo, said: “I would hope that their numbers and their reporting are more accurate than what we saw in the case of Wuhan and other places in the PRC, but that remains to be seen.” China publishes genome data for coronavirus behind the new outbreak. China has announced the genome data for the coronavirus behind the latest Covid-19 outbreak in the capital city of Beijing, the website of state-backed National Microbiology Data Center showed on Friday. State-backed Beijing News also reported that the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention submitted the genome sequencing data for the virus to the World Health Organization, which had previously sought access to the data. Tokyo lifts remaining business restrictions. Tokyo lifted all remaining restrictions on businesses on Friday, although officials urged caution over a possible second wave of the coronavirus. The measure, the final phase of a three-step easing of preventive measures in the Japanese capital, means live music venues, nightclubs and similar establishments where it is difficult to avoid the “three Cs” – closed spaces, crowded places, and close contact – will be allowed to reopen with the blessing of local authorities. Anthony Fauci thinks a return to full lockdowns is unlikely. The United States does not require more widespread lockdowns to get its Covid-19 outbreak under control, even though the national daily infection rate is not showing signs of decline, leading government expert Anthony Fauci told AFP in an interview Thursday. “I don’t think we’re going to be talking about going back to lockdown,” he said when asked whether places like California and Texas that are seeing a surge in their caseload should reissue stay-at-home orders.“I think we’re going to be talking about trying to control better those areas of the country that seem to be having a surge of cases.” WHO eyes 2bn vaccine doses by the end of 2021. The World Health Organization said Thursday that the end of the year could produce a few hundred million Covid-19 vaccine doses - and be targeted at those most vulnerable to the virus. The UN health agency said it was working on that assumption, with a view to two billion doses by the end of 2021, as pharmaceutical firms rush to find a vaccine.WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said researchers were working on more than 200 vaccine candidates around the world, including ten that are in human testing. San Quentin: outcry after Covid-19 cases at California prison triple in two weeks. The number of coronavirus cases in California’s San Quentin state prison has tripled within the last two weeks, prompting advocates, families, and attorneys to demand urgent action to fast track the release of prisoners and curb the spread among correctional officers. San Quentin, California’s oldest prison and home to the state’s only death row for male prisoners, reported its first batch of 15 positive cases on 3 June. Since then, that number has risen to 46. Organizers are pointing to the 30 May transfer of more than 100 incarcerated people from the California Institution for Men (CIM) in Chino as a catalyst for the spread of Covid-19 in prison: India lifts an export ban on hydroxychloroquine. India Thursday entirely lifted an export ban on hydroxychloroquine, a drug favored by US President Donald Trump as a treatment against coronavirus, as questions remain over the malaria medicine’s effectiveness against Covid-19. The Directorate General of Foreign Trade said in a notice that “hydroxychloroquine and its formulations” were now “free” to be exported. ‘Extensive testing’ in New Zealand has not uncovered new cases. Covid-19 testing of thousands of people in New Zealand has not revealed any new evidence, health officials say. The screening was undertaken after a quarantine bungle when two women were allowed out of managed isolation without being tested – and later turned out to have the coronavirus. Dr. Ashley Bloomfield, the director-general of health, is giving a news conference in the capital, Wellington, during which he said the day of zero new cases of Covid-19 to report was “very reassuring.” Non-essential shops in Wales can reopen from Monday. All non-essential shops in Wales will be able to resume from Monday so long as physical distancing can take place, as part of the devolved government’s cautious easing of lockdown restrictions. But the Labour-led administration is not expected to change its guidance that people should not travel more than five miles. The government will review the requirement to stay local by 6 July. Mexico confirms record new cases. Mexico’s health ministry reported on Thursday a record 5,662 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infections and 667 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 165,455 cases and 19,747 deaths. The government has said the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases. Chinese medical expert says coronavirus under control in Beijing.“The epidemic in Beijing has been brought under control,” said Wu Zunyou, the chief epidemiologist of China’s Center for Diseases Prevention and Control. However, he said the capital can still expect sporadic new cases. The city has recorded 158 infections since confirming the first on 11 June in its worst outbreak since early February, which has been traced to the sprawling wholesale food center of Xinfadi in the south-west of the city. Updates: 06:51 Five new cases in Thailand  4,944 new cases and 136 new deaths in Pakistan  132 new cases and one new death in Kyrgyzstan  474 new cases and five new deaths in Kazakhstan  228 new cases and two new deaths in Haiti  Three new cases in Mongolia  One new case in Sri Lanka  18 new cases in Australia      23 new cases in Myanmar   814 new cases and 18 new deaths in Bolivia  440 new cases and seven new deaths in Honduras  49 new cases in South Korea  617 new cases and 17 new deaths in Guatemala  12 new cases in Jamaica  5,662 new cases and 667 new deaths in Mexico   32 new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates 18-06-2020 Headlines 06:49 The global death toll from coronavirus is nearing 450,000, with more than 8.2 million confirmed cases of the disease worldwide. The Johns Hopkins University tracker is recording more than 448,959 deaths from Covid-19 across the world, as of Wednesday evening UK time. More than one in four fatalities are in the US, making it by far the worst-hit country. There are 8,349,950 cases worldwide. Brazil cases near 1 million. Brazil recorded 1,269 additional Covid-19 deaths on Wednesday, bringing its official death toll from the novel coronavirus to 46,510, the most in the world outside the United States. The Health Ministry also registered 32,188 new cases of the virus since its Tuesday update, for a total of 955,377 confirmed cases, even second to the United States globally. India sees the highest one-day case spike. India has reported its most upper cases in the pandemic so far, with 12,881 confirmed in the last 24 hours, for a total of 366,946 cases. There have been 334 additional deaths, bringing the toll to 12,237. UK cases pass 300,000. The number of coronavirus infections in the UK has passed 300,00, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, with the current total standing at 300,717. At least 42,238 people have died in the UK so far. WHO hails steroid treatment ‘hope.’ The cheap steroid British researchers believe they can help save lives should be used only for the most severe cases, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. The WHO chief Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the research was at last providing “green shoots of hope.” Arizona governor to let mayors require masks as Covid-19 cases surge. As coronavirus cases rise across the state, Arizona’s Republican governor said he would no longer block mayors from being able to require residents to wear masks. But governor Doug Ducey held off from issuing a statewide mask-wearing requirement, even after hundreds of Arizona medical professionals sent him an open letter this week, outlining the evidence that masks save lives and asking him to require citizens to wear them. Argentina’s president Alberto Fernández has gone into voluntary isolation, amid growing concerns over a surge of coronavirus infections, including several cases among the country’s political elite. The decision to quarantine the president – whose popularity is riding high on his no-nonsense response to the pandemic – was taken due to the “significant increase in the circulation of the virus,” presidential doctor Federico Saavedra said in a statement on Wednesday. Honduras president hospitalized with pneumonia, Covid-19. President Juan Orlando Hernández announced late Tuesday that he and his wife had tested positive for the virus. Just hours later, he was hospitalized after doctors determined he had pneumonia. From March to 7 June, Honduras confirmed 6,327 coronavirus infections. In the ten days since, it added 3,329 more, a surge that has come after the government began a gradual reactivation of the economy. New Zealand confirms one new case, defenses under scrutiny as more breaches emerge. More reports have appeared in New Zealand of people leaving isolation without being tested and going on to meet friends, placing government officials under increasing scrutiny over the rigor of their Covid-19 quarantine rules. Police revealed that six people absconded from managed isolation after being granted compassionate leave from Covid-19 quarantine to attend a funeral in Hamilton. Australia’s Qantas cancels most international flights until October. Qantas Airways said on Thursday it had canceled most international flights until late October after the Australian government indicated its border closure because of the coronavirus was likely to extend to 2021. Australian unemployment reaches 7.1%. Australia’s unemployment rate has jumped to 7.1% after another 227,700 people lost their jobs thanks to coronavirus. The jobless rate had already climbed from 5.2% in March to a revised 6.4% in April, as the deadly global pandemic gripped the country. May’s monthly drop in the number of people employed is the second largest on record after nearly 600,000 got sacked in April. Another reduced set of figures had been expected as a result of nationwide lockdowns. Beijing records 21 new cases. Beijing confirmed 21 new Covid-19 cases as of June 17, China’s health authority said on Thursday, down from 31 a day earlier. Beijing logged its first case in the current outbreak, the worst in the city since early February, on 11 June. The total number of infections has risen to 158 over the past week. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 06:51 One new case in Myanmar  15 new cases in Uzbekistan  Six new cases in Thailand  Three new deaths in El Salvador  95 new cases and one new death in Kyrgyzstan  335 new cases in Kazakhstan   5,358 new cases and 118 new deaths in Pakistan  Four new cases in Mongolia  141 new cases and two new deaths in Haiti  643 new cases and six new deaths in Honduras  One new case in New Zealand  802 new cases and 20 new deaths in Bolivia  Five new cases in Jamaica  59 new cases and one new death in South Korea  20 new cases in Australia      545 new cases and 14 new deaths in Guatemala  4,930 new cases and 770 new deaths in Mexico   28 new cases in China  Updates 17-06-2020 Headlines 07:10 Deaths worldwide passed 440,000. According to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, which relies on official government data, the global coronavirus death toll stands at 441,668. There are 8,162,276 known infections. Beijing raised its emergency level as dozens of new coronavirus cases emerged, and residents were barred from any “unessential” travel. Hundreds of flights were canceled, schools suspended, and all residential compounds ordered to reinstate strict screening after authorities raised the city’s four-tiered COVID-19 emergency response system from three to two on Tuesday evening. All movement in and out of the city will be “strictly controlled,” officials said at the briefing. Authorities reported 31 new cases of the virus in Beijing as of Tuesday, bringing the total number of infections to 137 over the past six days. Six US states saw record case increases. New coronavirus infections hit record highs in six US states on Tuesday. Arizona, Florida, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Texas all reported record increases in new cases on Tuesday after recording all-time highs last week. Nevada also reported its highest single-day tally of new cases on Tuesday, up from a previous high on May 23. Hospitalizations are also rising or at record highs. Health officials in many states attribute the spike to businesses reopening and Memorial Day weekend gatherings in late May. New Zealand put quarantine in the hands of the military after border fiasco. The New Zealand government has so far identified 320 close contacts of the two women, who were not tested before they were released on compassionate grounds. Ardern said she would not be replacing Minister of Health David Clark. She has, however, called in the military to oversee the quarantine and isolation process, under the leadership of Assistant Chief of Defense Air Commodore Digby Webb. The UK began talks with Australia and New Zealand on a free trade deal. Australia and New Zealand are about to begin negotiations on a free trade agreement with the UK in what the Australian trade minister said was “a strong signal of our mutual support for free trade” in a post-COVID-19 world. Japanese researchers confirmed coronavirus testing in sewers as a possible outbreak warning system. The researchers confirmed the presence of the coronavirus in wastewater plants, a finding that could serve as a signal for future outbreaks. The findings mirror similar studies in Australia, the United States, and Europe. Public health experts say such sampling could be used to estimate the number of infected people in a region without testing every individual. Mexico recorded its 3rd highest daily death numbers. Mexico’s 730 deaths are its third-highest one-day total, AP reports. Even as Mexico announced plans for reopening churches and religious events, the country posted near-record numbers of newly confirmed cases and deaths from Covid-19 on Tuesday. The Health Department reported that confirmed cases rose by 4,599, the second-highest daily increase to date, to reach an accumulated total of 154,863. Deaths rose by 730, the third-highest daily confirmation number, after one-day increases of 1,092 and 816 earlier this month. Those death tolls rivaled those of the United States. Brazil suffered a record increase in cases. Brazil has had its worst day for new confirmed cases, recording 34,918 in 24 hours to bring its overall total to 923,189 total infections. The health ministry said the country has also suffered 1,282 deaths since the last update on Monday, bringing the number of confirmed fatalities there to 45,241. In nominal terms, Brazil is the second-worst hit country in the world in both respects. Around 9% of Guinea-Bissau health workers have been infected with Covid-19. More than 170 of Guinea-Bissau’s 2,000 health workers have contracted Covid-19, a World Health Organization expert said on Tuesday, warning that hospitals were close to being overwhelmed. The tiny West African nation’s under-equipped healthcare system has been struggling to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, which has infected over 1,400 people and killed 15. Health authorities have raised the alarm over a lack of oxygen to treat patients. Asteroid was found to help prevent the deaths of the sickest coronavirus patients. A cheap steroid has become the first life-saving treatment in the Covid-19 pandemic, described by scientists as “a major breakthrough” and raising hopes for the survival of thousands of the most seriously ill. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 06:51 68 new cases in Uzbekistan  One new case in Vietnam  90 new cases and one new death in Kyrgyzstan  106 new cases and four new deaths in Haiti  478 new cases and eight new deaths in Honduras  One new case in Belize  5,839 new cases and 136 new deaths in Pakistan  350 new cases in Kazakhstan  810 new cases and 27 new deaths in Bolivia  One new death in Paraguay  23 new cases in Australia      43 new cases and one new death in South Korea  44 new cases in China  358 new cases and 20 new deaths in Equatorial Guinea  434 new cases and 19 new deaths in Guatemala  4,599 new cases and 730 new deaths in Mexico   Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates 16-06-2020 Headlines 07:10 Thailand, on Tuesday, reported no new coronavirus infections or deaths and marked 22 successive days without a domestic transmission. The country has recorded a total of 58 deaths related to Covid-19 among some 3,135 confirmed cases, of which 2,993 patients have recovered. Two new Covid-19 cases in New Zealand – the first cases there for 24 days. The two women had traveled from the UK and were released from government quarantine and allowed to drive 650km from Auckland to Wellington on compassionate grounds. Beijing bans 'high-risk' travelers from leaving the city. New cluster in Beijing, which numbers 106 cases. Beijing has now banned high-risk people from leaving the Chinese capital and halted some transportation services to stop the spread of a fresh coronavirus outbreak to other cities and provinces. China’s financial hub of Shanghai demanded some travelers from Beijing be quarantined for two weeks, as 27 new Covid-19 cases took the capital’s current outbreak to 106 since Thursday. German cases rise by 378. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 378 to 186,839; data from the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases showed on Tuesday. The reported death toll rose by nine to 8,800. Germany has fared better than many of its European neighbors during the outbreak. Italy has recorded 237,000 cases and 34,000 deaths. France has had 194,000 infections and 29,000 deaths. The UK has the worst amount of infected and death in Europe, with 298,000 cases and nearly 42,000 deaths. UK vaccine trials to start this week. Researchers at Imperial College London will begin clinical trials in 300 people, to see whether their jab produces an effective immune response against Covid-19, Press Association reports. The healthy participants, aged between 18 and 70, will all receive two doses of the vaccine over the coming weeks, and the hopes are that tests could then move on to 6,000 volunteers if they are successful. Australia continues to ease restrictions. Australia’s most populous state will nearly double its public transport capacity from 1 July, allowing more locals to avoid driving as it continues to ease curbs designed to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The relaxation of rules in New South Wales will allow more passengers to board buses, trains, and ferries, where capacity has been restricted. A study estimates 20% of the global population at risk of serious illness if infected with Covid-19. An estimated 1.7 billion people – more than 20% of the world’s population risk becoming severely infected with Covid-19 due to underlying health problems such as obesity and heart disease, according to analysis carried out by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and published in The Lancet medical journal. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 06:44 Two new deaths in El Salvador  100 new cases and one new death in Kyrgyzstan  One new case in Bhutan  65 new cases in India   383 new cases in Kazakhstan  4,443 new cases and 110 new deaths in Pakistan  614 new cases and 21 new deaths in Bolivia  132 new cases and three new deaths in Haiti  320 new cases and ten new deaths in Honduras  Two new cases in New Zealand  34 new cases and one new death in South Korea  12 new cases in Australia      427 new cases and 15 new deaths in Guatemala  Four new cases in Jamaica  3,427 new cases and 439 new deaths in Mexico  40 new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates 15-06-2020 Headlines 06:30 Iran deaths the top 100 for the first time in two months; cases worldwide near 7.9m. Follow the latest updates WHO cautions against the further lifting of lockdown in England Demand for flu vaccine soars as countries plan for second Covid-19 wave Republicans insist Trump Tulsa rally won’t spread coronavirus The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 192 to 186,461, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Monday. The reported death toll rose by four to 8,791, the tally showed. Mexico’s health ministry reported 4,147 new confirmed coronavirus infections along with 269 additional fatalities on Sunday, bringing the total in the country to 146,837 cases and 17,141 deaths. The government has said the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the official count. Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said on Monday the 15th of June it was not true the government had decided to ease an entry ban, which was implemented to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, for people from certain countries. The Yomiuri daily reported last week that Japan might restart business trips to and from Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, and Thailand in the next few months. Beijing city authorities said in a press briefing on Monday that “multiple cases” at a market in Haidian were found, all linked to the Xinfadi market. Officials said that as of midnight on Monday, ten residential communities near the Yuquandong market in Haidian had been closed, and residents were put under home quarantine and ordered to take nucleic acid tests. The areas will be under 24-hour supervision and disinfected. The Yuquandong market has been closed since Saturday. Confirmed coronavirus cases in Colombia have risen to over 50,000, the country’s Health Ministry said on Sunday, while neighboring Ecuador approached the same milestone, Reuters reports. