4th June 2020 – (Hong Kong) Total worldwide COVID-19 cases have reached 6,573,540 with 388,041 deaths as of 12.30pm today.
The coronavirus has not mutated in a way that would significantly change how it spreads among humans or how lethal it is, World Health Organization officials said.
UK Business Secretary Alok Sharma has been tested for coronavirus and is self-isolating, after looking visibly unwell while giving a statement at the UK Parliament on Wednesday.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition agreed to a 130 billion-euro ($146 billion) stimulus package to help Europe’s biggest economy recover from the coronavirus crisis. Germany will lift its blanket travel warning for European nations from 15th June. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Wednesday, as the continent looks to further ease restrictions imposed to contain the coronavirus.
France’s coronavirus death toll rose by 81 on Wednesday, or 0.3 per cent, to reach 29,021, the fifth-highest death toll in the world, and the number of confirmed cases rose again after they went down on Tuesday due to an adjustment in reporting.
The Netherlands lifted travel restrictions from mid-June for most countries in the region, joining other nations in the European Union that are easing limits.
Spain on Wednesday reported its first death from the coronavirus since Sunday as the government sought parliament’s backing for a final extension to the country’s state of emergency.
U.S. and Canada
US stocks finished higher after rallying all day.
At least two US senators said that China hid data from the World Health Organization (WHO) that could have altered the course of the coronavirus outbreak, even as a Chinese official denied delays in sharing information and said the government acted openly and transparently.
The Senate passed a bill Wednesday to give recipients of small business loans during the coronavirus pandemic more flexibility in how they spend the aid.
A White House doctor said President Donald Trump finished a regimen of the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine “without side effects.”
A new lawsuit targeting Amazon claims a lack of COVID-19 protections at its Staten Island facility has put workers and their families at risk.The complaint, filed Wednesday by three Amazon workers at its JFK8 warehouse, alleges the company erected a “a façade of compliance” to meet public health guidelines while simultaneously pressuring employees to report to work under unsafe conditions.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that an 8 p.m. curfew imposed during the heated protests over George Floyd’s death are set to be lifted Monday morning, when the city kicks off the first phase of its coronavirus reopening plan.
General Motors Chairman and CEO Mary Barra said the automaker expects its North American vehicle production to return to near pre-coronavirus levels by the end of June.
The Manhattan real estate market continues to struggle in the face of the coronavirus and now has the added challenge of widespread protests in response to the death of George Floyd while in police custody.
Many Americans may be working from kitchen tables and home offices during the coronavirus pandemic, but Walmart executives think office space still has a place in the future.
Delta Air Lines is extending a policy that ensures its planes are no more than 60% full through September, a move aimed at calming travellers’ nerves about packed flights during the coronavirus pandemic. The airline previously expected to end the policy on 30th June.
The White House is working with seven pharmaceutical companies as part of its “Warp Speed” coronavirus vaccine program. They include Johnson & Johnson, Merck & Co., Pfizer Inc., Moderna Inc., and the University of Oxford in collaboration with AstraZeneca Plc, as well as two other firms, according to two people familiar with the matter.
Chicago began the reopening of its economy on Wednesday under overcast skies and the despair from recent violent protests and looting of businesses, particularly in already hard-hit neighborhoods.
China and Hong Kong
China’s only additional coronavirus case on 3rd June was reported in Guangdong province, according to a statement from its National Health Commission. Four so-called asymptomatic cases were also reported, with all of them found in people who had come from abroad, it said.
China, where the virus first emerged late last year, now has 326 asymptomatic cases under medical observation. It has 83,022 total cases, with its death toll standing at 4,634.
China said on Thursday it will allow more foreign carriers to fly into the mainland, shortly after Washington barred Chinese passenger carriers from flying to the United States citing Beijing’s restrictions on American airlines. The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said in a statement that qualifying foreign carriers currently barred from operating flights to mainland China will be allowed once-per-week flights into a city of their choosing starting on 8th June.
Elsewhere in the World
South Korea reported 39 additional infections over 24 hours, bringing its total tally to 11,629, according to data from the Korea Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Fourteen cases were confirmed in Seoul.
Brazil reported a record number of daily deaths from COVID-19 as the pandemic continues to spread in Latin America’s largest nation. It had 1,349 new fatalities on Wednesday, bringing the total to 32,548. Brazil also recorded 28,633 new cases, pushing the total to 584,016, behind only the U.S.
Brazil registered a record number of coronavirus-related deaths for the second day in a row on Wednesday. The country’s health ministry reported 1,349 new COVID-19 fatalities in the previous 24 hours, raising the total to 32,548. The ministry also recorded 28,633 new confirmed cases Wednesday, for a total of 584,016. Two thousand Brazilians will participate in June tests of a COVID-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University in partnership with AstraZeneca pharmaceutical, the Federal University of Sao Paulo (Unifesp) said in a statement.
Mexican authorities recorded more deaths Wednesday than any other day since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Health officials said 1,092 coronavirus-related fatalities were identified in 24 hours more than doubling the previous single-day record. The previous high, 501 deaths, was announced last week.
Sao Paulo’s government has projected that its coronavirus cases could double by the end of June. By the end of May, Sao Paulo state – which includes the city of Sao Paulo – had reported a total of 109,698 cases. The government now projects that by the end of June, the cases could reach between 190,000 to 265,000, the state’s Vice-Gov. Rodrigo Garcia said at a news conference Wednesday.
North Macedonia has reintroduced stringent movement restrictions in the capital Skopje and another three parts of the country, after registering a record number of new COVID-19 infections, according to AP news agency.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday it is “very concerned” about the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic in Haiti. Haiti has reported at least 2,507 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and at least 48 deaths, according to the latest report by the Haitian Ministry of Health from 1st June.
Japan is weighing options to scale back the delayed games — set to be held in summer 2021 — including limiting spectators and reducing the size of ceremonies, Yomiuri reported, citing several unidentified government and organizing committee officials.
New Zealand is on the verge of eradicating the virus from its shores after it notched a 13th straight day with no reported new infections, the Associated Press news agency reported.
A media conference by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to announce a new stimulus package briefly turned comical on Thursday when he and reporters were told by a homeowner to get off a newly reseeded lawn. Morrison travelled to a housing construction site in Googong, 28km south of Canberra to announce his government would spend nearly A$700 million (US$480 million) to support an Australian construction sector hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.