COVID-19 UPDATES : New cases are “at all time low” in New York, Iran records more than 3,000 cases, 133 potential vaccines are in development, Wuhan completes tests on 9.9m residents with zero cases


3rd June 2020 – (Hong Kong) Total worldwide COVID-19 cases have reached 6,412,392 with 378,484 deaths as of 12am today.

New global guidelines featuring physical distancing to restart aviation safely during the coronavirus pandemic could add up to two hours of pre-departure time for passengers at some airports during peak hours, the head of an international airports’ group said on Tuesday.

The World Health Organization has raised alarm about the risk of using antibiotics to treat COVID-19, fueling a rise in antimicrobial resistance around the world.

The World Bank said on Tuesday that it expects the coronavirus and resulting recessions to leave “lasting scars” on developing and emerging market countries, with the worst damage on oil exporters and those suffering financial crises.

The World Health Organization says 133 potential COVID-19 vaccines are in development around the world, according to documents posted on the organization’s website.


Italian opposition parties and hundreds of supporters defied social distancing rules on Tuesday to pack Rome’s central streets in an anti-government protest rally.

The UK government has denied British media reports that the publication of its review into how the coronavirus pandemic has affected BAME (Black and Minority Ethnic) communities has been delayed because of protests in the United States over the death of George Floyd. Property values dropped 1.7% in May, the biggest decline since February 2009, Nationwide Building Society said Tuesday. The first results from the world’s largest randomised trial of drugs to treat COVID-19 patients could be available in early July, one of the scientists leading the UK-based study called Recovery said.

The British government on Tuesday defended tweaks to its coronavirus lockdown rules, after claims that a ban on overnight stays between households would criminalise sex. The new guidelines came into force on Monday, easing some restrictions on social gatherings but prohibiting two people from different households from meeting in a private place.

The number of deaths in the UK directly attributed to COVID-19 is approaching 50,000, according to official statistics released Tuesday.

Restaurants, cafés and bars, cinemas, theatres and concert halls in Netherlands reopened Monday.  The Netherlands reported five new fatalities, the third consecutive day of single-digit growth. The total tally stands at 5,967. 

Spain recorded a steep decrease in new unemployment claims in May, as the country emerged from coronavirus confinement measures that shuttered businesses across the nation and put hundreds of thousands of people out of work.

Most of the country entered the third phase of de-escalation on 1st June. People can gather in crowds no larger than 20 people, work in offices is gradually resuming. Larger stores and restaurants in shopping malls can re-open and the 50% maximum capacity for restaurants has ended as long as a distance of 1.5 meters is maintained.

People will be able to travel up to 20km away from home as opposed to the 5km limit which has been in place since 5th May in Ireland.

Austria will open the 2020 Formula One season with back-to-back races on Sunday 5th and 12th Sunday July after it was delayed because of the coronavirus, Formula One announced on Tuesday.

Switzerland is sticking with controls at the Italian border, declining to mirror Rome’s step of abolishing them on 3rd June, according to a statement.

Iceland is proceeding with plans to test all incoming airline passengers for COVID-19 from 15th June in a bid to salvage tourism, its biggest export.

Lufthansa is making it compulsory for people to wear face masks on its flights from 8th June, according to a statement. 

Norway’s opposition lawmakers are set to beef up a 100 billion-krone ($10 billion) aid package for its ailing oil industry after executives complained the government’s proposal would do little to stimulate investments and save jobs.

U.S. and Canada

New COVID cases is “at an all time low” in New York State, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a news conference yesterday.

As protests over the death of George Floyd continue across the United States, there is concern that coronavirus could spread among demonstrators, US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams told Politico on Monday.

The largest day of balloting since the pandemic began will serve as a dry run for the 3rd November general election, offering a glimpse of the challenges ahead on a national scale if that vote is conducted under a lingering threat from COVID-19.

P&O Cruises is extending the pause in its operations until 15th October, amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

China and Hong Kong

China needs to improve its monitoring for diseases of unknown causes and unusual public health incidents, said President Xi Jinping according to state television.

Wuhan’s Health Commission announced Tuesday that it had completed coronavirus tests on 9.9 million of its residents with no new confirmed cases found. “From 14th May to the end of 1st June, 9,899,828 people in Wuhan have received nucleic acid tests,” Lu Zuxun, of the Chinese Preventive Medicine Association, said at a news conference.

6 more new cases reported in Hong Kong yesterday.

Elsewhere in the World

The global death toll from the coronavirus has topped 375,000 as the disease continued to tear through Latin America, but in Europe the return to normality gathered pace with the French heading back to cafes and restaurants.

Iran has recorded more than 3,000 new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, the highest in two months, the Ministry of Health’s spokesperson Kianoush Jahanpour said Tuesday.

The United Nations and Saudi Arabia host a pledging conference for war-ravaged Yemen on Tuesday to help raise some $2.4 billion as funding shortages imperil the world’s biggest aid operation.

Coronavirus deaths in Russia have passed the 5,000 mark as authorities eased lockdown measures and prepared to announce steps to kickstart the economy. The government tally also reported 8,863 new infections for a total of 423,741, the third-highest number after the US and Brazil.

South Africa’s total confirmed coronavirus cases have jumped to more than 35,000 while the province anchored by Cape Town remains a worrying hot spot with more than 23,000.

Zimbabwean troops and police have tightened the coronavirus lockdown in the capital Harare, blocking many cars and buses from entering the central business district as cases of infections increased.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said today she was “horrified” by George Floyd’s death in the US and welcomed peaceful solidarity protests in her country, but noted that protesters flouted coronavirus social distancing restrictions.

The Tokyo government warned citizens to stay at home unless they had urgent business and to practise social distancing after recording 34 new infections, the highest since early May.

Flagship carrier to start flights between six European countries and Turkey on 18th June, state-run Anadolu Agency reports.  Turkish Airlines has said it will start direct flights from 16 cities in six European countries to 14 cities in Anatolia as of 18th June, including new routes it had not flown to before.

Dubai will allow the full reopening of malls and private businesses starting on Wednesday, its media office said, after the gleaming United Arab Emirates business hub began easing restrictions last month.

India reported 8,171 coronavirus cases and 204 more deaths on Monday, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. India’s government said it has approved Gilead Sciences Inc’s antiviral drug remdesivir for emergency use for five doses in treating COVID-19 patients.

New Delhi residents can check the number of beds available in the city’s hospitals on a new mobile app, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said at a news conference on Tuesday.

South Korea reported 38 new coronavirus cases and one death on Monday, health ministry official Sohn Young-rae said in a news briefing.