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International Update: Global covid-19 cases near 8 million – second wave hits Beijing – WHO say England should not lift lockdown

By Paul Dennis

15 June

Global: Covid-19 cases worldwide pass 7.9 million. According to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, which relies on official government figures, there have been 433,394 known coronavirus deaths worldwide since the start of the pandemic.

Demand for flu vaccine soars as countries plan for second Covid-19 wave. Fears of a second wave of coronavirus have sparked a global scramble for influenza shots from countries that hope to vaccinate great swathes of the population to reduce pressure on their health services.

US: Scott Gottlieb, former US Food and Drug Administration chief, said rising case counts and high hospitalization rates in some states coupled with increasing positivity suggests “there are outbreaks under way.”

The coronavirus is likely to keep spreading until at least 60% of the US population has been infected, said Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.

Colombia: Confirmed coronavirus cases in Colombia have risen to over 50,000, the country’s Health Ministry said on Sunday, while neighbouring Ecuador approached the same milestone.

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Germany: Germany’s coronavirus infection rate held slightly above the key threshold of 1.0. There were 251 new infections in the 24 hours through Monday morning, bringing the total to 187,518.

Lockdown updates

China: Beijing authorities have locked down residential compounds and fired officials over a new Covid-19 outbreak as health officials warned the risk of the outbreak worsening was “very high”. Ten neighbourhoods in Beijing have been sealed off as part of the city’s attempt to deal with a sudden spike of cases linked to a wholesale food market.

Japan: Japan’s Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi says the government has made no decision to ease the entry ban imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus after local media reported it might lift it for people from certain countries.

UK: England’s coronavirus lockdown should not be further lifted until the government’s contact-tracing system has proven to be “robust and effective”, the World Health Organization has said.

US: A ban on travel from the UK to the US will likely remain for months, and in the worst case may not end until a vaccine is available.

France: French president Emmanuel Macron has said that all of France will move into the ‘green zone’ regarding coronavirus risks from Monday.

Economic updates

Global: The global economy is in a new expansion cycle and output will return to pre-coronavirus crisis levels by the fourth quarter, according to Morgan Stanley economists.

UK: Forecasters say that the British economy will shrink by 8% this year and is unlikely to recover from the damage wrought by the coronavirus crisis until 2023.

 

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