COVID-19 UPDATES : Mexican airline Aeromexico files for bankruptcy, US records biggest single-day increase in cases, North Korea tests 922 people for virus


1st July 2020 – (Hong Kong) Total worldwide COVID-19 cases have reached 10,590,724 with 514,020 deaths as of 12.30pm today.

The United Nations Security Council is expected to adopt a resolution by virtual vote Wednesday, calling on countries to adopt a halt in hostilities to focus on the COVID-19 virus, according to a draft of the resolution seen by CNN.

Asia’s loss of economic output due to the deadly coronavirus will likely persist until 2022, according to the International Monetary Fund. 


Hopes of a swift recovery for the U.K. economy could be dashed, according to a survey that revealed the parlous state of Britain’s businesses.

Chanel, the French fashion house has warned that COVID-19 will weigh on the luxury goods sector for the next two years but signalled it would hold firm on its strategy of avoiding discounting and online selling.

Seated around a 500-metre-long table covered with white cloth, Prague citizens gathered on the medieval Charles Bridge on Tuesday to say goodbye to the new coronavirus epidemic. The event “is a kind of celebration, to show that we are not afraid, that we go out and we won’t be stuck at home,” he said, noting that the dinner was only possible because there were hardly any tourists now.

U.S. and Canada

Coronavirus cases in the U.S. increased to 2.72 million today. Deaths rose to 130,122.

Alarming data from the US shows that coronavirus cases in 14 states in the US more than doubled in June with Arizona reporting a 294 percent increase.

“As I watch the Pandemic spread its ugly face all across the world, including the tremendous damage it has done to the USA, I become more and more angry at China,” President Trump says in Twitter post.

Joe Biden assailed Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday, arguing the president has failed to protect Americans and exacerbated a crisis that other countries have managed to control.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that travelers from eight additional states, including California, will be required to quarantine for 14 days when traveling to New York.

Coronavirus task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci issued a stark warning on Tuesday to lawmakers on Capitol Hill, telling them he wouldn’t be surprised if the US sees new cases of coronavirus rising to a level of 100,000 a day.

More than 40% of the U.S. has now reversed or halted economic re-opening moves, after steps taken across the Sun Belt in recent days, according to estimates by Goldman Sachs Group Inc. economists. The bank also calculated that the share of the population in states where policies are getting more restrictive up to 30% over five days.

The release of a study on a new strain of the swine flu in China is evidence the communist nation learned a lesson from initially withholding information on the coronavirus, according to Dr. W. Ian Lipkin, the director of the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

Florida reported 152,434 cases, up 4.2% from a day earlier, compared with an average increase of 5.6% in the previous seven days. Deaths rose 1.7% to 3,505.

Arizona reported 4,682 new cases, a 6.3% increase, bringing the total to 79,215. The state also reported 44 new deaths, marking a total of 1,632.

Chinese researchers discovered the G4 virus during a years-long pig surveillance program and published their findings in a scientific journal this week. Lipkin said it’s unclear whether this new virus is a threat.

Airbus SE embarked on the most extensive restructuring in its history, setting out plans to cut 15,000 civil-aerospace jobs worldwide as it attempts to steer through the crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that travelers from eight additional states, including California, will be required to quarantine for 14 days when traveling to New York.

Central and Latin America

A Brazilian federal judge overturned an order Tuesday that mandated President Jair Bolsonaro to wear a mask in public or face a fine.

Bolsonaro appealed to the federal court to avoid being obliged to wear face masks in public on Friday.

Mexican airline Aeromexico is filing for bankruptcy in the United States, according to a statement from Grupo Aeroméxico S.A.B. on Tuesday. “The company and some of its affiliates initiated a voluntary process of financial restructuring under Chapter 11 in the United States, while it continues offering services to its clients,” the statement read.

Mexico reported another 5,432 new cases of coronavirus Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases to 226,089, according to its health ministry.

As Peru begins to ease its strict coronavirus lockdown, the country’s biggest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) nightclub opened its doors on Tuesday, but there will be no night-time revellers, its dance floor will instead be filled with shelves stocked with groceries.

China and Hong Kong

China on Wednesday reported three new coronavirus cases in the mainland for 30th June, down from 19 a day earlier, the health authority said. All the new infections were in Beijing, the National Health Commission said in a statement. The capital city reported seven new infections for 29th June. There were no new deaths.

Mainland China also reported three new asymptomatic patients, who tested positive for COVID-19 but showed no clinical symptoms such as a fever, down from four a day earlier. As of 30th June, mainland China had a total of 83,534 confirmed coronavirus cases, it said.

China’s death toll from the coronavirus remained at 4,634.

The Chinese government has approved the use of an experimental COVID-19 vaccine for the country’s military — the latest step in a global race to stop the deadly disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The vaccine, known as Ad5-nCoV, was jointly-developed by the Beijing Institute of Biotechnology, part of the Chinese government’s Academy of Military Medical Sciences and vaccine company CanSino Biologics.

Elsewhere in the world

Singapore has controlled the spread of the coronavirus and kept fatality rates low, the country’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says in a letter posted to his Facebook page.  Singapore home prices fell for a second consecutive quarter after a two-month lockdown shut most of the economy and put the brakes on the real-estate market. 

The WHO has told NK News that North Korea has tested just 922 people for COVID-19. It’s the first update on the coronavirus situation in North Korea for two months.

Iran will reintroduce lockdown measures on one of its busiest port cities on the Persian Gulf following a surge in cases.

The Japanese government is considering starting talks with China, South Korea and Taiwan as soon as this month to ease travel restrictions imposed to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Asahi reports, citing unidentified government officials.

South Korea confirms 51 more cases Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 12,850. The South Korean government will start supply of Remdesivir to local hospitals on July 1 after signing import contract with Gilead Sciences Korea, the nation’s Centers for Disease Control & Prevention said in an emailed statement.  South Korea has started using remdesivir, an experimental drug that was originally developed for Ebola, to treat its most seriously ill COVID-19 patients.

New South Wales, Australia’s most-populous state, said residents of 10 virus hotspots in neighbouring Victoria would face six months in jail or a fine of A$11,000 if they attempt to cross the border.