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 06:29 No new cases and no further deaths in Thailand  One further recovery in Bhutan  313 new cases in Kazakhstan   87 new cases in Kyrgyzstan  5,242 new cases and 97 new deaths in Pakistan  144 new cases and three further deaths in Haiti   15 new cases in Australia     403 new cases and two new deaths in Honduras   354 new cases and 17 new deaths in Guatemala  617 new cases and 26 new deaths in Bolivia  Two new deaths in El Salvador  4,147 new cases and 269 new deaths in Mexico  36 new cases in South Korea  Two new cases in Jamaica  49 new cases in China  74 new cases and one new death in Venezuela  Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates 14-06-2020 Headlines 06:30 Deaths worldwide pass 430,000. According to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, which relies on official government figures, there have been 430,128 known coronavirus deaths worldwide since the start of the pandemic. The number of cases stands at 7,766,952. The actual data for deaths and circumstances are likely to be higher, due to differing definitions and testing rates, time lags, and suspected underreporting. China reports 57 new virus cases, the highest daily count since April. China, on Sunday, said 57 new cases of the coronavirus, the highest daily figure since 13 April, as concerns grow about a resurgence of the disease. The National Health Commission said 36 of the new cases were domestic infections in Beijing, with two more domestic infections in northeastern Liaoning province. Local health officials said they were close contacts of the Beijing cases. The new cluster of internal infections has prompted fresh lockdowns with people ordered to stay home in 11 residential estates near to the market. The cases are the first in Beijing in two months. Chile Health Minister resigns amid coronavirus deaths. Chilean President Sebastian Pinera on Saturday replaced Health Minister Jaime Manalich amid controversy over the country’s figures for deaths from the coronavirus outbreak. Pinera said Manalich had spared “no effort” in carrying out his “difficult and noble duty” to protect Chileans’ health. He replaced him with Oscar Enrique Paris, an academic and medical doctor. Half of Brits support Brexit transition extension, survey finds. More than half of people in Britain support an extension to the Brexit transition period. At the same time, three-quarters believe the UK should work very closely with the European Union to combat coronavirus, a survey suggests. New York State sees the lowest deaths since the pandemic started. New York saw its lowest death toll since the pandemic began on Friday. State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Saturday in the US and the lowest number of hospitalizations since late March. Evacuation flight for British Nationals leaves Columbia. The flight is operated by the South American country’s flag-carrying airline Avianca. On Saturday night, 230 passengers, mostly British nationals, were boarding the aircraft. The plane will return to Colombia from the UK with Colombian evacuees on Sunday. Egypt saw a record daily rise in infections and deaths, as it confirmed 1,677 new coronavirus cases and 62 deaths on Saturday. In total, the Arab world’s most populous country has registered 42,980 cases, including 1,484 deaths, the ministry said in a statement. Israel has noted a spike in coronavirus cases as schools, businesses, restaurants, bars, tourist attractions, and other establishments reopen, leading to 177 schools and educational institutions throughout the country closing again after 493 students and teachers tested positive for the virus. France reported 24 new coronavirus deaths over the 24 hours to Saturday, taking the total to 29,398 and marking the fourth day with under 30 fatalities. The president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, blamed citizens on Saturday for their reduced adherence to health measures designed to stop the spread of coronavirus. Lebanese protesters took to the streets in Beirut and other cities on Saturday in mostly peaceful protests against the government, calling for its resignation as the small country sinks deeper into economic distress amid lockdown restrictions. The state of Victoria, Australia, has announced nine new cases of coronavirus today, three of whom are in hotel quarantine. In addition to 50 people being allowed in cafes, restaurants, and pubs, and patrons being allowed to consume alcohol without a meal, restrictions on some community sports will be eased. Non-contact community sport will return on 22 June – for both adults and kids, both indoor and outdoor. NSW recorded nine new Covid-19 cases from 13,591 tests in the 24 hours to 8 pm on Saturday. Eight of the cases are among returned travelers in hotel quarantine, and one is a teacher at Laguna Street Public School in southern Sydney. All students at the primary school have been deemed close contacts and have been told to self-isolate. The school will stop on-site learning until 24 June. Authorities are investigating the source of the teacher’s infection. No cases are in intensive care. The 50-person limit at cafes, restaurants, and churches will be scrapped in NSW with venues instead to follow the one person per four-square-meter rule. The new rule, announced by the NSW government on Sunday, will be in place from 1 July and applies to most indoor venues, including pubs and workspaces. Outdoor cultural and sporting venues with a capacity of up to 40,000 will from 1 July also be allowed to seat 25% of their standard capacity. The Queensland state government is committing AU$250m (US$172m) to reduce elective surgery waitlists, which have blown out following the pandemic. More than 7,000 Queenslanders have waited longer than medically recommended for their procedures. Western Australia reports zero new coronavirus cases. WA Western Australia has reported no new cases of Covid-19 overnight, with the State’s total number of cases remaining at 602, according to the WA Department of Health. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 06:04 28 new cases in Uzbekistan   36 new cases in Israel  One new case in Thailand  6,825 new cases and 81 new deaths in Pakistan  78 new cases in Kyrgyzstan  258 new cases in Kazakhstan   323 new cases and four new deaths in Honduras  Four new cases in Bhutan  18 new cases in Australia      224 new cases and six new deaths in Haiti  913 new cases and 26 new deaths in Bolivia  Two new cases in Cambodia   34 new cases in South Korea  509 new cases and 16 new deaths in Guatemala  One new case in Jamaica  3,494 new cases and 424 new deaths in Mexico   57 new cases in China  Updates 13-06-2020 Headlines 06:30 Dr. Anthony Fauci, a senior US infectious disease official, has warned of the dangers of holding Trump election rallies during the pandemic, adding that rising coronavirus hospitalizations in some states could get out of control unless robust contact-tracing regimes were in place. Globally, there are now more than 7.6 million cases, with more than 425,000 deaths recorded, according to the Johns Hopkins tracker. In the US, there have been 2,048,986 cases and 114,669 deaths. In Brazil, the city of São Paulo has said it will reveal bodies buried years ago and store their bagged remains in large metal containers in a bid to free up space during the crisis. The public funeral service said in a statement on Friday the remains would be placed in numbered bags, then stored temporarily in 12 containers it has bought. The boxes would be delivered to several cemeteries within 15 days. In Argentina, a pastor turned his church into a bar in protest at the uneven easing of restrictions in his Santa Fe province. Church leaders were dressed as waiters carrying Bibles on their trays in a mock service. Pastor Daniel Cattaneo said: “So, apart from the breaded veal headed for table four, here goes the word of God.” China reported 11 new cases on Saturday, including six domestic incidents in the capital, Beijing, that raised concerns about a resurgence. Most of China’s cases in recent months have been overseas nationals tested as they returned home. The new cases have prompted Beijing officials to delay the return of students to primary schools and suspend all sporting events and group dining. City authorities on Friday also closed two markets visited by one of the known cases. New Zealand has now gone for 22 days in a row without recording a new case. Following the recovery of an Auckland woman on Monday, it has no known active cases of Covid-19, and no one is in the hospital with the virus. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 06:04 556 new cases and five new deaths in Afghanistan  32 new cases in Uzbekistan  81 new cases in Israel  366 new cases in Kazakhstan  41 new cases and one new death in Kyrgyzstan  6,472 new cases and 88 new deaths in Pakistan  Four new cases in Australia      463 new cases and 12 new deaths in Honduras  764 new cases and 26 new deaths in Bolivia  48 new cases in South Korea  11 new cases in China  421 new cases and 17 new deaths in Guatemala  5,222 new cases and 504 new deaths in Mexico   Three new cases in Jamaica  Updates 12-06-2020 Headlines 06:30 Global infections passed 7.5 million. There are 7,514,481 confirmed coronavirus infections worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University data. There have been 420,993 known deaths so far. The actual figures for deaths and infections are likely to be significantly higher due to time delays, differing testing rates, and definitions, and suspected underreporting. Beijing sees the first local transmission case in several weeks. In Beijing, a 52-year-old man who has no history of traveling outside the city or contact with anyone coming in has been diagnosed with Covid-19. Fu Xuejie, the wife of Dr. Li Wenliang, has given birth to their son. I was praised as a whistleblower in China and made headlines earlier this year after he was reprimanded for warning colleagues about the emergence of a new Sars-like virus. Brazil confirms 30,000 cases in 24 hours. Brazil reported a total of 802,828 confirmed cases of coronavirus on Thursday, with 30,412 new infections in the last 24 hours in the world’s second-worst outbreak after the US. With a further 1,239 fatalities, the death toll in Brazil has reached 40,919, the health ministry said, the world’s third-highest after the US and the UK. WHO warns pandemic accelerating in Africa. The speed the new coronavirus jumped from 100,000 to 200,000 confirmed cases in Africa shows just how quickly the pandemic is accelerating on the continent, the World Health Organization said. US President Donald Trump has introduced a policy stopping attendees at his rallies from suing the campaign or venue if they contract coronavirus at the events. Pandemic risks pushing millions more into child labor: UN. A report released on Friday noted that the relation between swelling poverty and a surge in child labor appears clear, pointing to studies from some countries indicating that a one-percent increase in poverty leads to at least a 0.7% rise in child labor. The report also stressed that the crisis could push children already working to put in long hours under worsening conditions. Others could be forced into the worst forms of labor, seriously threatening their health and safety, it said. New Zealand is relaxing its borders to grant exemptions for certain workers and partners of New Zealand citizens to enter the country. The relaxed rules, which will see America’s Cup sailors included, come after 21 days with no new Covid-19 cases across the country and no current live cases. Health officials have said the virus would be considered eliminated after 28 days of no new cases. Tokyo is poised to end all restrictions on businesses next week, and karaoke venues, game arcades, and pachinko parlors were set to reopen today on Friday. Tokyo’s governor, Yuriko Koike, said the city had entered “a new stage of living with the coronavirus,” adding that authorities would expand testing and ensure medical facilities were able to cope with a resurgence of the virus, which is known to have infected more than 17,000 people in Japan and killed 922. Japanese “non-regular” workers posted its biggest drop on record in April, declining by 970,000 to 2.02 million. Women accounted for 710,000 of the decline. Many of Japan’s women, many women lack the job security of male workers, with more than half holding vulnerable part-time, contract, or temporary jobs. Fujifilm Holdings Corp will spend $928m to double capacity at a drug manufacturing facility in Denmark, which it has pledged to use in producing Covid-19 treatments, as the Japanese company steps up its pivot towards healthcare, Reuters reports. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 06:04 One new case in Myanmar  Two new cases in Slovenia  Five new cases in Estonia  8,987 new cases and 183 new deaths in Russia  One new case in Slovakia  Seven new cases in Sao Tome and Principe  463 new cases in Singapore   Four new cases in Lithuania  612 new cases and 13 new deaths in Armenia  Two new cases and 1onenew death in Latvia  14 new cases and 2twonew deaths in Hungary  683 new cases and 16 new deaths in Ukraine  656 new cases and 20 new deaths in Afghanistan  6Sixnew cases in Georgia  602 new cases and two new deaths in Bahrain  132 new cases in Israel  Four new cases in Thailand  78 new cases in Uzbekistan  Four new cases in Australia      Four new deaths in El Salvador  Six new cases in Jamaica   37 new cases in Kyrgyzstan  Three new cases in Mongolia  314 new cases in Kazakhstan  884 new cases and 21 new deaths in Bolivia  309 new cases and four new deaths in Honduras  145 new cases and six new deaths in Haiti  148 new cases and 12 new deaths in Sudan  6,397 new cases and 107 new deaths in Pakistan  56 new cases and one new death in South Korea  340 new cases and 18 new deaths in Guatemala  4,790 new cases and 587 new deaths in Mexico  Seven new cases in China  124 new cases and one new death in the United States Updates 11-06-2020 Headlines 06:30 Confirmed US cases passed 2 million. The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in the US, which is by far the worst-affected country worldwide, passed 2 million on Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins University data, which lists 2,000,464 cases. The country has recorded 112,908 deaths. Brazil, with the next highest number of cases, has 772,416 confirmed infections. US deaths could reach 200,000 in September. Ashish Jha, the head of Harvard’s Global Health Institute, told CNN in an interview on Wednesday that without drastic action, the number of US deaths would march on. Donald Trump will hold a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, next Friday – his first since states began shutting down in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The 19 June rally will likely rattle some public health experts, as coronavirus infections rise in about a dozen states. Latin America pandemic deaths passed 70,000, according to a Reuters count, as Mexico hit a daily record for confirmed infections. Brazil, with the largest economy in the region, remains Latin America’s most affected country as total fatalities are just shy of 40,000, the world’s third-highest death toll after the United States and Britain. Cuba will test all visitors for coronavirus when it reopens to international tourism, which will be limited at first to the beach resorts at the keys of the Caribbean’s largest island, Prime Minister Manuel Marrero Cruz said on Wednesday. Mexico City will embark on a large-scale testing effort as the centerpiece of its plan to reopen its economy, its mayor Claudia Sheinbaum has said. The plan sees it diverge from the federal government strategy, which has shunned widespread testing as a waste of resources. The goal will be performing some 100,000 tests per month by July and trying to detect and isolate new infections as quickly as possible, Sheinbaum said. On Wednesday, Mexico confirmed 4,883 coronavirus cases in a new daily record. The Italian prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, is to be questioned as part of an investigation driven into alleged errors made by authorities. Prosecutors in Bergamo, the Lombardy province worst hit by the virus, will also question the health minister and the interior minister. Authorities have fined Prince Joachim of Belgium €10,400 in Spain after going to a party in Cordoba, where he caught Covid-19. Joachim flew from Brussels to Madrid, then traveled to Cordoba to attend a party with 27 other guests on 26 May, at a time when gatherings were restricted to a maximum of 15 participants. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 06:04 239 new cases in Kazakhstan   36 new cases in Kyrgyzstan  5,834 new cases and 101 new deaths in Pakistan  Three new cases in Bhutan  81 new cases and one new death in Gabon  637 new cases and 25 new deaths in Bolivia  134 new cases and two new deaths in Haiti  425 new cases and 19 new deaths in Honduras  Nine new cases in Australia      45 new cases in South Korea  355 new cases and 27 new deaths in Guatemala  4,883 new cases and 708 new deaths in Mexico  11 new cases in China  Updates 10-06-2020 Headlines 06:30 Argentina confirmed more than 1,000 new cases in one day for the first time. Argentina confirmed more than 1,000 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday as the rate of new infections continued to rise just days after it extended lockdown measures in the capital Buenos Aires, the country’s largest city and epicenter for the virus, Reuters reports. Argentina’s Health Ministry logged 1,141 new cases in the past 24 hours, as well as 24 deaths, pushing its totals to 24,761 cases and 717 deaths since the outbreak began in early March. 21 US states reported weekly case increases. On Tuesday, 21 US states reported weekly increases in new cases of Covid-19. Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico all posted rises of 40% or higher for the week ended Sunday, compared with the prior seven days, according to a Reuters analysis. Brazil restored on Tuesday detailed Covid-19 data to the official national website, following a scandal about the removal of cumulative totals and a ruling by a Supreme Court justice that the full set of information is reinstated. The WHO called for new lockdowns in Pakistan. The World Health Organization has told Pakistan it should implement “intermittent” lockdowns to counter a surge in coronavirus infections that has come as the country loosens restrictions, an official said Tuesday. South Korea cases spiked again. South Korea’s coronavirus cases spiked to 50 new cases on Wednesday, after two consecutive days of fewer than 40 cases. “All but three of the locally transmitted cases were reported from the Seoul metropolitan area,” the Yonhap News Agency reported. A group of EU member states called for medical and equipment stockpiles to be increased. The leaders of Denmark, Spain, and Germany, as well as France, Belgium, and Poland, called for measures to boost the bloc’s long-term resilience to public health crises and backed proposals for shared research and development of vaccines and treatment. The epidemic in Mexico is advancing toward its peak level of infections, the World Health Organization warned. Mexico, where total confirmed cases exceed 120,000, and the death toll stands at about 14,000, began a gradual re-opening of the economy at the start of June. Pakistan should implement intermittent lockdowns to counter a surge in infections, the World Health Organization advised. The increase has come as the country was loosening restrictions. There have been sharp rises in reports of violence against women across Latin America, already a hotspot for gender-based violence, since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, the International Rescue Committee has said. Meghan Lopez, the IRC’s regional director for Latin America, said some women and girls were stuck with perpetrators 24 hours a day. The world faces a food crisis worse than any seen for at least 50 years, the UN has warned. Social protection for poor people is urgently needed as the looming recession following the Covid-19 pandemic may put basic nutrition out of reach. Nearly one in five people in Iran may have been infected with coronavirus since the country’s outbreak, a health official said. This meant the virus was “much less lethal than we or the world had anticipated,” said Ehsan Mostafavi, a member of the task force set up to combat Covid-19. Zoos, safari parks, and drive-in cinemas will be allowed to reopen in England from 15 June. Boris Johnson will make the official announcement on Wednesday. Updates: 06:24 525 new cases and 23 new deaths in Ukraine  369 new cases in Cameroon  469 new cases in Bahrain  166 new cases and three new deaths in the United States Four new cases in Georgia  683 new cases and 21 new deaths in Afghanistan  633 new cases in India 27 new cases in Uzbekistan  88 new cases in Israel  Four new cases in Thailand  38 new cases and two new deaths in Kyrgyzstan  245 new cases in Kazakhstan  5,385 new cases and 83 new deaths in Pakistan  Seven new cases in Australia      485 new cases and nine new deaths in Honduras  695 new cases and 12 new deaths in Bolivia  124 new cases and two new deaths in Haiti  50 new cases and two new deaths in South Korea  Two new deaths in El Salvador  364 new cases and 22 new deaths in Guatemala  Six new cases in Jamaica  4,199 new cases and 596 new deaths in Mexico  Three new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates 09-06-2020 Headlines 06:30 Global infections have risen to 7,119,454, with deaths at 406,540, according to Johns Hopkins data. The US still has the most infections (1,961,185) and deaths (111,007). The UK has the second-highest death toll globally (40,680). University of Washington researchers have estimated that 145,728 people could die of Covid-19 in the United States by August. Infectious disease experts have said that large street protests held in major cities after George Floyd’s death could spark a new outbreak. Brazil continues its steep trajectory of Covid-19 cases, passing 700,000 infections on Monday (second only to the US), with 37,134 deaths. It passed 500,000 cases on 1 June. The World Health Organization has warned against complacency, saying the coronavirus pandemic situation is worsening around the globe. The WHO said it had recorded its highest daily tally of new infections on Sunday (136,000), with Covid-19 is raging in the Americas. “Although the situation in Europe is improving, globally it is worsening,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. Russia will lift a range of lockdown measures on Tuesday, including the lockdown in Moscow, the city’s mayor has announced. The capital’s restriction on movement end on Tuesday, allowing residents to travel freely for the first time since March. Some measures have gradually eased, with some shops opening. New Zealanders have enjoyed their first day of level-1 restrictions, where all coronavirus measures have been lifted, except at its international borders. A report by the charity CARE international found a ‘global absence’ of women in leadership roles in response to coronavirus. A survey of 30 countries and found on average that women made up only 24% of national response committees. Mexico has reported 354 new deaths and 2,999 new infections from Covid-19. Updates: 06:24 305 new cases and seven new deaths in Afghanistan  1,118 new cases in India   57 new cases in Israel  Eight new cases in Uzbekistan  Two new cases in Thailand  215 new cases and two new deaths in Kazakhstan   23 new cases and one new death in Kyrgyzstan  Two new cases in Suriname   One new death in Costa Rica   4,646 new cases and 105 new deaths in Pakistan  204 new cases and three new deaths in Haiti  306 new cases and ten new deaths in Bolivia  Two new cases in Australia      One new death in El Salvador  38 new cases and one new death in South Korea  123 new cases and four new deaths in Honduras  447 new cases and 15 new deaths in Guatemala  2,999 new cases and 354 new deaths in Mexico  One new case in Jamaica  Source Worldometers, The Guardian Click on  Coronavirus History Updates 2020 Globally to read about updates about the Coronavirus starting on January 24, 2020 Updates 04-06-2020 Headlines 06:30 Known coronavirus cases pass 6.4 m. According to Johns Hopkins University, there have been 6,430,705 known coronavirus cases so far, and 385,947 deaths reported. Brazil looks to reopen despite record coronavirus deaths. Brazil registered a record number of daily deaths from the novel coronavirus for a second consecutive day, according to Health Ministry data released on Wednesday, even as city and state authorities move aggressively to open commerce back up. The nation recorded 1,349 new coronavirus deaths on Wednesday and 28,633 additional confirmed cases, the data showed. Brazil has now registered 32,548 deaths, and 584,016 total confirmed cases. In Brazil, right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro has repeatedly downplayed the threat of the virus, saying on Tuesday that death was “everyone’s destiny.” George Floyd had coronavirus, according to autopsy. Floyd tested positive for coronavirus, according to a full autopsy report released by the Hennepin County medical examiner’s office. The report noted that the virus was not a contributing factor in his death and that Floyd was asymptomatic.KSTP News reports: “A postmortem nasal swab was taken, which confirmed that Floyd was positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. It is noted that Floyd was known to be positive for Covid-19 on April 3. The postmortem positivity likely reflects asymptomatic but persistent PCR positivity from the previous infection, the report said.” Mexico sees deaths twice as high as the previous records. Mexican health authorities reported 1,092 coronavirus deaths on Wednesday, the highest toll in one day so far, with total infections surging past 100,000. The number of deaths was more than twice a previous record, and daily infections were also at an all-time high of 3,912. The additions bring the total number of known cases to 101,238 and deaths to 11,729. Health authorities have previously said the real number is higher. California: the rise in Covid-19 cases raises fears over reopening and protests. The number of coronavirus cases in California is on the rise after weeks of optimism that infections had slowed, raising fears that plans to reopen counties, along with mass protests against police brutality, could accelerate the transmission of the virus. According to numbers from Johns Hopkins University, which has been tracking coronavirus cases and deaths, California is one of 20 states that have seen an uptick in cases in the past five days. Coronavirus crisis could cause a $25tn fossil fuel industry collapse. The coronavirus outbreak could trigger a $25tn (£20tn) collapse in the fossil fuel industry by accelerating a terminal decline for the world’s most polluting companies. A study has found that the value of the world’s fossil fuel reserves could fall by two-thirds, sooner than the industry experts, because the Covid-19 crisis has hastened the peak for oil, gas, and coal demand. The looming fossil fuel collapse could pose “a significant threat to global financial stability” by wiping out the market value of fossil fuel companies, according to financial thinktank Carbon Tracker. Spain’s congress voted to approve a sixth and final two-week extension of the country’s state of emergency. It has been in effect since 14 March, and Wednesday’s vote means that the exceptional measures that have underpinned one of Europe’s strictest lockdowns will now remain in force until 21 June. The UK’s business secretary Alok Sharma went into self-isolation after beginning to feel unwell in the House of Commons chamber. He was delivering the second reading of the corporate governance and insolvency bill. WHO reports 100,000 new cases a day for five days. The World Health Organization has received reports of 100,000 new cases of coronavirus every day for the past five days, as the outbreak gathers pace in various regions around the world, its director-general has said. The WHO director-general, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, also said it had resumed trials of h...chl...uine. This arthritis drug had been used to treat Covid-19 patients after reviewing studies that showed it was dangerous. Updates: 06:24 17 new cases in Thailand  28 new cases in Kyrgyzstan  4,801 new cases and 82 new deaths in Pakistan  95 new cases in India   133 new cases and two new deaths in Haiti  One new case in Mongolia  271 new cases in Kazakhstan  647 new cases and 24 new deaths in Bolivia  174 new cases and 20 new deaths in Guatemala  14 new cases in Sri Lanka  11 new cases in Australia      39 new cases in South Korea  163 new cases and nine new deaths in Honduras   Two new deaths in El Salvador  3,912 new cases and 1,092 new deaths in Mexico   582 new cases and 21 new deaths in Brazil  One new case and one new death in Jamaica  One new case in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates 03-06-2020 Headlines 08:05 Known deaths in the coronavirus pandemic passed 380,000 on Wednesday, with Johns Hopkins University figures showing the toll currently standing at 380,250. Confirmed infections are nearing 3.4 million, with 6,378,239 so dar. Brazil's deaths passed 30,000. A record 1,262 Covid-19 deaths have been recorded in Brazil today - taking the country’s total death toll to 31,199 - but the president continues to downplay the pandemic. The figures were announced on Tuesday evening by Brazil’s health ministry, which also said the number of coronavirus cases had risen to 555,383, second only to the United States. The South American country is now on the verge of overtaking Italy, where 33,530 deaths have been recorded, as the country with the third-highest number of deaths. Australia’s economy is in recession. Australian treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, has confirmed Australia is now in a recession as the economy reels from the coronavirus pandemic. His confirmation came after the Australian Bureau of Statistics reported the economy shrank by 0.3% in the March quarter, on the back of the bushfires, drought and coronavirus pandemic. Asked whether the country was now in recession, he said: “Well, the answer to that is ‘yes.’ And that is based on the advice that I have from the Treasury department about where the June quarter is expected to be.” New Zealand saw its 12th consecutive day with no new cases. New Zealand has reported a 12th straight day of no new cases of Covid-19, as the government considers abandoning as early as next week all remaining restrictions on the country except stringent border controls. Just one person in New Zealand is still recovering from the illness, health officials said on Wednesday. They are not in the hospital. There have been fewer than 1,500 confirmed cases of the virus in the country, with 22 deaths. French anti-racism protesters defied a coronavirus gathering ban. Clashes broke out between police and protesters in Paris on Tuesday after around 20,000 people defied a ban to rally over the 2016 death of a black man in police custody, galvanized by US demonstrations against racism and deadly police violence. China’s service sector is bouncing back. China’s huge service sector has bounced back to growth for the first time since January in a sign that the world’s second-largest economy is recovering strongly from strict coronavirus-induced containment measures. Although employment and overseas demand remain weak in the economy, the Caixin/Markit services purchasing managers’ index rose to 55.0 in May from 44.4 in April, hitting the highest level since late 2010. The 50-mark separates growth from contraction every month. Yemen aid funding falls short by US$1bn. Yemen remains on the brink of “a macabre tragedy,” the UN has warned after a humanitarian fundraising summit raised only $1.35bn for this year, around $1bn short of the target and only half the sum raised at the equivalent pledging conference last year. Dr. Abdullah al-Rabiah, the head of the King Salman Centre for Relief and Humanitarian Aid in Saudi Arabia, which co-hosted the virtual summit, put the overall shortfall down to the impact of coronavirus on national budgets and concerns about the restrictions on aid flow imposed by the parties to Yemen’s five-year civil war. Hopes were raised about the possible availability of a vaccine. A senior US army researcher said it was reasonable to expect that some sort of vaccine could be available to some parts of the US population by the end of the year. France’s death toll rose by more than 100 in 24 hours for the first time in 13 days. It came as the country enacts a new easing of lockdown measures. Iran confirmed its second-highest number of new cases in 24 hours since its outbreak began, with the health ministry saying 3,117 people tested positive. The number of new daily infections in Iran has now returned to levels previously seen at the peak of its outbreak in late March. Germany’s travel warning for Europe will be lifted on Wednesday, its foreign minister, Heiko Maas, announced. The worldwide travel warning still applies. But, for the countries of the EU and associated states, the warning will be replaced by travel advice that will give travelers detailed information about the situation in each state. The UK’s official death toll passed 50,000, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics. The total differs from the government’s daily counts, which only include deaths in hospitals and care homes where the person had tested positive. The UK statistics watchdog criticized the government’s testing data. Whitehall’s use of testing data appears to be aimed more at making it look like a lot is being done than actually painting a clear picture, the chairman of the UK Statistics Authority warned the health secretary, Matt Hancock. A Wuhan doctor who worked with the whistleblower Li Wenliang died of the virus last week, Chinese state media reported. Hu Weifeng, a urologist at Wuhan central hospital, reportedly became China’s first Covid-19 fatality in weeks when he died on Friday after being treated for more than four months. Updates: 06:31 One new case in Thailand  424 new cases in India   4,065 new cases and 67 new deaths in Pakistan  225 new cases in Kazakhstan   Eight new cases in Australia      165 new cases and eight new deaths in Honduras  Three new deaths in El Salvador  460 new cases and 33 new deaths in Bolivia  1,569 new cases and 31 new deaths in Brazil  49 new cases and one new death in South Korea  Two new cases in Jamaica  250 new cases and seven new deaths in Guatemala  3,891 new cases and 470 new deaths in Mexico  Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates 02-06-2020 Headlines 08:05 Global infections from Covid-19 stand at 6,266,193, with deaths at 375,554, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker. South Korea will begin trialing QR codes as part of its track and trace efforts to contain the virus. From 10 June, visitors to nightclubs, bars, karaoke clubs, daytime discos, indoor gyms that hold group exercises and indoor standing concert halls will be required to use an app that generates a one-time personalized QR code that can be scanned at the door. It follows difficulties tracing potential infections from last month’s Seoul nightclubs cluster of 270 cases after people gave false or incomplete information. Pakistan’s prime minister, Imran Khan, has defended his decision to lift almost all lockdown measures because of economic losses, as cases arise. In a televised address, Khan said his government could not afford to continue giving cash handouts to the poor on such a large scale. He urged people to act responsibly but said more infections and deaths were inevitable. “This virus will spread more. I have to say it with regret that there will be more deaths,” Khan warned. “If people do take care, they can live with the virus.” New Zealand’s PM, Jacinda Ardern, has said restrictions may be eased again sooner than planned as the country was “ahead of schedule” in tackling Covid-19. Cabinet will decide next Monday whether to move to level-1 restrictions – the most lenient – two weeks ahead of when the government had planned to make that decision. New Zealand has had no Covid-19 cases for 11 straight days. Level-1 is thought only to involve border restrictions. The World Health Organization has warned that the increased use of antibiotics to combat the pandemic will strengthen bacterial resistance and ultimately lead to more deaths during the crisis and beyond. WHO director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said a “worrying number” of bacterial infections were becoming increasingly resistant to the medicines traditionally used to treat them. The risk of Covid-19 infection could double if the 2-meter rule is reduced in the UK, a study part-funded by the WHO, and published in The Lancet has found. Last week, Boris Johnson said he hoped to “be able to reduce that (2-meter) distance”, to make it easier to travel on public transport and boost the hospitality industry. Deaths in Mexico passed 10,000 as the WHO warned that Central and South America had become “intense zones for transmission of this virus” and had not reached their peak in cases. Brazil registered 11,598 additional cases of coronavirus and 623 new deaths on Monday, taking its confirmed cases to 526,447 and deaths to 29,937. The Armenian prime minister, Nikol Pashinyan, has tested positive to Covid-19. Armenia, which has a population of 3 million, had registered 9,492 confirmed coronavirus cases and 139 deaths as of Monday. China reported five new imported cases and no deaths on Tuesday. As of Monday, there were 73 active cases in the country, according to the national health commission. Updates: 06:31 19 new cases and four new deaths in Bulgaria  16 new cases in Uzbekistan  Two new cases in Dominica  One new case and one new death in Thailand  263 new cases in Kazakhstan  28 new cases in Kyrgyzstan  3,938 new cases and 78 new deaths in Pakistan  336 new cases in India   Four new cases in Bhutan  17 new cases in Australia      549 new cases and 30 new deaths in Bolivia  Two new cases in Jamaica  38 new cases and one new death in South Korea  102 new cases and one new death in Haiti  160 new cases and five new deaths in Honduras   2,771 new cases and 237 new deaths in Mexico  249 new cases and eight new deaths in Guatemala  Five new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates 01-06-2020 Headlines 08:05 Manila eases lockdown. Traffic jams and crowds of commuters returned to the Philippine capital on Monday, as Manilla relaxed antivirus measures in a high-stakes gamble to slowly reopen the economy while fighting the coronavirus outbreak. Public transport was still limited, and many commuters waited for hours to get a ride despite the government deploying special buses. School classes remain suspended for the next two weeks. Barbershops and beauty salons can open next week at a third of their capacity. The Philippines remains a south-east Asian hotspot for Covid-19, with more than 18,000 infections and 957 deaths. Japan may open doors to travelers from selected countries. Japan is considering reopening its borders to travelers from selected countries that have low levels of coronavirus infections, as it begins to ease restrictions put in place earlier this year to control the outbreak. As schools, cinemas, sports clubs, and department stores reopened in Tokyo on Monday, the media have reported that the government is also planning to allow travelers in from Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, and New Zealand in the coming months. There was no immediate comment from the foreign ministry. Hong Kong reports the first locally transmitted case in two weeks. Hong Kong has confirmed its first locally transmitted coronavirus cases in more than two weeks, fuelling concerns over its spread as restrictions on movement are relaxed, Reuters reports. The Centre for Health Protection said it was investigating two confirmed cases of coronavirus, taking the number of cases so far to 1,085. Four people have died of the disease in Hong Kong. Wuhan reports zero new asymptomatic cases. Wuhan, the Chinese city of around 11 million people where the Covid-19 pandemic began, reported no new asymptomatic cases on Sunday, according to Chinese health officials. State media, Xinhua, said recently more than 60,000 nucleic acid tests were conducted on Sunday, finding no asymptomatic cases. Mainland China reported 16 new cases overall on Sunday, the highest daily number in three weeks. All were reported as imported cases – 11 in Sichuan province, three in Inner Mongolia, and two in Guangdong. Brazil passes 500,000 Covid-19 cases. Brazil has reported 16,409 new cases, taking the total of infected cases to 514,849. It keeps the country in second place in terms of infections, behind the US, on 1.78 million cases. Brazil has moved into fourth in terms of deaths, with 29,314 fatalities, according to the health ministry. President Jair Bolsonaro has repeatedly dismissed the severity of the virus and continued to mock social distancing measures. On Sunday, he rode a horse to a rally calling for the supreme court to be shut down for investigating him. Moscow eases lockdown despite high virus caseload. Shopping malls and parks are set to reopen in Moscow on Monday as the Russian capital eases coronavirus restrictions despite having the world’s third-largest caseload, with 405,843 infections. The relaxation of the confinement orders in Moscow, the epicenter of Russia’s outbreak with a population of more than 12 million, comes after President Vladimir Putin announced the epidemic had passed its peak in the country. North Korea to reopen schools. North Korea will reopen schools this month after shuttering them over the coronavirus pandemic, reports said Monday. Pyongyang has not confirmed a single infection but has imposed strict rules, including closing its borders and putting thousands of its people into isolation. The new school term – initially scheduled to start in early April – has been repeatedly postponed, although some universities and high schools were allowed to resume classes in mid-April. The Queen makes a first public appearance. In the UK, the Queen has been pictured riding in the grounds of Windsor Castle – her first public appearance since the lockdown began. Windsor is said to be the Queen’s favorite royal residence, and she has been photographed over the weekend riding one of her ponies, a 14-year-old Fell pony called Balmoral Fern. The 94-year-old regularly rides in the grounds of Windsor and has been a passionate horse lover and breeder of thoroughbred racehorses throughout her reign. Spain to extend lockdown. Spain’s prime minister, Pedro Sanchez, has said the country needs 15 more days of lockdown until 21 June “to finish with the pandemic once and for all,” and that he would ask parliament to approve a final two-week extension to the stay home rule. “We have almost achieved what we set out to do,” Sanchez told a press conference, as he expressed his intense relief that the number of new cases in Spain, one of the nations hardest-hit by the virus, had fallen dramatically. Bangladesh lifts lockdown. Bangladesh lifted its coronavirus lockdown on Sunday, with millions heading back to work in densely populated cities and towns even as the country logged a record spike in deaths and new infections. “The lockdown has been lifted, and we are heading almost towards our regular life,” health department spokeswoman Nasima Sultana said, calling on those returning to work to wear masks and observe social distancing. It comes as Bangladesh – which on Friday took an emergency pandemic loan from the International Monetary Fund – reported its biggest daily jump in infections Sunday, with 2,545 new cases and a record 40 deaths. Updates: 06:31 182 new cases in India   35 new cases in Israel  Six new cases in Bulgaria  39 new cases in Uzbekistan  One new case in Thailand  69 new cases in Kyrgyzstan  450 new cases and one new death in Kazakhstan   2,964 new cases and 60 new deaths in Pakistan  One new death in Sri Lanka  Six new cases in Mongolia  Four new cases in Myanmar  143 new cases and 27 new deaths in Brazil  390 new cases and three new deaths in Bolivia  108 new cases and 11 new deaths in Honduras   189 new cases in Ghana  Seven new cases in Australia      259 new cases and three new deaths in Haiti  35 new cases and one new death in South Korea  348 new cases and six new deaths in Guatemala  16 new cases in China  3,152 new cases and 151 new deaths in Mexico  Five new cases in Jamaica  Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates 31-05-2020 Headlines 08:05 Global cases pass 6 million. The world has passed the milestone of six million confirmed coronavirus cases, with 6,057,553 confirmed infections worldwide, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, and 369,106 deaths. The US is the worst-affected country in terms of cases and deaths, with 1,769,776 infections and 103,685 fatalities. Donald Trump postpones the G7 summit. US President Donald Trump has postponed the Group of Seven summit that he wanted to hold in June and will also expand the list of countries invited to attend the rescheduled event to include Australia, Russia, South. Korea and India. Speaking to reporters on Air Force One during his return to Washington from Cape Canaveral in Florida, Trump said the G7 in its current format was a “very outdated group of countries.” “I’m postponing it because I don’t feel that as a G7, it properly represents what’s going on in the world,” Trump said. Lockdown to be eased for England’s most clinically vulnerable. The more than 2 million people who have been “shielding” from Covid-19 in England because they are deemed to be clinically extremely vulnerable will be allowed to spend time outdoors from Monday for the first time in 10 weeks. Boris Johnson praised their resilience as their particular lockdown measures are set to be eased. The communities secretary, Robert Jenrick, will confirm the move on Sunday. Brazil cases are near 500,000 after record increase. Brazil registered a record 33,274 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Saturday, its health ministry said, raising the total to 498,440 in a country with one of the world’s worst outbreaks. The death toll in Brazil from Covid-19, the respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus, increased to 28,834, with 956 new deaths in the last 24 hours, the ministry said. Los Angeles shuts down COVID testing amid protests. Coronavirus testing centers in Los Angeles, California, have been closed due to safety concerns amid the protests, according to LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, who said the centers were being closed “because of the safety worries across the city.” South Korea reports 27 new cases. South Korea has reported 27 new cases of the coronavirus, including 21 from the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area, where officials have been scrambling to stem transmissions linked to club-goers and warehouse workers. The figures announced by South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Sunday brought national totals to 11,468 cases and 270 deaths. Twelve of the new cases were linked to international arrivals. Pope Francis implores world leaders to provide social and economic relief for the many workers who have lost jobs and called for the enormous sums of money used to grow and perfect armaments be instead used to fund research to prevent similar catastrophes in the future. Britain’s top public health leaders warn Boris Johnson that trust in the government has been shattered by the Dominic Cummings affair and now poses a real danger to life when lockdown measures are lifted this week. Cummings, Johnson’s top aide, has been embroiled in a scandal after he was seen in Durham, 264 miles from his London home, despite having had coronavirus symptoms. Greece will conduct coronavirus tests on visitors arriving from airports deemed high-risk by the European Union’s aviation safety agency EASA when it opens its airports to tourism traffic on 15 June. The list currently includes 13 airports in the United Kingdom, all those in 22 US states, and those in the Ile de France region surrounding Paris. South Africa’s infection cases now exceed 30,000, the country’s health minister Zweli Mkhize said on Saturday. The country reported 1,727 new cases, taking the cumulative total to 30,967. The death toll increased by 32 to 643. Updates: 06:31 Eight new cases in Uzbekistan  Four new cases in Thailand  26 new cases in Kyrgyzstan  316 new cases in India   3,039 new cases and 88 new deaths in Pakistan  476 new cases in Kazakhstan   Ten new cases in Bhutan  Six new cases in Jamaica  861 new cases and ten new deaths in Bolivia  1,526 new cases and 15 new deaths in Brazil  Seven new cases in Australia      208 new cases and two new deaths in Honduras  132 new cases and 12 new deaths in Guatemala  281 new cases and six new deaths in Haiti  Two new deaths in El Salvador  27 new cases and one new death in South Korea  One new case in Trinidad and Tobago   Seven new cases in Sri Lanka  Two new cases in Suriname  2,885 new cases and 364 new deaths in Mexico  Two new cases in China  Updates 30-05-2020 Headlines 08:05 Deaths surge in Brazil and Russia Trump says US is quitting WHO 12 migrants in Mexican government shelter test positive US supreme court rejects the church's dispute against California lockdown laws The US supreme court has rejected a challenge by a church group to block California’s lockdown laws, which limit attendance at religious worship to 25% of building capacity or 100 people. Ruby Princess passengers warned about tuberculosis infection. Passengers on the Ruby Princess cruise ship, a voyage which was responsible for 10% of all coronavirus cases in Australia after an outbreak on board, have been issued with yet another health warning – this time for tuberculosis. Updates: 07:55 21 new cases in Israel  14 new cases and three new deaths in Bulgaria  45 new cases in Uzbekistan   One new case in Cambodia   One new case in Thailand  One new death in El Salvador  60 new cases in Kyrgyzstan  11 new cases in Australia      272 new cases in India   Two new cases in Bhutan  17 new cases in Myanmar  2,429 new cases and 78 new deaths in Pakistan  450 new cases in Kazakhstan   134 new cases and three new deaths in Honduras  Four new cases in China  141 new cases in Haiti  344 new cases and seven new deaths in Bolivia  259 new cases and ten new deaths in Guatemala  Six new cases in Jamaica  39 new cases in South Korea  One new case in Vietnam  3,227 new cases and 371 new deaths in Mexico  Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates 29-05-2020 Headlines 08:05 The number of people infected by Covid-19 has exceeded 5.8 million, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. At least 360,000 people have died from the virus. The US accounts for about 30% of cases, way ahead of Brazil (7.2%), Russia (6.6%), the UK (4.7%), Spain (4.1%), and Italy (4%). The Philippines records its highest daily infection rate- 539 new cases - but will ease lockdowns. Residents in Manila will see their lockdown – one of the toughest and longest in the world – ease from Monday, despite the Philippines seeing its biggest spike in coronavirus cases on Thursday. The Philippines reported 539 infections on Thursday, its highest-ever daily tally, to make a total of 15,588. It has recorded 921 deaths. “For me, this does not look bad,” Duterte said in a late-night televised address, citing what he described as the country’s low mortality rate. His health minister, Francisco Duque, said 90% of the country’s Covid-19 cases were “mild,” and only less than 2% are “severe and critical.” India’s health system is at risk of being overwhelmed by Covid-19 spread. In Mumbai’s Sion hospital emergency ward, there are two people to a bed. Patients, many with coronavirus symptoms and strapped two to a single oxygen tank, were captured lying almost on top of each other, top-to-toe on shared stretchers, or just lying on the floor, in footage shared on social media in India this week. Mumbai, a city of more than 20 million people, is weeks into the pandemic, but with new cases showing no sign of slowing down, the city’s already weak healthcare system appears to be on the brink of collapse. State hospitals such as Sion, overcrowded in normal times, are overrun. With frontline doctors and nurses falling sick with the virus in their droves, it is also leading to a shortage of medical staff. Life during the coronavirus lockdown has reinforced gender inequality across Europe, with