COVID-19 UPDATES : Brazil reports 34,021 deaths on Thursday, 5 new cases in China, US CDC projects over 127,000 coronavirus-related deaths by 27th June


5th June 2020 – (Hong Kong) Total worldwide COVID-19 cases have reached 6,702,793 with 393,212 deaths as of 1pm today.


Passengers on England’s buses, subways and trains will have to wear face coverings starting 15th June to help protect fellow passengers from the coronavirus.

France will add incentives for apprenticeships and help businesses that keep staff on payroll during an economic downturn to prevent losing a generation to long-term unemployment triggered by the coronavirus.

A second round of random testing in Spain shows only 5.2 percent of the population carry antibodies against the new coronavirus.

U.S. and Canada

The May employment report is expected to show that 8.3 million more jobs were lost, and the unemployment rate rose to 20%.

A forecast published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now projects more than 127,000 coronavirus-related deaths in the country by 27th June.

 More than two-thirds, or 69%, of surveyed Americans, believe there will be a second wave of the coronavirus, according to a new poll from Monmouth University.

The Lancet has retracted a major study that sparked concern about the health effects of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine as treatments for COVID-19, according to a report from STAT news.

New York City’s health department produced data Thursday that showed no deaths of virus-carriers the previous day, giving officials cause to cautiously celebrate. Three deaths probably attributable to Covid-19 occurred in untested patients, the department reported. It was a far cry from a week in mid-April when the city recorded about 700 deaths a day.

New York is expanding testing to everyone who participated in recent George Floyd protests, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

United Airlines Holdings Inc. plans to reinstate flights at more than 150 U.S. and Canadian destinations in July while setting a more cautious expansion than American Airlines Group Inc.

U.S. airlines objected to China’s plan to ease its ban on foreign carriers starting June 8 — a change of course that came a day after the Trump administration issued its own limit on Chinese flights.

Ford Motor Co. delayed plans to have salaried employees return to offices as union leaders question whether the automaker is doing enough to protect hourly workers who are back on the factory floor.

American Airlines Group Inc. will reduce its officer ranks by 30%, Chief Executive Officer Doug Parker said in a memo to employees, as the carrier slims down after the coronavirus choked travel demand. 

Professional basketball is on track to restart its season 31st July at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, more than four months after halting play. 

Casinos in Nevada reopened Thursday following a nearly three-month shutdown due to the coronavirus, and some properties let guests in right after midnight.

Las Vegas casinos reopened with The D and Golden Gate welcoming gamblers just after midnight. Dealers are wearing masks; hand sanitizer is widely available; guests and workers are having their temperature checked. 

China and Hong Kong

China reports five additional coronavirus cases by the end of 4th June, with all of them from abroad, according to a statement from the National Health Commission. Four of the cases were reported in Shanghai, while one was in Sichuan province. China has 83,027 confirmed cases, while the death toll stands at 4,634. All COVID-19 patients have been discharged from hospitals in Hubei, China’s epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to CGTN, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Thursday announced that the Chinese government would make a contribution of 20 million U.S. dollars to the funding of Gavi, a UN-backed alliance that helps get vaccines to developing countries, to meet the challenges of COVID-19 between 2021 and 2025.

Elsewhere in the World

Brazil now has the third-highest number of coronavirus fatalities in the world, behind the US and the United Kingdom. Brazil’s health ministry reported 34,021 deaths as of Thursday. Brazil registered a record 1,473 more coronavirus-related fatalities in the 24 hours to Thursday, its health ministry reported, with the country’s death toll now at 34,021.   The state of Sao Paulo registered 5,717 new cases and 285 related deaths in the previous 24 hours – bringing the total in Brazil’s most populous state to 129,200 cases and 5,717 deaths.

Peru reported 137 new coronavirus-related deaths Thursday raising the national death toll to 5,031, according to the country’s health ministry. The total number of cases rose to 183,198, an increase of 4,284 from the previous day. 

Argentina extended until 28th June a mandatory lockdown in capital Buenos Aires and other areas with high cases of coronavirus, President Alberto Fernandez announced, after the country surpassed 20,000 confirmed cases earlier in the day.

Mexico has more than 105,680 total cases after 4,442 new infections were reported Thursday, its largest single-day increase to date. Thursday’s additions bring Mexico’s tally to a total of 105,680 cases and 12,545 deaths.

CSL Ltd., Australia’s largest drugmaker, and partners agreed to develop an experimental COVID-19 vaccine from the University of Queensland that could be available in 2021 if clinical trials are successful.

Turkey will impose a two-day weekend curfew in 15 cities as part of efforts to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, the interior ministry said. In a statement, the ministry said the lockdown will be in effect in Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir, Balikesir, Bursa, Eskisehir, Gaziantep, Kayseri, Kocaeli, Konya, Manisa, Sakarya, Samsun, Van and Zonguldak.

New Zealand said it was extending its wage subsidy scheme to help an additional 40,000 businesses keep staff employed as they recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Japanese household spending fell by the most on record in April as people stayed home and shops and restaurants shut amid a nationwide declaration of emergency over the coronavirus.  Japanese industrial conglomerates Hitachi Ltd and Toshiba Corp, as well as Miraca Holdings subsidiary Fujirebio, said they will jointly set up a facility to produce antigen coronavirus testing kits.

South Korea reported 39 more coronavirus cases in 24 hours, bringing the total tally to 11,668, data from the Korea Centres for Disease Control & Prevention showed. No additional death was reported.

The Singapore government is developing and will “soon” roll out a portable and wearable contact tracing device, Minister-in-charge of the Smart Nation initiative Vivian Balakrishnan told Parliament on Friday.

Australian authorities are taking legal action to try stop a Black Lives Matter protest scheduled to take place in Sydney on Saturday, citing the risk of an outbreak of COVID-19 given the large numbers expected to attend. The last-minute move by the New South Wales state government on Friday came after Prime Minister Scott Morrison told people not to attend the gathering and similar rallies in Melbourne and other major cities.