International Update: Global Covid-19 cases near 10.9 million – US has more than 2.7 million

3rd July 2020 (Last Updated July 3rd, 2020 12:28)

3 July

Global: Currently, 10,890,511 cases of coronavirus have now been confirmed worldwide, and 521,693 deaths recorded, according to Johns Hopkins University.

US: The past week has seen the US break its own one-day case record four times, according to data compiled by researchers at Johns Hopkins University.

The novel coronavirus is showing some signs of mutating in a way that may make it easier to spread, according to Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Brazil: Second only to the US in terms of number of cases and deaths, Brazil now has almost 1.5 million confirmed infections.

India: India reported another single-day record for new virus cases on Friday – 20,903.

Australia: The state of Victoria is still struggling to contain a new outbreak, with 66 additional cases confirmed on Friday.

Japan: In Tokyo, more 120 new cases were found on Friday, the Nikkei newspaper reported.

South Korea: South Korea reported 63 new coronavirus cases as of Thursday, most from domestic infections outside Seoul.

UK: Staff and residents in UK care homes for people over 65 and those with dementia will receive regular Covid-19 tests from Monday.

The UK government has ordered 65 million syringes and needles – a set for almost every person in the country – from US-based medical devices company Becton Dickinson & Co..

Africa: The World Health Organization (WHO) said more than 6,000 health workers have been infected with the coronavirus in 38 countries across Africa since the pandemic began.

Hundreds of health workers have been infected with coronavirus in South Africa’s Gauteng province.

New Guinea: A leading obstetrician has advised women in Papua New Guinea not to fall pregnant for up to two years.

Peru: Peru’s Covid-19 death toll rose to 10,045 on Thursday, the health ministry said, a day after the Latin American nation began easing a lockdown in a bid to revive the economy.

Lockdown updates

Mexico: The leading health official in the state of Sonora, Mexico, has asked the federal government to temporarily close the border to non-essential visits from the US.

US: Federal agencies in the US said airlines should consider limiting capacity on planes to promote social distancing, but stopped short of requiring them to do so

UK: Holidaymakers from England will be able to visit Spain, Italy, France and Germany without having to quarantine for 14 days on their return.

Economic updates

Global: Citigroup is unlikely to bring more than 40% of workers back to offices around the world until a coronavirus vaccine is available, said Paco Ybarra, who leads the bank’s institutional clients group.

Latin America: The United Nations has predicted that more than 2.7m businesses could go under and 8.5m jobs could be lost in Latin America due to the coronavirus crisis.

UK: Companies expect the damage to business from the virus to linger on into next year, countering the optimism coming from some Bank of England policy makers.