research emphasizing that the economic and social consequences of the crisis are far greater for women and threaten to push them back into traditional roles in the home, which they will struggle to shake off once it is over. Throughout the continent, campaign groups are warning that the burdens of the home office and homeschooling together with additional household duties and extra cooking, has been unequally carried by women. Improvements made in their lives by the growing inequality over the past decades are in danger of being rolled back by the health crisis. The number of Americans who have lost their jobs in the past ten weeks soared to more than 40 million, with 2.1 million people filing for unemployment last week. The growth in the number of claims has slowed, but millions more have continued to file for unemployment each week, bringing the total number to a rate not seen since the Great Depression. New York governor Andrew Cuomo said he would sign an executive order allowing businesses to deny entry to customers not wearing masks. He said: “That store owner has a right to protect himself. You don’t want to wear a mask, fine. But you don’t have a right to then go into that store if that store owner doesn’t want you to.” The US has now recorded more than 100,000 deaths from Covid-19, according to Johns Hopkins University, as many states continued to relax mitigation measures. The US has recorded more deaths from the disease than any other country in the pandemic. Almost three times as many as the second-ranking country, the UK. There have been more than 159,000 excess deaths in Europe since early March, during the height of the coronavirus epidemic, the head of the World Health. Organization’s regional office for the continent said. Hans Kluge said 2 million people had been confirmed to have caught the coronavirus since it was first detected on the continent four months ago. About 175,000 had died. Up to six people will be able to meet outside in the UK from Monday, providing members of different households continue to stay two meters apart, the prime minister has said. This will be allowed in gardens and other private outdoor spaces, Boris Johnson added. Paris is no longer a “red” coronavirus danger zone, the risks posed by the virus moving down a notch to “orange,” according to France’s prime minister, Edouard Philippe. The rating means Paris is not as free as the majority of French regions designated “green.” Health officials in Moscow updated their figures on coronavirus deaths to add those who “died with” the virus. On top of 636 deaths in April directly caused by Covid-19 reported earlier, the health department added the deaths of 756 people who tested positive for the virus but died of other causes. Updates: 07:55 25 new cases and eight new deaths in Hungary   15 new cases in Israel  11 new cases in Thailand  2,801 new cases and 57 new deaths in Pakistan  356 new cases in Kazakhstan   413 new cases in India   18 new cases in Mongolia  123 new cases and one new death in Haiti  619 new cases and 13 new deaths in Bolivia  15 new cases in Australia     203 new cases and 12 new deaths in Guatemala  58 new cases in South Korea  112 new cases and two new deaths in Honduras   One new case in the Bahamas  3,377 new cases and 447 new deaths in Mexico  Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates 28-05-2020 Headlines 08:05 Known global cases near 5.7m. According to researchers at Johns Hopkins University, at least 5,693,066 people are known to have contracted the virus since the pandemic began, while at least 355,653 people are known to have died. The true death toll and the number of cases are likely to be significantly higher due to differing definitions and testing rates, delays, and suspected underreporting. US deaths pass 100,000. Data from Johns Hopkins University shows that the United States has recorded more than 100,000 deaths from Covid-19, moving past a somber milestone even as many states relax mitigation measures to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. The US has recorded more deaths from the disease than any other country in the pandemic. Almost three times as many as the second-ranking country, Britain. Trump silent on the US death toll. Donald Trump remained silent on the death of more than 100,000 Americans from Covid-19 as the US mourned the milestone. The president made no comment on Twitter about the momentous day but used the platform to attack tech companies for trying to censor him, a day after Twitter put a fact-check warning on one of his claims. WHO launches foundation to put finances in better health. The World Health Organization on Wednesday launched a new foundation for private donations, as US President Donald Trump threatens to pull the plug over its handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, AFP reports. South Korea could face return to coronavirus restrictions. South Korea has reported its biggest daily increase in coronavirus cases in 53 days, triggering warnings it may have to revert to stricter social distancing measures after appearing to have brought the outbreak under control. The Korean Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) reported 79 new infections on Thursday, with 67 of them from the Seoul metropolitan area, home to about half of the country’s population of 51 million. UN: Virus could push 14 million into hunger in Latin America. The UN World Food Program is warning that at least 14 million people could go hungry in Latin America as the coronavirus pandemic rages further on. New projections released late on Wednesday estimate a startling four-fold increase in severe food insecurity. European investment slashed. Over a third of European foreign direct investment projects announced in 2019 have been either delayed or canceled outright because of the coronavirus pandemic, an annual survey by professional services group EY found. Some 65% of the 6,412 projects in question are already in place or continuing, “albeit with downgraded capacity and recruitment,” EY said. A further 25% were delayed, and 10 percent canceled, its Europe Attractiveness survey found. Ireland faces record recession: think tank. Ireland is facing its deepest-ever recession as the coronavirus lockdown devastates jobs and strains the public finances, a think tank said Thursday. A report by Ireland’s Economic and Social Research Institute predicts the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) will decline by 12.4% this year. That was the “most likely” scenario under a government plan to lift the lockdown in August. Still, with the economy struggling to return to pre-pandemic levels owing to physical distancing measures, ESRI said. Tory anger at Dominic Cummings builds. 61 Conservative MPs defied British PM Boris Johnson’s calls to “move on” from the Dominic Cummings crisis as a senior minister broke ranks to accuse the special adviser of inconsistencies in his account of his behavior during the lockdown. Former chancellor Sajid Javid also said the journey was not “necessary or justified” as the number of backbenchers calling for Cummings to resign or be sacked grew to 44, with more than 60 Tory MPs weighing in to criticize him. Two of those condemning Cummings are government whips. The study raises concerns. Questions have been raised about a study published in The Lancet that prompted the World Health Organization to halt global trials of the drug. The Lancet said the authors were “investigating urgently” an apparent discrepancy in the data. It comes amid scientists’ concerns that rigorous standards are falling by the wayside in the race to understand the virus. Updates: 07:55 329 new cases in India    17 new cases and one new death in Bulgaria  16 new cases in Israel  560 new cases and eight new deaths in Afghanistan  27 new cases in Uzbekistan  23 new cases and four new deaths in Hungary   11 new cases in Thailand  74 new cases in Kyrgyzstan  2,076 new cases and 35 new deaths in Pakistan  13 new cases in Mongolia  272 new cases in Kazakhstan  11 new cases in Australia      632 new cases and six new deaths in Bolivia  146 new cases and one new death in Haiti  200 new cases and 11 new deaths in Sudan   79 new cases in South Korea  One new death in New Zealand  Two new deaths in El Salvador  191 new cases and five new deaths in Guatemala  239 new cases and six new deaths in Honduras   Two new cases in China  Five new cases in Jamaica  3,463 new cases and 463 new deaths in Mexico   Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates 27-05-2020 Headlines 07:17 Known global deaths pass 350,000. More than 350,000 people have now lost their lives in the coronavirus pandemic worldwide, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker. The current toll stands at 350,456. The number of confirmed cases is 5,589,932, after the number of declared cases doubled in a month, with more than one million new cases registered in the last 11 days. There were 500,000 cases registered in just 48 hours, between Sunday, when cases passed 5 million, and Tuesday, when cases passed 5.5 million. True death tolls and cases are likely to be significantly higher due to differing definitions and testing rates, delays, and suspected underreporting. The US alone accounts for less than a third of the global toll, with 98,916 deaths. Tory unrest increases pressure on PM to sack Dominic Cummings. There is a growing revolt within Boris Johnson’s party over his refusal to fire Dominic Cummings, his chief adviser, over his lockdown breach. A junior minister has resigned, and 30 other Conservative MPs have called for Cummings to go. Eight more Tory MPs were publicly critical of Cummings’ actions, and three said privately that he should be forced out, according to the Guardian’s Heather Stewart, Rowena Mason, and Kate Proctor. The WHO says the Americas are the new epicenter of the disease. The World Health Organization’s regional director Dr. Carissa Etienne said outbreaks were accelerating in countries such as Brazil, where the number of deaths reported in the last week was the highest in the world for seven days since the coronavirus pandemic began. The number of coronavirus infections to accelerate in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua, she said. New Zealand expects a plan for safe travel with Australia in June. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Wednesday that a draft blueprint on safely starting travel between New Zealand and Australia would be presented to both governments in early June, Reuters reports. The neighbors have been discussing the possibility of a travel bubble between them as both have slowed the spread of the novel coronavirus to levels well below those in United States, Britain, and some other European countries. New Zealand has also reported a fifth consecutive day of no new cases of Covid-19. South Korea reports the biggest daily jump in almost 50 days. South Korea South Korea has reported 40 new coronavirus cases for its biggest daily jump in nearly 50 days, causing alarm in a country where millions of children are returning to school. All but four of the new cases came from the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area, where officials have been scrambling to stem transmissions linked to nightclubs, karaoke rooms, and an e-commerce warehouse. Three cases were linked to international arrivals. South Korea has also jailed a man for four months for breaking quarantine rules in the country’s first such prison sentence. Vietnam to readmit foreigners. Vietnam will resume issuing e-visas to citizens from 80 countries from 1 July, the government said, though it was unclear whether quarantine measures would be lifted. The country imposed a blanket ban on foreigners entering the country in March as part of its aggressive response to the pandemic, which has also involved mass quarantines and expansive contact tracing. So far, Vietnam has not reported any coronavirus deaths. Macron unveils €8bn French auto rescue, champions electric cars. President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday announced an €8bn (US$8.8bn) plan to revive France’s auto industry by making it the European leader in electric cars, boosting a sector brought to its knees by the coronavirus. Macron said the package would include one billion euros in subsidies to encourage purchases of electric and hybrid cars and set a target of France producing a million green cars annually by 2025. The “historic” intervention will aim to turn France’s rechargeable car industry into Europe’s biggest, the president said. Germany extends distancing rules to the end of June. Germany has extended social distancing rules aimed at containing the spread of the coronavirus epidemic to 29 June, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government said on Tuesday. Merkel’s government had been embroiled in disagreements with the least-affected states, some of which wanted to ditch the measures and open up entirely. Germany’s virus caseload now tops 181,200 with just over 8,372 deaths - much lower than European counterparts such as Britain, France, Spain, and Italy. India backs for virus prevention. India’s top biomedical research body has backed the use of the anti-malarial as a preventive against coronavirus after the WHO suspended clinical trials of the drug over safety concerns. The endorsement from the Indian Council of Medical Research came a week after US President Donald Trump said he was taking the drug as a preventative measure. India - which accounts for 70% of global production of - on Tuesday reported 145,380 cases of the virus, including 4,167 deaths. Spain begins ten days of mourning. Starting on Wednesday, the country will mourn for the nearly 27,000 people who have died from coronavirus in the country. Flags will be hoisted to half-staff in more than 14,000 public buildings across the country and on Spanish naval vessels until 5 June. It marks the longest official mourning period in Spain’s four-decade-old democracy. Updates: 07:14 Nine new cases in Thailand  335 new cases in Kazakhstan  52 new cases in Kyrgyzstan  1,083 new cases and two new deaths in India    One new case in China  Seven new cases in Mongolia  111 new cases and two new deaths in Haiti  476 new cases and 13 new deaths in Bolivia  212 new cases and six new deaths in Honduras  194 new cases and four new deaths in Guatemala  2,147 new cases and 44 new deaths in Brazil  Six new cases and one new death in Australia      40 new cases in South Korea  Eight new cases in Jamaica  3,455 new cases and 501 new deaths in Mexico   Source worldometers, the guardian Updates 26-05-2020 Headlines 06:47 There are almost 5.5m cases worldwide, according to the Johns Hopkins university coronavirus tracker, which has counted a total of 5,495,061 confirmed infections. The death toll stands at 346,232. WHO warns of “second peak” in areas where Covid-19 is declining. Countries, where coronavirus infections are declining, could still face an “immediate second peak” if they let up too soon on measures to halt the outbreak, the World Health Organization said on Monday. WHO emergencies head Dr. Mike Ryan told an online briefing, “We cannot make assumptions that just because the disease is on the way down now it is going to keep going down and we get some months to get ready for a second wave. We may get a second peak in this wave.” This year, Mexico City has issued 8,072 more death certificates than the average for the same period in the past four years, according to a new study that suggests the country’s coronavirus death toll could be significantly higher than the official figure of nearly 7,400. The report’s authors found 37% more death certificates were issued in April 2020 than that month’s average during the previous four years. By the end of May, they estimated the number would mushroom by 120%. White House brings forward Brazil travel restrictions by two days, amending the timing to 11.59 pm ET on Tuesday, 26 May. The White House announced Sunday it was restricting travel from Brazil, two days after Brazil became the world’s No. 2 hotspot for coronavirus cases. In its original announcement, it said the restrictions would come into force on 28 May. Dutch PM Mark Rutte did not visit the dying mother due to Covid-19 restrictions. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte was unable to visit his dying mother in her final weeks because he obeyed coronavirus restrictions against visiting care homes, his office has said. His mother did not die of Covid-19, although there had earlier been an outbreak of the disease in the home where she was living, Dutch media reported. Dominic Cummings, the UK PM’s aide, has said he does not regret breaching the lockdown. Dominic Cummings, the chief of staff to Boris Johnson, admitted driving about 250 miles (400km) from his home during the UK’s lockdown but insisted he acted reasonably. The World Health Organization has suspended testing the malaria drug in Covid-19 patients due to safety concerns. The WHO’s director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, cited a paper published in The Lancet that showed people taking were at higher risk of death and heart problems. WHO worries about the ‘silent epidemic’ unless Africa prioritizes virus testing. Africa has so far been spared the worst impact of the coronavirus. Still, theWorld Health Organization is worried the continent could face a “silent epidemic” if its leaders do not prioritize testing for it, a WHO envoy said on Monday. Coronavirus measures ‘disastrous’ for children: Dutch watchdog. The coronavirus pandemic will have a “disastrous” impact on children’s rights worldwide, making them more vulnerable to forced labor and underage marriage, a rights group, said Tuesday. School closures left boys and girls more vulnerable to child labor, early marriage, and teenage pregnancy. At the same time, millions would fall into extreme poverty because of the coronavirus outbreak, the NGO KidsRights said. Australia will not open the country’s borders ‘anytime soon.’ Australia will not open the country’s borders “anytime soon,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Tuesday but added the country would continue its discussions with neighboring New Zealand for a trans-Tasman safe travel zone. Masks too dangerous for children under two, Japan medical group says. Children under the age of two shouldn’t wear masks because they can make breathing difficult and increase the risk of choking, a Japan medical group said, launching an urgent appeal to parents as the country reopens from the coronavirus crisis. Saudi Arabia to revise curfew times. Saudi Arabia will revise curfew times this week, and lift it entirely across the Kingdom except for the holy city of Mecca starting 21 June, state news agency reported in a statement early on Tuesday. Bans on domestic travel, holding prayers in mosques, and workplace attendance in both government and private sectors will be lifted, starting 31 May, the statement added. For Mecca, the curfew time will be adjusted to 3 pm-6M, and prayers will be allowed to be held in mosques from 21 June. Germany offers Lufthansa $9.8bn lifeline. Germany threw Lufthansa a €9bn (US$9.8bn) lifeline on Monday, agreeing on a bailout which gives Berlin a veto in the event of a hostile bid for the airline, Reuters reports. The largest German corporate rescue since the coronavirus crisis struck will see the government get a 20% stake, which could rise to 25% plus one share in the event of a takeover attempt, as it seeks to protect thousands of jobs. Iceland eases national alerts. Iceland eased its national alert against the coronavirus on Monday, allowing for public gatherings of up to 200 people and night clubs and gyms to reopen as the country nears complete recovery from the outbreak. Iceland limited the virus spread through a meticulous test and trace strategy and a full lockdown, has confirmed 1,804 infections and ten deaths. But there have been only five reported new cases in May, and more than 99% of infected persons have recovered. California issues guidelines for the house of worship reopenings. The state released guidance under which county health departments can approve the reopening of churches, mosques, synagogues, and other houses of worship. They have been closed since Governor Gavin Newsom issued a stay-at-home order in March to slow the spread of the coronavirus. About 15,000 Rohingya refugees are now under coronavirus quarantine in Bangladesh’s vast camps, officials said Monday, as the number of confirmed infections among them rose to 29. Health experts have long warned that the virus could race through the cramped settlements, housing almost a million Muslims who fled violence in Myanmar, and officials had restricted movement to the area in April. Updates: 08:22 35 new cases in Kyrgyzstan  105 new cases and four new deaths in Haiti   506 new cases in India    1,356 new cases and 30 new deaths in Pakistan  336 new cases and one new death in Guatemala  438 new cases in Kazakhstan  397 new cases and 11 new deaths in Bolivia  19 new cases and two new deaths in South Korea  156 new cases and five new deaths in Sudan  239 new cases and two new deaths in Honduras   Eight new cases in Australia      Four new cases in Jamaica  2,485 new cases and 239 new deaths in Mexico  Seven new cases in China  Source worldometers, the guardian Updates 25-05-2020 Headlines 08:21 Cummings 'fatally' undermines virus response, says, government adviser The pressure on Boris Johnson to sanction Dominic Cummings is already being ratcheted up after a member of the government’s advisory group on behavioral science told morning TV that said the “debacle” has “fatally undermined” efforts to fight coronavirus. Germany enters the recession in the first quarter. Falling consumer spending, capital investments and exports pushed the German economy into a recession in the first three months of the year, the national statistics office said this morning, as the virus continued to hurt the major economies. Capital investments slumped by 6.9%, private consumption by 3.2%, and exports by 3.1% between January and March compared with the last three months of 2019. More than 100 prominent writers, including several top Asian American authors, have called for an end to a surge in anti-Asian hostility in the US, which they say has been “egged on” during the pandemic by the Trump administration’s pandering to racist tropes. Asian stock markets have given back earlier gains amid concerns about growing US-Sino antagonism over the coronavirus crisis and trade. Hong Kong has slumped 1.4% to a two-month low after sinking 5.5% on Friday Spain is easing lockdown restrictions today, with the country entering Phase 1 of the relaxed restrictions, while some parts will enter Phase 2, which is more relaxed Thailand confirmed two new coronavirus cases and one additional death on Monday, a health ministry spokesman said. The new numbers brought the total number of cases in the Southeast Asian country to 3,042 and deaths to 57 since the outbreak began in January, said Taweesin Wisanuyothin, a spokesman for the Covid-19 Administration Centre Updates: 08:22 Two new cases in Latvia  452 new cases and six new deaths in Armenia  One new case in Georgia  259 new cases and six new deaths in Ukraine  Three new cases and one new death in Israel  513 new cases in India     Four new cases in Australia       16 new cases in Uzbekistan  Six new cases in Bulgaria  72 new cases in Nepal  1,748 new cases and 34 new deaths in Pakistan  68 new cases in El Salvador  Two new cases and one new death in Thailand  15 new cases and five new deaths in Hungary   30 new cases and two new deaths in Kyrgyzstan  1,595 new cases and 30 new deaths in Brazil  93 new cases and one new death in Haiti   Three new cases in Bhutan  370 new cases and three new deaths in Guatemala  209 new cases in Kazakhstan  348 new cases and ten new deaths in Bolivia  207 new cases and six new deaths in Honduras   16 new cases and one new death in South Korea  11 new cases in China  192 new cases and 19 new deaths in Sudan  Three new cases in Tunisia  Two new cases in Jamaica  2,764 new cases and 215 new deaths in Mexico  Source worldometers, the guardian Updates 24-05-2020 Headlines 06:21 New testimony from sources suggests that Dominic Cummings, chief aide to the British prime minister, made at least two trips from London to Durham, and traveled to tourist hotspots in the north-east of England. The reports have led to a chorus of calls for the spin doctor to be sacked, including from the leaders of the Liberal Democrats and SNP, while Labour called for an urgent investigation. Police rebut UK government claims over chief adviser Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that New York had recorded 84 new deaths from coronavirus on 22 May, the first time the figure has dropped below 100 since late March. He also eased the ban on group gatherings, altering restrictions to allow up to 10 people to meet up. France recorded a further 