COVID-19 UPDATES : Brazil reports 46,860 new cases, 21 new cases in China, 5,441 new cases in Mexico, EU to block US travellers


27th June 2020 – (Hong Kong) Total worldwide COVID-19 cases have reached 9,906,585 with 496,915 deaths as of 12pm today.


The European Union (EU) is set to exclude travellers from the United States, Brazil and Russia when the bloc reopens its borders to outsiders on 1st July, diplomats told AFP and Reuters, citing the uncontrolled transmission of the new coronavirus in the three countries. 

The British government will announce travel agreements with countries, such as France, Greece and Spain, next week as it reviews its policy of imposing a 14-day quarantine for travellers arriving in Britain, the UK government said in a statement on Friday.

The United Kingdom said it will lift its two-week coronavirus quarantine rule for visitors arriving from some “low-risk” countries, after pressure from airlines and the tourism sector.

France reported more than 1,500 new confirmed novel coronavirus cases on Friday, a spike unseen since 30th May, while the number of additional fatalities linked to the virus rose by the highest amount in three days.

U.S. and Canada

A federal judge blocked New York state from enforcing coronavirus restrictions limiting indoor religious gatherings to 25 per cent capacity when other types of gatherings are limited to 50 percent. US President Donald Trump on Friday cancelled a planned weekend visit to his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, the White House said in an updated schedule.

There are at least 18,056 cases of coronavirus in Houston and at least 216 people have died from the virus in the city, Mayor Sylvester Turner said during a news conference on Friday.

The first White House coronavirus task force briefing in months demonstrated a “stunning disconnect” between the administration and the reality of the coronavirus pandemic, a former Baltimore city health commissioner said Friday.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, appealed for the public to do more to help stop the spread of virus as the panel held its first briefing in almost two months.

Vice President Mike Pence has told major airlines to move forward with an industry-led solution for the contact tracing of passengers.

Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner announced at a news conference that the county board approved a mask mandate by a unanimous vote of 7-0. 

Texas has reported 5,707 new coronavirus cases today, bringing the total to at least 137,624, according to data from Texas Health and Human Services (THHS).

San Francisco is delaying its reopening as coronavirus cases rise, according to Mayor London Breed.

Travellers from the United States are “unlikely” to be allowed into the European Union as ambassadors of the 27 members states have agreed “in principle” to the criteria they will apply as the bloc begins to opens up, several EU officials told CNN on Friday.

Gov. Gavin Newsom said coronavirus death rates in California “are lagging” and thus, do not accurately reflect the toll of the virus. South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said he will not lift restrictions on nightclubs, concert venues, theatres, auditoriums, spectator sports and other venues until COVID-19 is under control in the state.

The governor of Utah is signing off on requests from two counties to require masks in public spaces. 

People commingling during recent racial justice protests are believed to be a contributing factor to the rise in coronavirus cases in California, according to Dr. Sonia Angell, the state’s health director.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez is closing beaches for five days around the Independence Day weekend in response to a recent surge in Covid-19 cases.

Texas posted a 4.3% rise in new cases that pushed the total to 137,624, according to the state health department. The jump exceeded the 4.1% seven-day average. Hospitalizations increased by 7.7% to 5,102, the data showed.

Twitter is developing its automated capabilities to improve the labeling of coronavirus-related tweets, the company said in a tweet. The company will enhance the tagging process to be more precise and to show fewer labels on unrelated tweets, it said.

Central and Latin America

Brazil began human trials this week to test an experimental vaccine for COVID-19 developed by the University of Oxford. Volunteers in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro are being given 3,000 shots of the vaccine. Brazil’s health ministry reported 46,860 new cases of novel coronavirus on Friday, bringing the total to at least 1,280,054

Mexico’s confirmed new COVID-19 cases rose by 5,441 to 208,392, according to data released by the Health Ministry Friday night. The number of deaths in the country increased by 719 to 25,779.

Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández reimposed a lockdown on the metro area of Buenos Aires, telling Argentines that “cases have grown exponentially” in recent days. 

Colombian President Ivan Duque called Venezuela a public health “time bomb”, saying the lack of reliable information about the status of its neighbour’s coronavirus outbreaks was a worry as his government tries to control its own infections.

China and Hong Kong

China reported 21 new confirmed coronavirus cases on 26th June with 17 in Beijing and the rest imported, according to the National Health Commission. Mainland China reported 12 new asymptomatic patients, who tested positive for COVID-19 but showed no clinical symptoms such as a fever, up from five a day earlier.

Elsewhere in the world

South Africa will allow casinos and cinemas to reopen and restaurants to resume sit-down meals on Monday in a further easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions despite a sharp rise in infections.

Thailand aims to produce its own vaccine rather than buy from abroad, and human trials could start as early as October, according to the scientist leading one project.