COVID-19 UPDATES : Cases in Peru rise to 174,884, Brazil reports a record 1,262 new deaths, one new case in China, Minnesota National plans to test all of its nearly 7,000 deployed officers after one infection case


3rd June 2020 – (Hong Kong) Total worldwide COVID-19 cases have reached 6,451,966 with 382,479 deaths as of 12pm today.


The number of active coronavirus cases in Italy has dropped to 39,893, a decrease of 1,474 since Monday, the country’s Civil Protection Agency said on Tuesday.

Italy reopens to travellers from Europe on Wednesday, three months after the country went into COVID-19 lockdown, with all hopes pinned on reviving the key tourism industry as the summer season begins.

The U.K. will publish details Wednesday of its plan to impose a 14-day quarantine on all overseas arrivals. The UK government says the 14-day traveller quarantine it plans to introduce on 8th June is crucial to stop a second wave of coronavirus hitting the country. The number of suspected and confirmed deaths from coronavirus in Britain has risen to 48,000, official data showed on Tuesday.

The Lancet has commissioned an independent audit of the data behind a study it published last month that found hydroxycholorquine increased the risk of death in COVID-19 patients.

Spain recorded no deaths from the coronavirus for the second day running, the health ministry reported on Tuesday, while acknowledging some “discrepancies” in the reported daily figures.

U.S. and Canada

Stocks rose on Tuesday as investors looked past civil unrest around the country and focused on the reopening of the economy from the coronavirus pandemic.

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday the Republican National Convention set for August in North Carolina would have to be held in another state because of social-distancing restrictions ordered by the state’s Democratic governor.

The US should have 100 million doses of one candidate COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the year, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and a member of the White House coronavirus task force, said Tuesday. Fauci said the first vaccine candidate, made by biotech company Moderna in partnership with NIAID, should go into a final stage of trials in volunteers, known in the industry as Phase III, by mid-summer.

Dr. Anthony Fauci also warned a potential coronavirus vaccine may not provide long-term immunity. He explained that immunity for other coronaviruses often lasts for three to six months to less than a year. If COVID-19 acts like other coronaviruses, “it likely isn’t going to be a long duration of immunity.”

The Minnesota National Guard said Tuesday it plans to test all of its nearly 7,000 deployed officers for the coronavirus after one tested positive and nine others developed symptoms.

Mass protests in response to the police killing of George Floyd could jeopardize New York’s progress in slowing the spread of COVID-19, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. New York is the hardest-hit state in the pandemic with 371,711 confirmed cases of the virus and 29,917 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Thousands of demonstrators protesting the death of Floyd remained on New York City streets after an 8pm curfew yesterday.Mayor Bill de Blasio had doubled down on a citywide curfew, moving it up from 11 pm a night earlier, but rejected urging from Trump and an offer from Governor Andrew Cuomo to bring in the National Guard.

The majority of Americans sympathise with nationwide protests over Floyd’s, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll. The survey conducted on Monday and Tuesday found that 64 percent of American adults were “sympathetic to people who are out protesting right now,” while 27 percent said they were not and 9 percent were unsure.

NASA and Fitbit received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday for their ventilators designed to help COVID-19 patients. 

Bank of America announced it’s committing $1 billion to help communities grappling with exacerbated economic and racial inequality caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams said to expect new outbreaks of the coronavirus resulting from the nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd that have seen thousands of people gather in close proximity. Oklahoma State linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga said in a tweet on Tuesday that he has tested positive for COVID-19 after attending a protest.

The seventh instalment in the Tom Cruise-led “Mission: Impossible” franchise has plans to start shooting outdoor scenes in September, actor Simon Pegg told Variety. Pegg plays Benji Dunn in the film series. Production on the film, which was being shot in Italy, was halted in February due to the coronavirus outbreak. Because of these delays, the film was pushed from its July 2021 release date to November 2021.

Automakers started down the road to recovery last month, with U.S. industry sales rebounding from the slowest pace in decades.

The Canadian Media Producers Association is developing a proposal that would ask the government to act as a backstop for coronavirus insurance claims.

China and Hong Kong

The one additional coronavirus case is reported in Guangdong province, according to a statement from China’s National Health Commission.

Another four asymptomatic cases are reported, with two of them arriving from abroad. China has 357 asymptomatic coronavirus cases under medical observation. China has 83,021 confirmed coronavirus cases, and its total death toll is at 4,634.

According to CGTN, President Xi Jinping on Tuesday called for efforts to strengthen public health system in China to better protect people’s lives and health, as the country, with steady economic and social life recovery, is shifting to COVID-19 regular prevention and control.

Elsewhere in the World

The number of coronavirus cases in Peru rose to 174,884 on Tuesday, an increase of 4,845 from the previous day, according to the country’s health ministry.

Brazil registered a single-day highest total of 1,262 fatalities related to the novel coronavirus over the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide death toll to 31,199, according to its health ministry. The country also recorded 28,936 new virus cases over the same time period, bringing its total to 555,383, according to the ministry. Parts of Brazil have begun reopening nonessential businesses and activities, such as churches, car shops, furniture and decoration stores. In the state of São Paulo, shopping malls, commerce, offices and real estate reopened on Monday. However, quarantine in the city of São Paulo which is inside the state has been extended until 15th Junee.

Mexico recorded 3,891 new novel coronavirus patients on Tuesday, the highest number of cases identified in a single day since the pandemic began.

 Trade unions took to the streets of Panama City on Tuesday in protest at the government’s decision to reopen the country’s economy, claiming it will lead to a spike in infections and deaths from the coronavirus.

Authorities in Bolivia are making door-to-door checks in regions with severe coronavirus outbreaks to try and stem the spread of COVID-19.

South Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety has approved a health ministry request to import the anti-viral drug remdesivir to treat COVID-19. South Korea unveiled on Wednesday a 35.3 trillion won (US$28.8 billion) supplementary budget, to raise the total stimulus to 270 trillion won for an economy facing its worst growth since the 1998 Asian financial crisis due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Australian universities could lose up to US$11 billion dollars as an indefinite coronavirus border closure locks out the foreign students who keep the sector afloat, the industry said Wednesday.

Singapore’s approach to the virus is set to become a defining issue in upcoming elections, with lockdown curbs set to drag on past most of Asia’s after its original, less restrictive approach was scuppered by a second wave of infections.