250 deaths, bringing the total to 144,806. However, after confirming several hundred deaths on Friday, Spain’s death toll stood at 28,678 on Saturday, 346 more than France. This is the first time the Spanish toll has overtaken the French for ten days, giving Spain the world’s fourth-highest death toll after the US, Britain, and Italy. Donald Trump has stirred fresh controversy after traveling from the White House to play a round of golf at his Virginia club. Despite a rising American death toll, which is now approaching 100,000, Trump has been keen to return the US to normality and encouraging states to kickstart their economies. The British government has announced it is investing £283m into getting public transport back to normal services, having been cut back during the coronavirus pandemic. However, transport secretary Grant Shapps said that even a fully restored service would only be capable of carrying, at best, one-fifth of normal capacity, to allow for social distancing. More than 40 people have been infected with coronavirus after attending a mass in Frankfurt earlier this month. Six were admitted to the hospital. The service was held on 10 May, a few days after the reopening of places of worship in Germany, the daily Frankfurter Rundschau reported. Germany began to relax the restrictions put in place to control the spread of the virus at the beginning of May, after a strong decline in new cases, but fears remain of a second wave in the country. The Indian government has pledged to organize special trains to get at least 3.6 million stranded migrant workers back to their homes. Many have been walking for hundreds of miles, after becoming stranded in cities where work ceased to be available due to the pandemic. Beaches in Cyprus have reopened, as the country marks its first day of zero new cases of coronavirus since its first cases were reported on 9 March. Residents had only been allowed to swim, but can now congregate on the beaches as long as they remain spaced apart. Only members of the same family can participate in water sports together. Updates: 05:54 2,164 new cases and 32 new deaths in Pakistan  38 new cases in Kyrgyzstan  497 new cases and one new death in India    Three new cases in Australia      266 new cases and seven new deaths in Honduras  403 new cases in Kazakhstan   1,715 new cases and 152 new deaths in Brazil  336 new cases and ten new deaths in Bolivia  250 new cases and nine new deaths in Sudan  25 new cases in South Korea  One new case in Vietnam  311 new cases and four new deaths in Guatemala  53 new cases and one new death in Haiti   One new death in Tunisia  Three new cases in China  Six new cases in Jamaica  3,329 new cases and 190 new deaths in Mexico  Updates 23-05-2020 Headlines 06:21 Australia’s death toll has risen by one to 102 after the death of a man in a hospital in Victoria. Still in Australia, the opposition leader, Anthony Albanese, said the government’s massive multibillion-dollar job keeper mistake raises questions over how it will manage the economic recovery coming out of the pandemic. It follows the government admitting on Friday to a $60bn reporting error in the much-heralded subsidy scheme. Rather than costing the budget $130bn, that figure has been slashed to $70bn and is forecast to assist 3.5m employees instead of 6.5m. The World Health Organization says South America is a new epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, with Brazil and Chile recording more than 333,000 and 60,000 cases, respectively. China recorded no new confirmed Covid-19 cases on the mainland for 22 May, the first time it had seen no daily rise since the pandemic began in the central city of Wuhan late last year. Efforts to highlight Donald Trump’s largesse during his time in office have backfired after his press secretary appeared to display the US president’s bank details to the world. The more than a century old car rental firm Hertz Global Holdings Inc has filed for bankruptcy protection in the US. Updates: 06:33 16 new cases and one new death in Australia       Three new cases in Bhutan  1,743 new cases and 34 new deaths in Pakistan  355 new cases and two new deaths in India    One new case in Cambodia   Eight new cases in Uzbekistan  15 new cases in Kyrgyzstan  32 new cases in Nepal  273 new cases and 11 new deaths in Honduras  322 new cases in Kazakhstan  23 new cases and two new deaths in South Korea  1,492 new cases and 68 new deaths in Brazil  78 new cases in Haiti  392 new cases and 15 new deaths in Bolivia  231 new cases and three new deaths in Guatemala  Ten new cases in Jamaica  2,960 new cases and 479 new deaths in Mexico  No new cases and no new deaths in China for the first time since the beginning of official reporting (January 11, 2020)  Updates 22-05-2020 Headlines 07:23 Global infections have passed 5.1 million; deaths pass 332,000: Global cases stand at 5,102,573, with deaths reported at 332,924, according to the Johns Hopkins university tracker. Deaths in the US stand at 94,702. The UK’s death toll is 36,124, with 252,246 infections China has not set a GDP target due to “great uncertainty”: Beijing has taken the rate step of not setting a GDP target for the first time since it began publishing such goals in 1990. Instead, given “great uncertainty” caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, China will “give priority to stabilizing employment and ensuring living standards,” Premier Li Keqiang told the opening of the National People’s Congress. He also said governments at all levels should “tighten their belts” and that all types of surplus, idle, and carryover funds will be withdrawn and re-allocated, be put to better use. China reported four new cases of Covid-19 on Friday. Trump didn’t wear masks at factory visit and has pushed for churches to open: The president toured a Ford plant in the battleground state of Michigan, without wearing a face mask in front of TV cameras. The plant had been recast to produce ventilators and personal protective equipment. On Tuesday, Ford said its policy was that all visitors must wear face masks. Trump told reporters he had put one on out of the view of cameras: “I had gone on before. I wore one in the back area. I didn’t want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it,” he said. Earlier, Trump said there would be an announcement “very soon” on reopening churches to the public. Brazil has passed 20,000 deaths: Latin America’s biggest country passed the grim milestone with a record one-day death toll of 1,188, taking the confirmed total to 20,047. The country has 310,087 infections, third behind the US (1,577,287), and Russia (317,554). President Bolsonaro, a long-running advocate of malaria drug C.....ro...ine to treat Covid-19, said on Thursday he knew there was no proof it works, but said there are cases in which it appears to have been successful. Russia’s industrial output dropped 6.5% in April: TThe coronavirus lockdown hit the country’s economic performance. The state statistics agency said, “consumer demand fell for a range of goods and services.” Russia’s commodities sector only decreased by 3.2% year-on-year, and oil production grew by 0.2%. Pharmaceutical industries grew by 13.5%, year-on-year. Indonesia has had its biggest one day jump in cases: The world’s fourth most populous country reported 973 new infections on Thursday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 20,162. The authorities have asked the military and the police to prevent arrivals in Jakarta. South Korea has reported 20 new cases: The new coronavirus cases came as health authorities worked to contain the cluster connected to Seoul nightclubs. South Korea has had a total of 11,142 infections and 264 deaths. Australian’s most populous state eased restrictions further: New South Wales has announced cafes and restaurants will be allowed to have up to 50 patrons from 1 June, up from 10 currently allowed. Australia has had remarkable success in flattening the curve of infections from the coronavirus. The country of 25m has recorded 101 deaths and just over 7,000 cases. The country is consistently recording fewer than 20 new cases a day. Updates: 06:33 Two new cases in Georgia  42 new cases in Uzbekistan   41 new cases and five new deaths in Bulgaria  Seven new cases in Israel  37 new cases and three new deaths in Hungary   217 new cases in Ghana  2,603 new cases and 50 new deaths in Pakistan  37 new cases in Kyrgyzstan  275 new cases and one new death in India   30 new cases in Nepal  363 new cases in Kazakhstan   One new case in Mongolia  104 new cases and five new deaths in Honduras   Seven new cases in Sri Lanka  71 new cases and three new deaths in Haiti  268 new cases and 16 new deaths in Bolivia  247 new cases and three new deaths in Guatemala  20 new cases in South Korea  One new case in New Zealand  Five new cases in Jamaica  14 new cases and one new death in Australia     2,973 new cases and 420 new deaths in Mexico  Four new cases in China  Source worldometers, the guardian Updates 21-05-2020 Headlines 06:30 Global cases near 5 million. After the biggest single-day increase in cases worldwide so far in the pandemic, the number of confirmed infections is close to 5 million, with the Johns Hopkins University data currently listing 4,996,634. The true number is likely to be significantly higher due to differing testing rates, delays, and underreporting. This is true for deaths, too. At least 328,120 people have lost their lives in the pandemic so far. Japan to lift the state of emergency in Osaka and two other prefectures. Japan’s economy minister says experts have approved a government plan to remove a coronavirus state of emergency in Osaka and two neighboring prefectures in the west where the infection is deemed slowing while keeping the measure in place in the Tokyo region and Hokkaido. Migrant boat crossings to UK surge during virus lockdown. The number of unaccompanied young migrants crossing the Channel from France to Britain has spiked during the coronavirus outbreak, as travel restrictions force them onto boats rather than trucks. Kent County Council in southeast England, which includes the major port of Dover, was dealing with “230 to 250” young migrants a year ago, its chief executive, Roger Gough, said. Mexico suffers a record one-day death toll. Mexico’s health ministry on Wednesday registered 2,248 new coronavirus infections and an additional 424 fatalities, a record one-day death toll since the start of the pandemic. The new infections brought confirmed coronavirus cases to 56,594 and 6,090 deaths in total, according to the official tally. Mexico registered its biggest daily increase yet in infections on Tuesday, when it reported 2,713 new cases. Mexico’s highest daily death toll was on 12 May, when health authorities reported 353 fatalities. The world sees the largest daily rise in cases. The World Health Organization gave a stark warning on Wednesday that the coronavirus pandemic is far from over after 106,000 new cases were recorded worldwide over the past 24 hours – the most in a single day so far. Speaking in Geneva, the WHO’s director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said the virus was spreading in poorer countries, just as wealthier nations were emerging from lockdown. Europe should brace itself for the second wave of coronavirus infections, according to the director of the EU agency responsible for advising governments on disease control. “The question is when and how big. That is the question in my view,” said Dr. Andrea Ammon, director of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Donald Trump has said he may seek to revive a face-to-face meeting of Group of Seven leaders near Washington, after earlier canceling the gathering due to the coronavirus pandemic. “I am considering rescheduling the G-7, on the same or similar date, in Washington, DC, at the legendary Camp David,” the US president tweeted on Wednesday. “The other members are also beginning their COMEBACK. It would be a great sign to all – normalization!” International imports and exports have fallen to their lowest level for at least four years, according to World Trade Organization figures. Warning that there was little prospect of the downturn ending soon, the global authority on trade said it believed import and export activity would fall precipitously in the first half of 2020. Tourists will be welcomed back to Greece from 15 June, the prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, has announced. “The tourism period begins June 15, when seasonal hotels can reopen, and direct international flights to our tourist destinations will gradually begin 1 July,” Mitsotakis said in a televised address. South Africa records its first neonatal coronavirus death. South Africa has recorded its first neonatal coronavirus death, the country’s health ministry has said. The two-day-old baby was born prematurely and had lung difficulties that required ventilation support immediately after birth, the health minister Zweli Mkhize said. More than 100 virus infections in the French slaughterhouse. More than 100 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus at a slaughterhouse in western France, the regional health authorities said Wednesday. The cases follow coronavirus outbreaks at meat plants not only in France but also in Germany, Spain, Australia, the United States, and Brazil - where people tend to work in close proximity. Updates: 06:33 One new case in Uzbekistan  43 new cases and three new deaths in Hungary   Three new cases in Thailand  414 new cases and four new deaths in India   43 new cases in Kyrgyzstan  Four new cases in Botswana  316 new cases and five new deaths in the United States 410 new cases and ten new deaths in Sudan   265 new cases in Kazakhstan  2,193 new cases and 32 new deaths in Pakistan  One new death in El Salvador  145 new cases and four new deaths in Honduras   17 new cases in Nepal  438 new cases and ten new deaths in Bolivia  132 new cases and two new deaths in Guatemala  Two new cases in Australia     12 new cases and one new death in South Korea  Two new cases in China  Nine new cases in Jamaica  2,248 new cases and 424 new deaths in Mexico  Source: Worldometer, the Guardian Updates 20-05-2020 Headlines 08:30 China reported six new cases, including three imported cases. Two of the three local cases are in Jilin province, and one in Hubei. It has sealed off the city of Shulan in Jilan province, imposing a Wuhan-style lockdown. Qatar confirmed 12 cases at a jail on Tuesday as Human Rights Watch warned other prisoners could be at risk of contracting the disease. Australia recorded its 100th death from the virus – a 93-year-old woman who was a resident at an aged care home outside of Sydney. So far, the country has reported just 7,000 cases in a population of 25 million. India recorded its 100,000th case. Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest mountain and one of the most recognizable peaks in the world, will be off-limits to climbers for the first time in 60 years this summer to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. New Zealand recorded another day of no new cases. The country’s confirmed number of cases went up by four on Tuesday, due to several recorded cases in people who returned to New Zealand while infected with the virus in April. All have since recovered. Updates: 07:01 Four new deaths in Romania  One new case in Thailand  33 new cases and four new deaths in Bulgaria  One new death in El Salvador  42 new cases and three new deaths in Hungary   25 new cases in Uzbekistan  411 new cases and one new death in India    27 new cases in Kyrgyzstan  1,932 new cases and 46 new deaths in Pakistan  218 new cases in Kazakhstan   11 new cases in Australia      63 new cases and one new death in Haiti   132 new cases and five new deaths in Guatemala  218 new cases and 15 new deaths in Bolivia  157 new cases and one new death in Honduras   131 new cases in Venezuela  32 new cases in South Korea  Four new cases in Sri Lanka  Two new cases in Barbados  One new case and one new death in Tunisia  2,713 new cases and 334 new deaths in Mexico  Five new cases in China  Source: Worldometer, the Guardian Updates 19-05-2020 Headlines 08:30 Global cases pass 4.8 million. There are 4,805,005 confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The death toll stands at 318,534. US deaths, the highest worldwide, passed 90,000, and the number of cases climbed above 1.5m, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker. Trump threatens to make WHO funding freeze ‘permanent.’ Late on Monday evening, Donald Trump tweeted a letter addressed to World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus saying that if the WHO “does not commit to major substantive improvements within the next 30 days, I will make my temporary freeze of United States funding to the World Health Organization permanent and reconsider our membership of the organization.” The letter does not detail what the improvements are. WHO chief promises a review of coronavirus response. Before Trump’s letter was released, the World Health Organization said on Monday that an independent review of the global coronavirus response would begin as soon as possible. A resolution drafted by the European Union calling for an independent evaluation of the WHO’s performance appeared to have won consensus backing among the WHO’s 194 states. The motion is expected to be voted on Tuesday. Trump says he is taking h....q..uine. After the US president told reporters at the White House that he has been taking h....q..uine, his doctor released a letter confirming that they had discussed the use of the drug and “concluded the potential benefit from treatment outweighed the relative risks.” A White House spokesperson told the New York Times that Trump was prescribed the drug and is taking it. The US Food and Drug Administration has cautioned against the use of h....q...uine or ch...q uine for Covid-19 outside of a hospital setting or a clinical trial due to risk of heart rhythm problems. Brazil cases overtake the UK to become third-highest worldwide. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Brazil stands at 255,368, according to Johns Hopkins University figures, making the country the third-worst affected in terms of cases. There are 16,792 officially confirmed deaths in Brazil, which is lower than the UK, Italy, Spain, and France. IMF chief says full economic recovery unlikely in 2021. The global economy will take much longer to recover fully from the shock caused by the new coronavirus than initially expected, the head of the International Monetary Fund said, and she stressed the danger of protectionism. Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said the Fund was likely to revise downward its forecast for a 3% contraction in GDP in 2020 but gave no details. That would likely also trigger changes in the Fund’s forecast of a partial recovery of 5.8% in 2021. Deaths in Australia reach 100. The death toll in Australia has reached 100, following the death of a 93-year-old woman who had been diagnosed with Covid-19. The woman had been a resident at Newmarch House, the aged care home in western Sydney, which has been the site of a cluster of cases. India cases pass 100,000. The number of confirmed cases in India has passed 100,000, currently standing at 100,328, according to Johns Hopkins University figures. The country has recorded 3,156 deaths. The government this week extended a nationwide lockdown to the end of May, but with significantly reduced restrictions, including allowing markets and standalone shops can reopen from Monday, with social distancing measures. Inter and intra-state road travel resumed with the agreement of states, but air travel, both domestic and international, is still banned. Updates: 07:11 Eight new cases and one new death in Australia      24 new cases and two new deaths in Bulgaria  21 new cases and five new deaths in Hungary   11 new cases in Uzbekistan  Two new cases in Thailand  933 new cases and eight new deaths in India   27 new cases in Kyrgyzstan  1,841 new cases and 36 new deaths in Pakistan  89 new cases and three new deaths in Guatemala  0 new cases in New Zealand, but the "total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 today increases by four. These cases are people who returned to New Zealand from the Greg Mortimer cruise ship in April and who had all tested positive for COVID-19 in Uruguay. They were classified as being under investigation while we were awaiting information from Uruguay to avoid them being double-counted by the World Health Organisation. We have now confirmed these cases were not reported by Uruguay. All four have recovered."  311 new cases in Kazakhstan  152 new cases and four new deaths in Honduras  175 new cases and five new deaths in Bolivia  Three new cases in Myanmar  13 new cases in South Korea  120 new cases and four new deaths in Panama  One new death in Tunisia 2,414 new cases and 155 new deaths in Mexico  Six new cases in China  Source: Worldometer, the Guardian Updates 18-05-2020 Headlines 08:30 Global infections pass 4.7 million. There are 4,716,513 confirmed cases of coronavirus worldwide. At least 315,187 people have died over the course of the pandemic. The number of deaths in the US is approaching 90,000, with 89,562 confirmed fatalities and 1,486,757 infections, according to the Johns Hopkins university tracker. US Federal Reserve Chair says unemployment could reach 25%. US Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said on Sunday that US unemployment could peak at 25%, but expressed optimism that the economy could begin to recover from a devastating recession in the second half of the year, assuming the coronavirus doesn’t erupt in a second wave. Japan falls into recession. Japan dived into its first recession since 2015, according to official data on Monday, with the world’s third-largest economy contracting by 0.9% in the first quarter as it wrestled with the fallout from the coronavirus. The cabinet office reported a drop of 3.4% annual pace in seasonally adjusted real gross domestic product, or GDP, the total value of a nation’s goods and services, for the January-March period, compared with the previous quarter. South Africa reports the highest daily increase in cases. South Africa on Sunday reported 1,160 new coronavirus infections, the highest daily number since the first case was recorded in March “As of today, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa is 15,515, with 1,160 new cases identified in the last 24-hour cycle of testing,” the health ministry said in a statement. The Western Cape province, popular with tourists, accounted for nearly 60% of the national numbers. Mayor of São Paulo, Brazil, says hospitals ‘near collapse.’ In Brazil, the BBC has reported that the mayor of São Paulo, the country’s largest city, has warned that hospitals have reached 90% capacity and are “near collapse”; they could run out of space in two weeks’ time, he said. Brazil has the fourth-highest number of infections worldwide, with 241,080, according to Johns Hopkins University figures. It has recorded 16,118 deaths. Meanwhile, Death tolls fall in UK, Spain, and Italy. In a possible glimmer of hope, Sunday saw lower death tolls reported in the UK, Spain, and Italy. The UK’s daily coronavirus death toll was the lowest since lockdown began, with 170 deaths recorded. However, the Sunday and Monday figures tend to be lower than other days because of weekend testing rates. Meanwhile, Spain recorded its lowest single-day death toll in two months. Italy on Sunday recorded its lowest daily toll, 145, since lockdown was declared. There were 153 deaths registered during the previous 24 hour period. Move Rohingya on Bangladesh island to refugee camps, says UN chief. Hundreds of Rohingya rescued by Bangladesh and sent to a flood-prone island after being stranded at sea for weeks should be moved to existing refugee camps, the UN secretary-general has said. WHO committee to discuss Taiwan exclusion. The World Health Organization (WHO) is to raise the question of Taiwan’s participation as an observer at the World Health Assembly, which opens virtually on Monday, before one of its committees. Diplomatic allies of Taiwan, including Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Paraguay, have formally requested to invite Taiwan to the meeting as an observer. The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has also said publicly he wants Taiwan in the room. India extends lockdown by another two weeks. India has extended its lockdown to 31 May, but with some easing of restrictions. States are being given greater power to reopen markets and standalone stores, buses, and other public transport travel being allowed between and within states. However, shopping malls, air travel, cinemas, schools, and places of worship will remain closed. Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, and other key regions are still fighting to control the rising curve of coronavirus infections. The health ministry on Sunday reported a record jump of nearly 5,000 cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, raising the number of confirmed cases to 90,927, with 2,872 deaths. Updates: 08:06 325 new cases and 21 new deaths in Ukraine  19 new cases in Burundi   24 new cases and two new deaths in Bulgaria  Nine new cases in Uzbekistan  26 new cases and 11 new deaths in Hungary   302 new cases and eight new deaths in Sudan  Three new cases in Thailand  78 new cases in Kyrgyzstan  Three new cases in Myanmar  471 new cases and four new deaths in India  Four new deaths in Brazil  283 new cases in Kazakhstan   1,974 new cases and 30 new deaths in Pakistan  Nine new cases in Nepal  Four new cases in Mongolia  149 new cases and two new deaths in Guatemala     262 new cases and four new deaths in Bolivia  81 new cases and four new deaths in Honduras  Three new deaths in El Salvador  15 new cases and one new death in South Korea  Seven new cases in China  Three new cases in Jamaica  157 new cases and six new deaths in Panama  Nine new cases and one new death in Australia      2,075 new cases and 132 new deaths in Mexico  Source: Worldometer, the Guardian Updates 17-05-2020 Headlines 08:30 Brazil’s confirmed coronavirus cases rose past those of Spain and Italy, making the country’s outbreak the fourth largest in the world. Brazil’s health ministry announced 14,919 new cases on Saturday, taking the total to 233,142, behind the United States, Russia, and the United Kingdom. Barack Obama attacked the Trump administration’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, stating that many of the country’s leaders “aren’t even pretending to be in charge.” Australia warned China’s ‘unpredictable’ trade interventions might force its producers to sell to other markets. After Australia called for an independent investigation into the origins of Covid-19, the Chinese ambassador in Australia, Cheng Jingye, threatened a consumer boycott against Australian goods. The number of coronavirus cases in Mexico has risen to 47,144, while the country’s death toll has increased to 5,045. The government plans to reopen parts of the economy from Monday, despite concerns that the country’s outbreak has not yet peaked. Millions of casual laborer’s and domestic workers remain stranded across India after they abruptly lost their incomes when the country was placed under lockdown. The World Health Organization has warned countries ending lockdown that now should be a ‘time for preparation, not celebration.’ More countries have begun easing restrictions. This includes Thailand, which has allowed shopping malls to reopen and shortened a nighttime curfew.  New Orleans has also allowed malls and retail stores to operate, while New York has allowed horse racing tracks to reopen. Victoria, Australia’s second-most-populous state, announced that from 1 June, cafes, restaurants, and the dining areas of pubs and clubs would reopen with up to 20 patrons indoors. Updates: 08:33 682 new cases in Singapore   189 new cases and five new deaths in Armenia  11 new cases in Latvia  Two new cases and one new death in Czechia  73 new cases and one new death in El Salvador  36 new cases and three new deaths in Bulgaria  307 new cases in Kazakhstan  Three new cases in Uzbekistan  36 new cases and three new deaths in Hungary   Three new cases in Thailand  Two new cases in Zimbabwe  21 new cases in Kyrgyzstan  1,352 new cases and 39 new deaths in Pakistan  279 new cases and one new death in India  One new case in Mongolia  Eight new cases in Australia     105 new cases and four new deaths in Honduras  Six new cases in Jamaica  Ten new cases in Nepal  249 new cases and one new death in Bolivia  181 new cases and three new deaths in Panama  120 new cases and three new deaths in Guatemala  369 new cases and 29 new deaths in Brazil  13 new cases in South Korea  2,112 new cases and 278 new deaths in Mexico  One new case in New Zealand  Three new cases in Sri Lanka  Six new cases in China  Source: Worldometer, the Guardian Updates 16-05-2020 Headlines 08:04 The global number of confirmed cases passes 4.5m. According to researchers at Johns Hopkins University, at least 4,542,910 people are known to have been infected, and 307,696 people have died worldwide since the pandemic began. The figures are likely to represent a significant underestimate of the true scale of the pandemic. The US House of Representatives has narrowly approved a $3tn bill crafted by Democrats to provide more aid for battling the coronavirus and stimulating a faltering economy. But Republican leaders, who control the Senate, and Donald Trump have vowed to block it, despite some Republican support for provisions aimed at helping state and local governments. Donald Trump has announced details of a “warp-speed” effort to create a coronavirus vaccine by the end of the year, even as experts warn that such a breakthrough could take longer than 18 months. During remarks in the White House Rose Garden on Friday that had to compete with honking from protesting truck drivers, the US president also urged schools to reopen in the autumn and insisted: “Vaccine or no vaccine, we’re back.” As Mexico moves toward a gradual reactivation of its economy from Monday, the number of new coronavirus infections grows higher every day, raising fears of a new wave of infections that other countries have seen after loosening restrictions, AP reports. There were 2,437 new coronavirus test confirmations Friday, the highest daily total yet, and the second straight day with over 2,000 new cases. Donald Trump’s administration is set to restore partial funding to the World Health Organization, Fox News reported late on Friday, citing a draft letter. The Trump administration will “agree to pay up to what China pays in assessed contributions” to the WHO, Fox News reported, quoting from the letter. Trump suspended US contributions to the WHO on 14 April, accusing it of promoting China’s “disinformation” about the coronavirus outbreak. Italy’s government has approved a decree allowing travel to and from abroad from 3 June, moving to unwind one of the world’s most rigid coronavirus lockdowns. The government will allow free travel across the country from that same day. Some regions had pushed for a swifter rollback, but the prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, has insisted on a gradual return to normal to prevent a second wave of infections. Updates: 07:07 528 new cases and 21 new deaths in Ukraine  55 new cases and two new deaths in El Salvador  One new death in Costa Rica: a 73-year-old man  Nine new cases in Nepal  36 new cases and three new deaths in Bulgaria  56 new cases and six new deaths in Hungary   Five new cases in Uzbekistan  161 new cases in Kazakhstan   18 new cases in Australia       Six new cases in Kyrgyzstan  156 new cases in India  37 new cases in Mongolia  125 new cases and one new death in Guatemala  One new case in Myanmar   1,581 new cases and 31 new deaths in Pakistan  Eight new cases in China  151 new cases and one new death in Cameroon  2,068 new cases and 145 new deaths in Brazil  19 new cases and two new deaths in South Korea  Two new cases in Jamaica  142 new cases and one new death in Honduras   205 new cases and 12 new deaths in Bolivia  2,437 new cases and 290 new deaths in Mexico   37 new cases in Haiti  150 new cases and six new deaths in Panama  Source: Worldometer, the Guardian Updates 15-05-2020 Headlines 07:08 The global death toll passes 302,000. The global toll from Covid-19 has passed 300,000, with nearly 4.5 million people infected. According to data collected by Johns Hopkins University, at least 302,452 people have now died as a result of the outbreak. The institution says it has counted 4,443,597 confirmed cases worldwide. It’s important to point out that the actual death toll is believed to be far higher than the tally compiled from government figures. China marks one month with no new coronavirus deaths announced. China has gone a month without announcing any new deaths from the coronavirus. The National Health Commission reported four new cases of the virus on Friday, all local cross-infections in the northeastern province of Jilin, where a cluster of uncertain origin has been detected in recent days. The last time the commission reported death was on 14 April. Trump visits a mask distribution center without wearing a mask himself. Donald Trump toured a mask distribution center in the political swing state of Pennsylvania on Thursday but without wearing a mask himself. Trump, who is running for re-election in November, has resisted wearing a mask in public despite his administration’s guidance to Americans to wear them and new White House rules requiring staff to wear them at work. Mexico sees record one-day increase in cases. Mexico’s health ministry on Thursday confirmed 257 additional coronavirus deaths and 2,409 new infections, the biggest one-day rise in cases since the pandemic began. The new infections brought confirmed coronavirus cases to 42,595 and 4,477 deaths in total, according to the official tally. Brazil confirmed cases pass 200,000. The number of cases in Brazil passed 200,000 on Thursday. The country now has 202,918 confirmed cases, with 13,944 added in the last 24 hours, according to the health ministry. The tally means it is the sixth-worst-affected country worldwide in terms of cases, according to John Hopkins data. Eight hundred forty-four new deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 13,993. South Korea, China, and Japan health ministers to hold a video conference. The health ministers of South Korea, China, and Japan will get together by video conference on Friday to discuss ways to work together in the global campaign against the novel coronavirus, South Korean officials said. The meeting is the first between top health officials of the East Asian neighbors since the outbreak emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year. Doctors in Italy and France report spike in rare inflammatory syndrome linked to coronavirus. Doctors in northern Italy, one of the areas hardest hit by a coronavirus, and in France have reported spikes in cases of a rare inflammatory syndrome in young children that appears similar to one reported in the US, Britain, and Spain, according to a report in the Lancet. The condition shares symptoms with toxic shock and Kawasaki disease, including fever, rashes, swollen glands, and, in severe cases, heart inflammation. Covid-19 reaches refugee camps in Bangladesh. A Rohingya man has become the first person to test positive for Covid-19 in the vast refugee camps in Bangladesh that is home to almost one million people. Local health coordinator Abu Toha Bhuiyan initially said two refugees had been put into isolation. The World Health Organization later said one case was of a Rohingya man, and the other was of a local man who lived near the camp and was being treated at a clinic inside the area. Thirty-six million Americans are now unemployed. Another 3 million Americans filed for benefits, bringing the country’s total unemployed to 36 million. The latest figures from the Department of Labor show the rate of claims is slowing, but the record-breaking pace of layoffs has already pushed unemployment to levels unseen since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Updates: 07:07 One new case in the British Virgin Islands  Seven new cases in Thailand  118 new cases and two new deaths in Kazakhstan   38 new cases and three new deaths in Bulgaria  98 new cases in El Salvador  37 new cases and six new deaths in Hungary   Seven new cases in Uzbekistan  106 new cases in India     29 new cases and two new deaths in Kyrgyzstan  1,430 new cases and 33 new deaths in Pakistan  Nine new cases in Nepal  28 new cases and one new death in South Sudan   30 new cases in Australia      224 new cases and ten new deaths in Bolivia  63 new cases and ten new deaths in Honduras  247 new cases and six new deaths in Brazil  176 new cases in Guatemala  27 new cases in South Korea  174 new cases and four new deaths in Panama  One new case in New Zealand  39 new cases and two new deaths in Haiti  2,409 new cases and 257 new deaths in Mexico   Four new cases in China  Source: Worldometer, the Guardian Updates 14-05-2020 Headlines 07:08 Deaths worldwide near 300,000. The number of lives lost worldwide in the coronavirus pandemic is nearing 300,000, according to Johns Hopkins University figures, with 297,197 deaths reported. There are 4,347,015 confirmed infections. The true fatalities figure is likely to be significantly higher as a result of underreporting or differing definitions of what constitutes death from coronavirus. Moscow ascribed over 60% of coronavirus deaths in April to another causes city of Moscow said on Wednesday it had ascribed the deaths of more than 60% of coronavirus patients in April to other causes as it defended what it said was the superior way it and Russia counted the number of people killed by the novel virus. At 242,271, Russia has the second-highest number of confirmed cases in the world after the United States, but with 2,212 coronavirus deaths, Russia also has one of the world’s lowest mortality rates. US President Donald Trump on Wednesday described as not acceptable a warning given by top US infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci this week about the dangers of reopening the economy too quickly. “To me, it’s not an acceptable answer, especially when it comes to schools,” Trump told reporters at the White House, noting he was surprised by the response Fauci gave to lawmakers in testimony to the US Senate on Tuesday. Doctors in Italy have reported the first clear evidence of a link between Covid-19 and a rare but serious inflammatory disorder that has required some children to undergo life-saving treatment in intensive care units. The mysterious condition emerged last month when NHS bosses issued an alert to doctors after hospitals admitted a number of children with a mix of toxic shock and symptoms seen in an inflammatory disorder known as Kawasaki disease. Chinese authorities have plans to test every resident in Wuhan after a small outbreak was reported this week. The city in Hubei province, where the virus is believed to have originated with the first recorded cases, had reported few daily cases since early March and none since early April until a cluster of six was confirmed at the weekend. There is serious concern over the outbreak in Wuhan, despite the small size. He Qinghua, from the bureau of disease prevention and control, told a press conference disease control was generally stable across the nation, but there were still challenges. Hong Kong authorities are going to screen hundreds of families, local media is reporting after its 23-day run of no local infections was broken with the diagnosis of Covid-19 in a 66-year-old woman with no recent travel history, and her five-year-old granddaughter. Japan is expected to lift the state of emergency for 39 of its 47 prefectures on Thursday, local media reported. The world’s third-largest economy declared a nationwide state of emergency a month ago, urging citizens to reduce person-to-person contact by 80% in an effort to slow the pace of new infections and ease the strain on medical services. Suicide in Japan fell by 20% in April compared to 2019, the biggest drop in five years, despite fears of the coronavirus pandemic causing increased stress and many prevention helplines either not operating or being short-staffed. People are spending more time at home with their families, fewer people commuting to work, and the start of the school year being delayed are seen as factors in the fall. New Zealand’s finance minister Grant Robertson has unveiled an unprecedented NZ$50bn fund to save jobs and reduce unemployment to pre-coronavirus levels within two years. The huge figure announced alongside the annual Budget on Thursday equates to about 17% of the nation’s GDP and 17 times more than what a New Zealand government usually allocates to new spending in its budgets. Underscoring the massive challenges facing the economy as it emerges from lockdown, Robertson said the fund was “the most significant financial commitment in modern history.” The coronavirus that causes Covid-19 could become endemic like HIV, the World Health Organization, has said, warning against any attempt to predict how long it would keep circulating and calling for a ‘massive effort’ to counter it. “It is important to put this on the table: this virus may become just another endemic virus in our communities, and this virus may never go away,” said Michael Ryan, the WHO’s emergency chief. Every African country is now affected by the outbreak after Lesotho announced its first case. The virus was detected in one of 81 people tested after arriving last week from Saudi Arabia and neighboring South Africa, Lesotho’s health ministry said. Updates: 07:07 154 new cases in Kazakhstan   39 new cases and six new deaths in Hungary   Eight new cases in Uzbekistan  38 new cases in Kyrgyzstan  One new case in Thailand  139 new cases in India    19 new cases in Mongolia  490 new cases and nine new deaths in Pakistan  Gibraltar has informed that ‘one of the cases’ yesterday was a false positive. This is why confirmed cases are now 147   Four new cases in Bhutan  Nine new cases in Australia      Seven new cases in Nepal   980 new cases and 82 new deaths in Brazil  175 new cases and two new deaths in Honduras   161 new cases and four new deaths in Panama  143 new cases and two new deaths in Guatemala  184 new cases and 14 new deaths in Bolivia  29 new cases and one new death in South Korea  One new death in Costa Rica   15 new cases in Haiti  22 new cases in Sri Lanka  Three new cases in China  Two new cases in Jamaica  1,862 new cases and 294 new deaths in Mexico   S ource: Worldometer, the Guardian Before you go! Recommended:  Travel The World: Keeping The Environment Healthy Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about the coronavirus? Click on  'Re g ister'  or push the button 'Write An Article on the Homepage.
This article is a summary of the coronavirus, COVID-19 world events, starting on the 14th of May till the 22nd of June 2020. Coronavirus Updates 2020 History (1,3) Globally In  Coronavirus Updates 2020 History (1) Globally you can read the summary of the coronavirus, COVID-19 word events fr.om the 24th of January till the 13th of April 2020 In  Coronavirus Updates 2020 History (2) Globally you can read the summary of the coronavirus, COVID-19 word events fr.om the 14th of April till the 13th of May 2020 The most recent day to day updates you can read in:  Heat Waves And COVID-19: A Killers Mix On Its Way Public health experts around the globe are scrambling to understand, track, and contain a new virus that appeared in Wuhan, China, at the beginning of December 2019. The World Health Organization named the disease caused by the coronavirus COVID-19, which references the type of virus and the year it emerged. The WHO declared that the virus is a pandemic. 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All photos and clips removed! Below a continuation of the updates of the last days. Updates 22-06-2020 Headlines 07:53 The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases passed 8.9 million. The figure currently stands at 8,929,394, while the global death toll is at 467,676, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker. Both numbers are likely to be higher in reality, due to differing testing rates and definitions, time lags, and suspected underreporting. The WHO reported a record daily increase in coronavirus cases. The World Health Organization declared a record increase in global coronavirus cases on Sunday, with the total rising by 183,020 in 24 hours. The most significant increase was from North and South America, with over 116,000 new cases, according to its daily report. Total global examples are over 8.7 million, with more than 461,000 deaths, according to the WHO. The previous record for new cases was 181,232 on 18 June. Beijing reported nine new cases. Beijing’s municipal health authority said on Monday nine new cases of the coronavirus in the city for June 21, down from 22 a day earlier. The city of more than 20 million people reported its first case in the latest wave on 11 June. The resurgence has been linked to a wholesale food center in the southwest of Beijing. So far, 236 people in the city have been infected in the outbreak. China suspended imports of poultry from US-based Tyson plant over Covid-19. China’s customs authority said on Sunday it had suspended imports of poultry products from a plant owned by US-based meat processor Tyson that has been hit by a coronavirus. The General Administration of Customs said on its website it had decided on the suspension after the company confirmed a cluster of coronavirus cases at facilities in Arkansas where a total of 481 people tested positive for the virus. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will unveil the latest easing of England’s coronavirus lockdown on Tuesday when he will also announce the conclusion of a review into whether a two-meter rule on social distancing should be relaxed, his office said. England’s economy has been hammered by the lockdown to stop the spread of Covid-19. Although non-essential retailers were allowed to reopen last Monday, many businesses, particularly in the hospitality and leisure sectors, have remained closed. EU and China to seek to cool tensions at the video summit. The European Union and China will try to calm tensions on Monday at a video summit, their first formal talks since ties soured over European accusations that Beijing has spread disinformation about the novel coronavirus. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel - the EU’s chief executive and chairman - will hold video conferences with Premier Li Keqiang and President Xi Jinping. Mexico’s cases passed 180,000. Mexico on Sunday reported 5,343 new infections and 1,044 additional deaths from the coronavirus, the health ministry said, bringing the totals for the country to 180,545 cases and 21,825 deaths. The government has said the actual number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases. Citizens returning home to New Zealand could undergo two weeks of quarantine in campervans because hotels in Auckland were nearing capacity, the ministry of health has warned. The government was also “actively considering” placing returnees in defense force bases, according to the director-general of health Dr. Ashley Bloomfield. On Saturday, more than 200 travelers who had returned to New Zealand via Auckland Airport were put on buses and taken to hotels in Rotorua because Auckland was full. New Zealand currently has nine active cases of coronavirus. German police were injured as clashes erupt over virus quarantine. Several police officers were hurt in clashes with residents of a high-rise apartment block in the German city of Goettingen, who had been placed under quarantine over a coronavirus outbreak, authorities said on Sunday. Dutch arrest dozens at virus protest clashes. Dutch police on Sunday charged on horseback and fired water cannon to disperse protesters frustrated with the government’s coronavirus policies, arresting dozens after skirmishes broke out. Delhi to transform 25 luxury hotels into Covid-19 care centers. Amid growing concerns that there are not enough hospital beds to cope with the rising number of cases, the Delhi government has become the first in the country to request its hotels. Starting this week, 25 establishments will be repurposed as emergency Covid-19 care centers for patients with mild to moderate symptoms. Updates: 07:42 Two new cases in Georgia  310 new cases and 17 new deaths in Afghanistan  One new occurrence in Western Sahara  43 new cases in Uzbekistan  Nine new deaths in El Salvador  134 new cases in Haiti  Three new cases in Thailand  507 new cases in Kazakhstan  205 new cases and three new deaths in Kyrgyzstan  4,471 new cases and 89 new deaths in Pakistan  Seven new cases in Mongolia  13 new cases in Australia      463 new cases and five new deaths in Honduras   147 new cases in Ghana  876 new cases and 33 new deaths in Bolivia  18 new cases in China  Two new cases in New Zealand  17 new cases in South Korea  390 new cases and 17 new deaths in Guatemala  Two new cases in Jamaica  5,343 new cases and 1,044 new deaths in Mexico  58 new cases and one new death in the United States Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates  21-06-2020 Headlines 06:49 US President Donald Trump told thousands of supporters on Saturday that he had asked officials to slow down testing for Covid-19 because case numbers in the country were rising so rapidly. He also used racist language to describe to Covid-19, referring to the virus as 'Kung flu.' The country is the worst hit by a coronavirus, with more than 119,700 deaths. Mainland China reported 26 new confirmed coronavirus cases on Sunday, mainly driven by the latest outbreak of Covid-19 in the capital Beijing. The Philippines reported 578 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday, a record number. This includes test results that were released to patients over the past three days. In Australia, Victoria has extended its state of emergency for another four weeks after case numbers rose to its highest for more than two months. Two new Covid-19 cases have been detected in New Zealand, the Ministry of Health said on Sunday. In Chile, the government nearly doubled its estimated death toll to more than 7,000 on Saturday, after it included probable deaths in its official tally. There have been 236,748 infections in the country so far. Mexico on Saturday reported 4,717 new infections and 387 additional deaths from the coronavirus. Serbians go to polls on Sunday to elect a new parliament in Europe’s first national election since coronavirus lockdowns took effect some three months ago. Globally, 8,769,383 coronavirus cases have now been detected, and 464,029 fatalities confirmed, according to Johns Hopkins University. Updates: 06:51 446 new cases in Kazakhstan   97 new cases and one new death in Haiti   4,951 new cases and 119 new deaths in Pakistan  25 new cases in Australia     Two new cases in Mongolia  One new case and one new death in Gambia  1,048 new cases and nine new deaths in Honduras   26 new cases in China  Two new cases in New Zealand  Five new cases in Sao Tome and Principe  1,036 new cases and 25 new deaths in Bolivia  164 new cases and eight new deaths in Sudan  Ten new cases and one new death in Mali  48 new cases in South Korea  246 new cases and 31 new deaths in Guatemala  Five new cases in Jamaica  4,717 new cases and 387 new deaths in Mexico   {youtube}                                Coronavirus: The latest COVID-19 news. India records more than 11,000 new cases for the second consecutive day. