6th June 2020 – (Hong Kong) Total worldwide COVID-19 cases have reached 6,880,373 with 398,754 deaths as of 9.15pm today. Globally, confirmed cases are now rising at a rate of more than 100,000 a day over a seven-day period. In April new cases never topped 100,000 in one day. But confirmed daily cases have topped that number in nine of the past 10 days, reaching 130,400 cases on Wednesday.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has changed its advice on face masks, saying they should be worn in public where social distancing is not possible to help stop the spread of coronavirus. The WHO had previously argued there was not enough evidence to say that healthy people should wear masks.
Thousands of people gather for more protests in London sparked by the death of George Floyd in the US despite government pleas.
Poland will open its border with Lithuania within days, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told radio RMF.
U.S. and Canada
After the U.S. gained 2.5 million jobs for the month, President Donald Trump outlined a fairly short list of priorities such as a payroll tax cut and more stimulus checks for Americans.
Film and television productions in California will soon be able to send their people back to work, several months after the coronavirus pandemic shuttered operations across the country and internationally.
China and Hong Kong
Genetron Holdings Ltd., a Chinese developer of cancer treatments, said it got emergency approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to sell a test for the novel coronavirus. Chinese authorities also licensed it for export.
China issued a new warning to its citizens against travel to Australia Friday citing racial discrimination against Chinese and Asian people.
Three new imported cases were reported in Hong Kong today.
Elsewhere in the World
Russia reported 8,855 cases over the last day, bringing the total number to 458,689, according to data from the government’s virus response centre. The death toll increased by 197 to 5,725 people.
The number of cases in Iran reached 169,425 as the country recorded 2,269 new infections overnight, slowing from a peak of 3,574 cases on Thursday. The total death toll rose to 8,209 with 75 more deaths in the past 24 hours.
Iran announced the easing of some coronavirus restrictions on Saturday despite being gripped by the second wave of infections. A wedding party contributed to a new surge in coronavirus infections in Iran, President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday but insisted the country had no option but to keep its economy open despite warnings of a second wave of the epidemic.
India overtakes Italy as the sixth worst hit country by the coronavirus pandemic after another record single-day spike in confirmed infections, bringing the total to 236,657 cases.
Sri Lanka’s virus-battered tourism industry can reopen for foreign guests from August but under strict guidelines, including multiple coronavirus tests during their stay, officials said.
The total number of coronavirus cases in Africa rose to 176,807 on Saturday, as the continent grapples with community spread, according to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. At least 4,902 patients have died so far across the continent due to the virus, it said in a Saturday update.
Brazil is edging closer to overtaking the United Kingdom as the country with the second-most coronavirus deaths in the world, after announcing another vast daily fatality toll on Friday. Another 1,005 deaths were confirmed by the health ministry in the past 24 hours, taking the country’s overall death toll above 35,000. The ministry also registered 30,830 new coronavirus cases in the past day, bringing the nationwide total to 645,771 cases.
Mexico’s state-owned oil company Petroleos Mexicanos reported seven more deaths from Covid-19 among its workers, taking the company’s total to 102. Pemex said 1,949 of its employees, retirees and their family members have been confirmed as having Covid-19. Of those, 307 have died.
South Korea has reported 51 new cases of COVID-19, mostly in the densely populated capital region, as authorities scramble to stem transmissions among low-income workers who cannot afford to stay home.
Singapore reported 344 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Saturday (Jun 6), the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in its daily preliminary update. This takes the total number of coronavirus infections in Singapore to 37,527.
Indonesia reported a record increase in new coronavirus cases, taking its total number of infections to more than 30,000. The country had its largest daily increase as diagnoses spiked by 993 on Saturday.