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates  20-06-2020 Headlines 06:49 The global infection tally of people who tested positive to Covid-19 has now passed 8.67 million, Reuters reported. About 459,211 have died. Australia. Victoria reintroduces lockdown measures as cases reach a two-month high. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 601 to 189,135, data from the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases showed on Saturday. Meanwhile, in Hungary, thousands of people made jobless by the coronavirus pandemic have applied to join the army, which is one of the few careers offering job stability. New Zealand has reported two new cases of Covid-19 in a couple who returned to Auckland, New Zealand, on a repatriation flight from India. Their baby, who was traveling with them, has not been tested due to its young age and may also be infected. Coronavirus deaths in Mexico surpassed 20,000 on Friday after the health ministry reported 647 new fatalities and 5,030 new confirmed cases. Total cases now stand at 170,485, with 20,394 fatalities, though the government has said the real number of infections is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases. Updates: 06:51 79 new cases in Uzbekistan  27 new cases in Australia      One new case in Thailand  64 new cases and three new deaths in Haiti  6,604 new cases and 153 new deaths in Pakistan  428 new cases in Kazakhstan  One new case in Bhutan  519 new cases and six new deaths in Honduras  Two new cases in Bermuda   14 new cases in Jamaica  977 new cases and 18 new deaths in Bolivia   Two new cases in New Zealand  67 new cases in South Korea  27 new cases in China  641 new cases and 34 new deaths in Guatemala  5,030 new cases and 647 new deaths in Mexico  Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates 19-06-2020 Headlines 06:49 The global death toll from Covid-19 passes 450,000. The number of people who have lost their lives in the pandemic so far stands at 453,289, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker. There are 8,464,739 known cases worldwide. Both figures are likely to be higher due to differing testing rates and definitions, time lags, and suspected underreporting. The United States on Thursday questioned China’s credibility on reporting new coronavirus cases in Beijing and called for neutral observers to assess the extent of the outbreak. China has locked down the capital as it seeks to prevent a second wave of Covid-19, reporting 158 cases since a fresh cluster was detected last week. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, an outspoken critic of China, urged greater transparency during talks Wednesday in Hawaii with senior Chinese official Yang Jiechi, as David Stilwell, the top US diplomat for East Asia who accompanied Pompeo, said: “I would hope that their numbers and their reporting are more accurate than what we saw in the case of Wuhan and other places in the PRC, but that remains to be seen.” China publishes genome data for coronavirus behind the new outbreak. China has announced the genome data for the coronavirus behind the latest Covid-19 outbreak in the capital city of Beijing, the website of state-backed National Microbiology Data Center showed on Friday. State-backed Beijing News also reported that the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention submitted the genome sequencing data for the virus to the World Health Organization, which had previously sought access to the data. Tokyo lifts remaining business restrictions. Tokyo lifted all remaining restrictions on businesses on Friday, although officials urged caution over a possible second wave of the coronavirus. The measure, the final phase of a three-step easing of preventive measures in the Japanese capital, means live music venues, nightclubs and similar establishments where it is difficult to avoid the “three Cs” – closed spaces, crowded places, and close contact – will be allowed to reopen with the blessing of local authorities. Anthony Fauci thinks a return to full lockdowns is unlikely. The United States does not require more widespread lockdowns to get its Covid-19 outbreak under control, even though the national daily infection rate is not showing signs of decline, leading government expert Anthony Fauci told AFP in an interview Thursday. “I don’t think we’re going to be talking about going back to lockdown,” he said when asked whether places like California and Texas that are seeing a surge in their caseload should reissue stay-at-home orders.“I think we’re going to be talking about trying to control better those areas of the country that seem to be having a surge of cases.” WHO eyes 2bn vaccine doses by the end of 2021. The World Health Organization said Thursday that the end of the year could produce a few hundred million Covid-19 vaccine doses - and be targeted at those most vulnerable to the virus. The UN health agency said it was working on that assumption, with a view to two billion doses by the end of 2021, as pharmaceutical firms rush to find a vaccine.WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said researchers were working on more than 200 vaccine candidates around the world, including ten that are in human testing. San Quentin: outcry after Covid-19 cases at California prison triple in two weeks. The number of coronavirus cases in California’s San Quentin state prison has tripled within the last two weeks, prompting advocates, families, and attorneys to demand urgent action to fast track the release of prisoners and curb the spread among correctional officers. San Quentin, California’s oldest prison and home to the state’s only death row for male prisoners, reported its first batch of 15 positive cases on 3 June. Since then, that number has risen to 46. Organizers are pointing to the 30 May transfer of more than 100 incarcerated people from the California Institution for Men (CIM) in Chino as a catalyst for the spread of Covid-19 in prison: India lifts an export ban on hydroxychloroquine. India Thursday entirely lifted an export ban on hydroxychloroquine, a drug favored by US President Donald Trump as a treatment against coronavirus, as questions remain over the malaria medicine’s effectiveness against Covid-19. The Directorate General of Foreign Trade said in a notice that “hydroxychloroquine and its formulations” were now “free” to be exported. ‘Extensive testing’ in New Zealand has not uncovered new cases. Covid-19 testing of thousands of people in New Zealand has not revealed any new evidence, health officials say. The screening was undertaken after a quarantine bungle when two women were allowed out of managed isolation without being tested – and later turned out to have the coronavirus. Dr. Ashley Bloomfield, the director-general of health, is giving a news conference in the capital, Wellington, during which he said the day of zero new cases of Covid-19 to report was “very reassuring.” Non-essential shops in Wales can reopen from Monday. All non-essential shops in Wales will be able to resume from Monday so long as physical distancing can take place, as part of the devolved government’s cautious easing of lockdown restrictions. But the Labour-led administration is not expected to change its guidance that people should not travel more than five miles. The government will review the requirement to stay local by 6 July. Mexico confirms record new cases. Mexico’s health ministry reported on Thursday a record 5,662 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infections and 667 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 165,455 cases and 19,747 deaths. The government has said the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases. Chinese medical expert says coronavirus under control in Beijing.“The epidemic in Beijing has been brought under control,” said Wu Zunyou, the chief epidemiologist of China’s Center for Diseases Prevention and Control. However, he said the capital can still expect sporadic new cases. The city has recorded 158 infections since confirming the first on 11 June in its worst outbreak since early February, which has been traced to the sprawling wholesale food center of Xinfadi in the south-west of the city. Updates: 06:51 Five new cases in Thailand  4,944 new cases and 136 new deaths in Pakistan  132 new cases and one new death in Kyrgyzstan  474 new cases and five new deaths in Kazakhstan  228 new cases and two new deaths in Haiti  Three new cases in Mongolia  One new case in Sri Lanka  18 new cases in Australia      23 new cases in Myanmar   814 new cases and 18 new deaths in Bolivia  440 new cases and seven new deaths in Honduras  49 new cases in South Korea  617 new cases and 17 new deaths in Guatemala  12 new cases in Jamaica  5,662 new cases and 667 new deaths in Mexico   32 new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates 18-06-2020 Headlines 06:49 The global death toll from coronavirus is nearing 450,000, with more than 8.2 million confirmed cases of the disease worldwide. The Johns Hopkins University tracker is recording more than 448,959 deaths from Covid-19 across the world, as of Wednesday evening UK time. More than one in four fatalities are in the US, making it by far the worst-hit country. There are 8,349,950 cases worldwide. Brazil cases near 1 million. Brazil recorded 1,269 additional Covid-19 deaths on Wednesday, bringing its official death toll from the novel coronavirus to 46,510, the most in the world outside the United States. The Health Ministry also registered 32,188 new cases of the virus since its Tuesday update, for a total of 955,377 confirmed cases, even second to the United States globally. India sees the highest one-day case spike. India has reported its most upper cases in the pandemic so far, with 12,881 confirmed in the last 24 hours, for a total of 366,946 cases. There have been 334 additional deaths, bringing the toll to 12,237. UK cases pass 300,000. The number of coronavirus infections in the UK has passed 300,00, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, with the current total standing at 300,717. At least 42,238 people have died in the UK so far. WHO hails steroid treatment ‘hope.’ The cheap steroid British researchers believe they can help save lives should be used only for the most severe cases, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. The WHO chief Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the research was at last providing “green shoots of hope.” Arizona governor to let mayors require masks as Covid-19 cases surge. As coronavirus cases rise across the state, Arizona’s Republican governor said he would no longer block mayors from being able to require residents to wear masks. But governor Doug Ducey held off from issuing a statewide mask-wearing requirement, even after hundreds of Arizona medical professionals sent him an open letter this week, outlining the evidence that masks save lives and asking him to require citizens to wear them. Argentina’s president Alberto Fernández has gone into voluntary isolation, amid growing concerns over a surge of coronavirus infections, including several cases among the country’s political elite. The decision to quarantine the president – whose popularity is riding high on his no-nonsense response to the pandemic – was taken due to the “significant increase in the circulation of the virus,” presidential doctor Federico Saavedra said in a statement on Wednesday. Honduras president hospitalized with pneumonia, Covid-19. President Juan Orlando Hernández announced late Tuesday that he and his wife had tested positive for the virus. Just hours later, he was hospitalized after doctors determined he had pneumonia. From March to 7 June, Honduras confirmed 6,327 coronavirus infections. In the ten days since, it added 3,329 more, a surge that has come after the government began a gradual reactivation of the economy. New Zealand confirms one new case, defenses under scrutiny as more breaches emerge. More reports have appeared in New Zealand of people leaving isolation without being tested and going on to meet friends, placing government officials under increasing scrutiny over the rigor of their Covid-19 quarantine rules. Police revealed that six people absconded from managed isolation after being granted compassionate leave from Covid-19 quarantine to attend a funeral in Hamilton. Australia’s Qantas cancels most international flights until October. Qantas Airways said on Thursday it had canceled most international flights until late October after the Australian government indicated its border closure because of the coronavirus was likely to extend to 2021. Australian unemployment reaches 7.1%. Australia’s unemployment rate has jumped to 7.1% after another 227,700 people lost their jobs thanks to coronavirus. The jobless rate had already climbed from 5.2% in March to a revised 6.4% in April, as the deadly global pandemic gripped the country. May’s monthly drop in the number of people employed is the second largest on record after nearly 600,000 got sacked in April. Another reduced set of figures had been expected as a result of nationwide lockdowns. Beijing records 21 new cases. Beijing confirmed 21 new Covid-19 cases as of June 17, China’s health authority said on Thursday, down from 31 a day earlier. Beijing logged its first case in the current outbreak, the worst in the city since early February, on 11 June. The total number of infections has risen to 158 over the past week. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 06:51 One new case in Myanmar  15 new cases in Uzbekistan  Six new cases in Thailand  Three new deaths in El Salvador  95 new cases and one new death in Kyrgyzstan  335 new cases in Kazakhstan   5,358 new cases and 118 new deaths in Pakistan  Four new cases in Mongolia  141 new cases and two new deaths in Haiti  643 new cases and six new deaths in Honduras  One new case in New Zealand  802 new cases and 20 new deaths in Bolivia  Five new cases in Jamaica  59 new cases and one new death in South Korea  20 new cases in Australia      545 new cases and 14 new deaths in Guatemala  4,930 new cases and 770 new deaths in Mexico   28 new cases in China  Updates 17-06-2020 Headlines 07:10 Deaths worldwide passed 440,000. According to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, which relies on official government data, the global coronavirus death toll stands at 441,668. There are 8,162,276 known infections. Beijing raised its emergency level as dozens of new coronavirus cases emerged, and residents were barred from any “unessential” travel. Hundreds of flights were canceled, schools suspended, and all residential compounds ordered to reinstate strict screening after authorities raised the city’s four-tiered COVID-19 emergency response system from three to two on Tuesday evening. All movement in and out of the city will be “strictly controlled,” officials said at the briefing. Authorities reported 31 new cases of the virus in Beijing as of Tuesday, bringing the total number of infections to 137 over the past six days. Six US states saw record case increases. New coronavirus infections hit record highs in six US states on Tuesday. Arizona, Florida, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Texas all reported record increases in new cases on Tuesday after recording all-time highs last week. Nevada also reported its highest single-day tally of new cases on Tuesday, up from a previous high on May 23. Hospitalizations are also rising or at record highs. Health officials in many states attribute the spike to businesses reopening and Memorial Day weekend gatherings in late May. New Zealand put quarantine in the hands of the military after border fiasco. The New Zealand government has so far identified 320 close contacts of the two women, who were not tested before they were released on compassionate grounds. Ardern said she would not be replacing Minister of Health David Clark. She has, however, called in the military to oversee the quarantine and isolation process, under the leadership of Assistant Chief of Defense Air Commodore Digby Webb. The UK began talks with Australia and New Zealand on a free trade deal. Australia and New Zealand are about to begin negotiations on a free trade agreement with the UK in what the Australian trade minister said was “a strong signal of our mutual support for free trade” in a post-COVID-19 world. Japanese researchers confirmed coronavirus testing in sewers as a possible outbreak warning system. The researchers confirmed the presence of the coronavirus in wastewater plants, a finding that could serve as a signal for future outbreaks. The findings mirror similar studies in Australia, the United States, and Europe. Public health experts say such sampling could be used to estimate the number of infected people in a region without testing every individual. Mexico recorded its 3rd highest daily death numbers. Mexico’s 730 deaths are its third-highest one-day total, AP reports. Even as Mexico announced plans for reopening churches and religious events, the country posted near-record numbers of newly confirmed cases and deaths from Covid-19 on Tuesday. The Health Department reported that confirmed cases rose by 4,599, the second-highest daily increase to date, to reach an accumulated total of 154,863. Deaths rose by 730, the third-highest daily confirmation number, after one-day increases of 1,092 and 816 earlier this month. Those death tolls rivaled those of the United States. Brazil suffered a record increase in cases. Brazil has had its worst day for new confirmed cases, recording 34,918 in 24 hours to bring its overall total to 923,189 total infections. The health ministry said the country has also suffered 1,282 deaths since the last update on Monday, bringing the number of confirmed fatalities there to 45,241. In nominal terms, Brazil is the second-worst hit country in the world in both respects. Around 9% of Guinea-Bissau health workers have been infected with Covid-19. More than 170 of Guinea-Bissau’s 2,000 health workers have contracted Covid-19, a World Health Organization expert said on Tuesday, warning that hospitals were close to being overwhelmed. The tiny West African nation’s under-equipped healthcare system has been struggling to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, which has infected over 1,400 people and killed 15. Health authorities have raised the alarm over a lack of oxygen to treat patients. Asteroid was found to help prevent the deaths of the sickest coronavirus patients. A cheap steroid has become the first life-saving treatment in the Covid-19 pandemic, described by scientists as “a major breakthrough” and raising hopes for the survival of thousands of the most seriously ill. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 06:51 68 new cases in Uzbekistan  One new case in Vietnam  90 new cases and one new death in Kyrgyzstan  106 new cases and four new deaths in Haiti  478 new cases and eight new deaths in Honduras  One new case in Belize  5,839 new cases and 136 new deaths in Pakistan  350 new cases in Kazakhstan  810 new cases and 27 new deaths in Bolivia  One new death in Paraguay  23 new cases in Australia      43 new cases and one new death in South Korea  44 new cases in China  358 new cases and 20 new deaths in Equatorial Guinea  434 new cases and 19 new deaths in Guatemala  4,599 new cases and 730 new deaths in Mexico   Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates 16-06-2020 Headlines 07:10 Thailand, on Tuesday, reported no new coronavirus infections or deaths and marked 22 successive days without a domestic transmission. The country has recorded a total of 58 deaths related to Covid-19 among some 3,135 confirmed cases, of which 2,993 patients have recovered. Two new Covid-19 cases in New Zealand – the first cases there for 24 days. The two women had traveled from the UK and were released from government quarantine and allowed to drive 650km from Auckland to Wellington on compassionate grounds. Beijing bans 'high-risk' travelers from leaving the city. New cluster in Beijing, which numbers 106 cases. Beijing has now banned high-risk people from leaving the Chinese capital and halted some transportation services to stop the spread of a fresh coronavirus outbreak to other cities and provinces. China’s financial hub of Shanghai demanded some travelers from Beijing be quarantined for two weeks, as 27 new Covid-19 cases took the capital’s current outbreak to 106 since Thursday. German cases rise by 378. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 378 to 186,839; data from the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases showed on Tuesday. The reported death toll rose by nine to 8,800. Germany has fared better than many of its European neighbors during the outbreak. Italy has recorded 237,000 cases and 34,000 deaths. France has had 194,000 infections and 29,000 deaths. The UK has the worst amount of infected and death in Europe, with 298,000 cases and nearly 42,000 deaths. UK vaccine trials to start this week. Researchers at Imperial College London will begin clinical trials in 300 people, to see whether their jab produces an effective immune response against Covid-19, Press Association reports. The healthy participants, aged between 18 and 70, will all receive two doses of the vaccine over the coming weeks, and the hopes are that tests could then move on to 6,000 volunteers if they are successful. Australia continues to ease restrictions. Australia’s most populous state will nearly double its public transport capacity from 1 July, allowing more locals to avoid driving as it continues to ease curbs designed to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The relaxation of rules in New South Wales will allow more passengers to board buses, trains, and ferries, where capacity has been restricted. A study estimates 20% of the global population at risk of serious illness if infected with Covid-19. An estimated 1.7 billion people – more than 20% of the world’s population risk becoming severely infected with Covid-19 due to underlying health problems such as obesity and heart disease, according to analysis carried out by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and published in The Lancet medical journal. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 06:44 Two new deaths in El Salvador  100 new cases and one new death in Kyrgyzstan  One new case in Bhutan  65 new cases in India   383 new cases in Kazakhstan  4,443 new cases and 110 new deaths in Pakistan  614 new cases and 21 new deaths in Bolivia  132 new cases and three new deaths in Haiti  320 new cases and ten new deaths in Honduras  Two new cases in New Zealand  34 new cases and one new death in South Korea  12 new cases in Australia      427 new cases and 15 new deaths in Guatemala  Four new cases in Jamaica  3,427 new cases and 439 new deaths in Mexico  40 new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates 15-06-2020 Headlines 06:30 Iran deaths the top 100 for the first time in two months; cases worldwide near 7.9m. Follow the latest updates WHO cautions against the further lifting of lockdown in England Demand for flu vaccine soars as countries plan for second Covid-19 wave Republicans insist Trump Tulsa rally won’t spread coronavirus The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 192 to 186,461, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Monday. The reported death toll rose by four to 8,791, the tally showed. Mexico’s health ministry reported 4,147 new confirmed coronavirus infections along with 269 additional fatalities on Sunday, bringing the total in the country to 146,837 cases and 17,141 deaths. The government has said the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the official count. Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said on Monday the 15th of June it was not true the government had decided to ease an entry ban, which was implemented to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, for people from certain countries. The Yomiuri daily reported last week that Japan might restart business trips to and from Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, and Thailand in the next few months. Beijing city authorities said in a press briefing on Monday that “multiple cases” at a market in Haidian were found, all linked to the Xinfadi market. Officials said that as of midnight on Monday, ten residential communities near the Yuquandong market in Haidian had been closed, and residents were put under home quarantine and ordered to take nucleic acid tests. The areas will be under 24-hour supervision and disinfected. The Yuquandong market has been closed since Saturday. Confirmed coronavirus cases in Colombia have risen to over 50,000, the country’s Health Ministry said on Sunday, while neighboring Ecuador approached the same milestone, Reuters reports. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 06:29 No new cases and no further deaths in Thailand  One further recovery in Bhutan  313 new cases in Kazakhstan   87 new cases in Kyrgyzstan  5,242 new cases and 97 new deaths in Pakistan  144 new cases and three further deaths in Haiti   15 new cases in Australia     403 new cases and two new deaths in Honduras   354 new cases and 17 new deaths in Guatemala  617 new cases and 26 new deaths in Bolivia  Two new deaths in El Salvador  4,147 new cases and 269 new deaths in Mexico  36 new cases in South Korea  Two new cases in Jamaica  49 new cases in China  74 new cases and one new death in Venezuela  Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates 14-06-2020 Headlines 06:30 Deaths worldwide pass 430,000. According to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, which relies on official government figures, there have been 430,128 known coronavirus deaths worldwide since the start of the pandemic. The number of cases stands at 7,766,952. The actual data for deaths and circumstances are likely to be higher, due to differing definitions and testing rates, time lags, and suspected underreporting. China reports 57 new virus cases, the highest daily count since April. China, on Sunday, said 57 new cases of the coronavirus, the highest daily figure since 13 April, as concerns grow about a resurgence of the disease. The National Health Commission said 36 of the new cases were domestic infections in Beijing, with two more domestic infections in northeastern Liaoning province. Local health officials said they were close contacts of the Beijing cases. The new cluster of internal infections has prompted fresh lockdowns with people ordered to stay home in 11 residential estates near to the market. The cases are the first in Beijing in two months. Chile Health Minister resigns amid coronavirus deaths. Chilean President Sebastian Pinera on Saturday replaced Health Minister Jaime Manalich amid controversy over the country’s figures for deaths from the coronavirus outbreak. Pinera said Manalich had spared “no effort” in carrying out his “difficult and noble duty” to protect Chileans’ health. He replaced him with Oscar Enrique Paris, an academic and medical doctor. Half of Brits support Brexit transition extension, survey finds. More than half of people in Britain support an extension to the Brexit transition period. At the same time, three-quarters believe the UK should work very closely with the European Union to combat coronavirus, a survey suggests. New York State sees the lowest deaths since the pandemic started. New York saw its lowest death toll since the pandemic began on Friday. State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Saturday in the US and the lowest number of hospitalizations since late March. Evacuation flight for British Nationals leaves Columbia. The flight is operated by the South American country’s flag-carrying airline Avianca. On Saturday night, 230 passengers, mostly British nationals, were boarding the aircraft. The plane will return to Colombia from the UK with Colombian evacuees on Sunday. Egypt saw a record daily rise in infections and deaths, as it confirmed 1,677 new coronavirus cases and 62 deaths on Saturday. In total, the Arab world’s most populous country has registered 42,980 cases, including 1,484 deaths, the ministry said in a statement. Israel has noted a spike in coronavirus cases as schools, businesses, restaurants, bars, tourist attractions, and other establishments reopen, leading to 177 schools and educational institutions throughout the country closing again after 493 students and teachers tested positive for the virus. France reported 24 new coronavirus deaths over the 24 hours to Saturday, taking the total to 29,398 and marking the fourth day with under 30 fatalities. The president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, blamed citizens on Saturday for their reduced adherence to health measures designed to stop the spread of coronavirus. Lebanese protesters took to the streets in Beirut and other cities on Saturday in mostly peaceful protests against the government, calling for its resignation as the small country sinks deeper into economic distress amid lockdown restrictions. The state of Victoria, Australia, has announced nine new cases of coronavirus today, three of whom are in hotel quarantine. In addition to 50 people being allowed in cafes, restaurants, and pubs, and patrons being allowed to consume alcohol without a meal, restrictions on some community sports will be eased. Non-contact community sport will return on 22 June – for both adults and kids, both indoor and outdoor. NSW recorded nine new Covid-19 cases from 13,591 tests in the 24 hours to 8 pm on Saturday. Eight of the cases are among returned travelers in hotel quarantine, and one is a teacher at Laguna Street Public School in southern Sydney. All students at the primary school have been deemed close contacts and have been told to self-isolate. The school will stop on-site learning until 24 June. Authorities are investigating the source of the teacher’s infection. No cases are in intensive care. The 50-person limit at cafes, restaurants, and churches will be scrapped in NSW with venues instead to follow the one person per four-square-meter rule. The new rule, announced by the NSW government on Sunday, will be in place from 1 July and applies to most indoor venues, including pubs and workspaces. Outdoor cultural and sporting venues with a capacity of up to 40,000 will from 1 July also be allowed to seat 25% of their standard capacity. The Queensland state government is committing AU$250m (US$172m) to reduce elective surgery waitlists, which have blown out following the pandemic. More than 7,000 Queenslanders have waited longer than medically recommended for their procedures. Western Australia reports zero new coronavirus cases. WA Western Australia has reported no new cases of Covid-19 overnight, with the State’s total number of cases remaining at 602, according to the WA Department of Health. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 06:04 28 new cases in Uzbekistan   36 new cases in Israel  One new case in Thailand  6,825 new cases and 81 new deaths in Pakistan  78 new cases in Kyrgyzstan  258 new cases in Kazakhstan   323 new cases and four new deaths in Honduras  Four new cases in Bhutan  18 new cases in Australia      224 new cases and six new deaths in Haiti  913 new cases and 26 new deaths in Bolivia  Two new cases in Cambodia   34 new cases in South Korea  509 new cases and 16 new deaths in Guatemala  One new case in Jamaica  3,494 new cases and 424 new deaths in Mexico   57 new cases in China  Updates 13-06-2020 Headlines 06:30 Dr. Anthony Fauci, a senior US infectious disease official, has warned of the dangers of holding Trump election rallies during the pandemic, adding that rising coronavirus hospitalizations in some states could get out of control unless robust contact-tracing regimes were in place. Globally, there are now more than 7.6 million cases, with more than 425,000 deaths recorded, according to the Johns Hopkins tracker. In the US, there have been 2,048,986 cases and 114,669 deaths. In Brazil, the city of São Paulo has said it will reveal bodies buried years ago and store their bagged remains in large metal containers in a bid to free up space during the crisis. The public funeral service said in a statement on Friday the remains would be placed in numbered bags, then stored temporarily in 12 containers it has bought. The boxes would be delivered to several cemeteries within 15 days. In Argentina, a pastor turned his church into a bar in protest at the uneven easing of restrictions in his Santa Fe province. Church leaders were dressed as waiters carrying Bibles on their trays in a mock service. Pastor Daniel Cattaneo said: “So, apart from the breaded veal headed for table four, here goes the word of God.” China reported 11 new cases on Saturday, including six domestic incidents in the capital, Beijing, that raised concerns about a resurgence. Most of China’s cases in recent months have been overseas nationals tested as they returned home. The new cases have prompted Beijing officials to delay the return of students to primary schools and suspend all sporting events and group dining. City authorities on Friday also closed two markets visited by one of the known cases. New Zealand has now gone for 22 days in a row without recording a new case. Following the recovery of an Auckland woman on Monday, it has no known active cases of Covid-19, and no one is in the hospital with the virus. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 06:04 556 new cases and five new deaths in Afghanistan  32 new cases in Uzbekistan  81 new cases in Israel  366 new cases in Kazakhstan  41 new cases and one new death in Kyrgyzstan  6,472 new cases and 88 new deaths in Pakistan  Four new cases in Australia      463 new cases and 12 new deaths in Honduras  764 new cases and 26 new deaths in Bolivia  48 new cases in South Korea  11 new cases in China  421 new cases and 17 new deaths in Guatemala  5,222 new cases and 504 new deaths in Mexico   Three new cases in Jamaica  Updates 12-06-2020 Headlines 06:30 Global infections passed 7.5 million. There are 7,514,481 confirmed coronavirus infections worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University data. There have been 420,993 known deaths so far. The actual figures for deaths and infections are likely to be significantly higher due to time delays, differing testing rates, and definitions, and suspected underreporting. Beijing sees the first local transmission case in several weeks. In Beijing, a 52-year-old man who has no history of traveling outside the city or contact with anyone coming in has been diagnosed with Covid-19. Fu Xuejie, the wife of Dr. Li Wenliang, has given birth to their son. I was praised as a whistleblower in China and made headlines earlier this year after he was reprimanded for warning colleagues about the emergence of a new Sars-like virus. Brazil confirms 30,000 cases in 24 hours. Brazil reported a total of 802,828 confirmed cases of coronavirus on Thursday, with 30,412 new infections in the last 24 hours in the world’s second-worst outbreak after the US. With a further 1,239 fatalities, the death toll in Brazil has reached 40,919, the health ministry said, the world’s third-highest after the US and the UK. WHO warns pandemic accelerating in Africa. The speed the new coronavirus jumped from 100,000 to 200,000 confirmed cases in Africa shows just how quickly the pandemic is accelerating on the continent, the World Health Organization said. US President Donald Trump has introduced a policy stopping attendees at his rallies from suing the campaign or venue if they contract coronavirus at the events. Pandemic risks pushing millions more into child labor: UN. A report released on Friday noted that the relation between swelling poverty and a surge in child labor appears clear, pointing to studies from some countries indicating that a one-percent increase in poverty leads to at least a 0.7% rise in child labor. The report also stressed that the crisis could push children already working to put in long hours under worsening conditions. Others could be forced into the worst forms of labor, seriously threatening their health and safety, it said. New Zealand is relaxing its borders to grant exemptions for certain workers and partners of New Zealand citizens to enter the country. The relaxed rules, which will see America’s Cup sailors included, come after 21 days with no new Covid-19 cases across the country and no current live cases. Health officials have said the virus would be considered eliminated after 28 days of no new cases. Tokyo is poised to end all restrictions on businesses next week, and karaoke venues, game arcades, and pachinko parlors were set to reopen today on Friday. Tokyo’s governor, Yuriko Koike, said the city had entered “a new stage of living with the coronavirus,” adding that authorities would expand testing and ensure medical facilities were able to cope with a resurgence of the virus, which is known to have infected more than 17,000 people in Japan and killed 922. Japanese “non-regular” workers posted its biggest drop on record in April, declining by 970,000 to 2.02 million. Women accounted for 710,000 of the decline. Many of Japan’s women, many women lack the job security of male workers, with more than half holding vulnerable part-time, contract, or temporary jobs. Fujifilm Holdings Corp will spend $928m to double capacity at a drug manufacturing facility in Denmark, which it has pledged to use in producing Covid-19 treatments, as the Japanese company steps up its pivot towards healthcare, Reuters reports. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 06:04 One new case in Myanmar  Two new cases in Slovenia  Five new cases in Estonia  8,987 new cases and 183 new deaths in Russia  One new case in Slovakia  Seven new cases in Sao Tome and Principe  463 new cases in Singapore   Four new cases in Lithuania  612 new cases and 13 new deaths in Armenia  Two new cases and 1onenew death in Latvia  14 new cases and 2twonew deaths in Hungary  683 new cases and 16 new deaths in Ukraine  656 new cases and 20 new deaths in Afghanistan  6Sixnew cases in Georgia  602 new cases and two new deaths in Bahrain  132 new cases in Israel  Four new cases in Thailand  78 new cases in Uzbekistan  Four new cases in Australia      Four new deaths in El Salvador  Six new cases in Jamaica   37 new cases in Kyrgyzstan  Three new cases in Mongolia  314 new cases in Kazakhstan  884 new cases and 21 new deaths in Bolivia  309 new cases and four new deaths in Honduras  145 new cases and six new deaths in Haiti  148 new cases and 12 new deaths in Sudan  6,397 new cases and 107 new deaths in Pakistan  56 new cases and one new death in South Korea  340 new cases and 18 new deaths in Guatemala  4,790 new cases and 587 new deaths in Mexico  Seven new cases in China  124 new cases and one new death in the United States Updates 11-06-2020 Headlines 06:30 Confirmed US cases passed 2 million. The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in the US, which is by far the worst-affected country worldwide, passed 2 million on Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins University data, which lists 2,000,464 cases. The country has recorded 112,908 deaths. Brazil, with the next highest number of cases, has 772,416 confirmed infections. US deaths could reach 200,000 in September. Ashish Jha, the head of Harvard’s Global Health Institute, told CNN in an interview on Wednesday that without drastic action, the number of US deaths would march on. Donald Trump will hold a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, next Friday – his first since states began shutting down in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The 19 June rally will likely rattle some public health experts, as coronavirus infections rise in about a dozen states. Latin America pandemic deaths passed 70,000, according to a Reuters count, as Mexico hit a daily record for confirmed infections. Brazil, with the largest economy in the region, remains Latin America’s most affected country as total fatalities are just shy of 40,000, the world’s third-highest death toll after the United States and Britain. Cuba will test all visitors for coronavirus when it reopens to international tourism, which will be limited at first to the beach resorts at the keys of the Caribbean’s largest island, Prime Minister Manuel Marrero Cruz said on Wednesday. Mexico City will embark on a large-scale testing effort as the centerpiece of its plan to reopen its economy, its mayor Claudia Sheinbaum has said. The plan sees it diverge from the federal government strategy, which has shunned widespread testing as a waste of resources. The goal will be performing some 100,000 tests per month by July and trying to detect and isolate new infections as quickly as possible, Sheinbaum said. On Wednesday, Mexico confirmed 4,883 coronavirus cases in a new daily record. The Italian prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, is to be questioned as part of an investigation driven into alleged errors made by authorities. Prosecutors in Bergamo, the Lombardy province worst hit by the virus, will also question the health minister and the interior minister. Authorities have fined Prince Joachim of Belgium €10,400 in Spain after going to a party in Cordoba, where he caught Covid-19. Joachim flew from Brussels to Madrid, then traveled to Cordoba to attend a party with 27 other guests on 26 May, at a time when gatherings were restricted to a maximum of 15 participants. Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates: 06:04 239 new cases in Kazakhstan   36 new cases in Kyrgyzstan  5,834 new cases and 101 new deaths in Pakistan  Three new cases in Bhutan  81 new cases and one new death in Gabon  637 new cases and 25 new deaths in Bolivia  134 new cases and two new deaths in Haiti  425 new cases and 19 new deaths in Honduras  Nine new cases in Australia      45 new cases in South Korea  355 new cases and 27 new deaths in Guatemala  4,883 new cases and 708 new deaths in Mexico  11 new cases in China  Updates 10-06-2020 Headlines 06:30 Argentina confirmed more than 1,000 new cases in one day for the first time. Argentina confirmed more than 1,000 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday as the rate of new infections continued to rise just days after it extended lockdown measures in the capital Buenos Aires, the country’s largest city and epicenter for the virus, Reuters reports. Argentina’s Health Ministry logged 1,141 new cases in the past 24 hours, as well as 24 deaths, pushing its totals to 24,761 cases and 717 deaths since the outbreak began in early March. 21 US states reported weekly case increases. On Tuesday, 21 US states reported weekly increases in new cases of Covid-19. Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico all posted rises of 40% or higher for the week ended Sunday, compared with the prior seven days, according to a Reuters analysis. Brazil restored on Tuesday detailed Covid-19 data to the official national website, following a scandal about the removal of cumulative totals and a ruling by a Supreme Court justice that the full set of information is reinstated. The WHO called for new lockdowns in Pakistan. The World Health Organization has told Pakistan it should implement “intermittent” lockdowns to counter a surge in coronavirus infections that has come as the country loosens restrictions, an official said Tuesday. South Korea cases spiked again. South Korea’s coronavirus cases spiked to 50 new cases on Wednesday, after two consecutive days of fewer than 40 cases. “All but three of the locally transmitted cases were reported from the Seoul metropolitan area,” the Yonhap News Agency reported. A group of EU member states called for medical and equipment stockpiles to be increased. The leaders of Denmark, Spain, and Germany, as well as France, Belgium, and Poland, called for measures to boost the bloc’s long-term resilience to public health crises and backed proposals for shared research and development of vaccines and treatment. The epidemic in Mexico is advancing toward its peak level of infections, the World Health Organization warned. Mexico, where total confirmed cases exceed 120,000, and the death toll stands at about 14,000, began a gradual re-opening of the economy at the start of June. Pakistan should implement intermittent lockdowns to counter a surge in infections, the World Health Organization advised. The increase has come as the country was loosening restrictions. There have been sharp rises in reports of violence against women across Latin America, already a hotspot for gender-based violence, since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, the International Rescue Committee has said. Meghan Lopez, the IRC’s regional director for Latin America, said some women and girls were stuck with perpetrators 24 hours a day. The world faces a food crisis worse than any seen for at least 50 years, the UN has warned. Social protection for poor people is urgently needed as the looming recession following the Covid-19 pandemic may put basic nutrition out of reach. Nearly one in five people in Iran may have been infected with coronavirus since the country’s outbreak, a health official said. This meant the virus was “much less lethal than we or the world had anticipated,” said Ehsan Mostafavi, a member of the task force set up to combat Covid-19. Zoos, safari parks, and drive-in cinemas will be allowed to reopen in England from 15 June. Boris Johnson will make the official announcement on Wednesday. Updates: 06:24 525 new cases and 23 new deaths in Ukraine  369 new cases in Cameroon  469 new cases in Bahrain  166 new cases and three new deaths in the United States Four new cases in Georgia  683 new cases and 21 new deaths in Afghanistan  633 new cases in India 27 new cases in Uzbekistan  88 new cases in Israel  Four new cases in Thailand  38 new cases and two new deaths in Kyrgyzstan  245 new cases in Kazakhstan  5,385 new cases and 83 new deaths in Pakistan  Seven new cases in Australia      485 new cases and nine new deaths in Honduras  695 new cases and 12 new deaths in Bolivia  124 new cases and two new deaths in Haiti  50 new cases and two new deaths in South Korea  Two new deaths in El Salvador  364 new cases and 22 new deaths in Guatemala  Six new cases in Jamaica  4,199 new cases and 596 new deaths in Mexico  Three new cases in China  Source Worldometers, The Guardian Updates 09-06-2020 Headlines 06:30 Global infections have risen to 7,119,454, with deaths at 406,540, according to Johns Hopkins data. The US still has the most infections (1,961,185) and deaths (111,007). The UK has the second-highest death toll globally (40,680). University of Washington researchers have estimated that 145,728 people could die of Covid-19 in the United States by August. Infectious disease experts have said that large street protests held in major cities after George Floyd’s death could spark a new outbreak. Brazil continues its steep trajectory of Covid-19 cases, passing 700,000 infections on Monday (second only to the US), with 37,134 deaths. It passed 500,000 cases on 1 June. The World Health Organization has warned against complacency, saying the coronavirus pandemic situation is worsening around the globe. The WHO said it had recorded its highest daily tally of new infections on Sunday (136,000), with Covid-19 is raging in the Americas. “Although the situation in Europe is improving, globally it is worsening,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. Russia will lift a range of lockdown measures on Tuesday, including the lockdown in Moscow, the city’s mayor has announced. The capital’s restriction on movement end on Tuesday, allowing residents to travel freely for the first time since March. Some measures have gradually eased, with some shops opening. New Zealanders have enjoyed their first day of level-1 restrictions, where all coronavirus measures have been lifted, except at its international borders. A report by the charity CARE international found a ‘global absence’ of women in leadership roles in response to coronavirus.&nbs