Covid-19: What happened around the world today

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As restrictions in some countries are relaxed, others are warning of increased infections as social distancing rules aren’t followed. Here’s what’s happening around the world.

Paramedic Nadezhda Konanava, 65, wearing a protective suit rides her electric bike at the village of Novaya Obo.

Paramedic Nadezhda Konanava, 65, wearing a protective suit rides her electric bike at the village of Novaya Obo. Photo: AFP or licensors

More than 6.27 million people have been reported infected with Covid-19 globally and 374,612 have died, a Reuters tally shows.

In the US, health experts and government officials warned that large street protests over racial inequities and excessive police force could worsen the spread of the coronavirus.


  • British government ministers are aiming to replace coronavirus quarantine for people arriving at airports by the end of June, with so-called air bridges being considered as an option, the Telegraph newspaper reported.
  • Slovakia, with one of the world’s lowest death rates from the outbreak, will undo more restrictions from Wednesday, including opening indoor sports centres and pools.
  • Russia will start giving patients its first drug approved to treat Covid-19 next week, its state financial backer told Reuters.
  • Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
  • World Health Organization experts and a range of other scientists said there was no evidence to support an assertion by a high-profile Italian doctor that the coronavirus has been losing potency.


  • In a single Brazilian state, some 2400 meat plant workers have caught the coronavirus, officials said.
  • Eli Lilly and Co said the first set of patients had been dosed in an early-stage trial to test its potential Covid-19 treatment, in the world’s first study of an antibody treatment against the disease.
  • Colombia issued new measures to control the spread in three of its most affected cities, including capital Bogota, as the rest of the country prepared for quarantine rules to start lifting.
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Asia Pacific

  • China will fully implement its commitment to nationally determined contributions on climate change under the Paris climate agreement despite the coronavirus outbreak, the country’s environment ministry said.
  • The Japanese Health Ministry said it had allowed saliva-based coronavirus tests to help boost the number of polymerase chain reaction tests.
  • South Korea is testing a new quick response code system this week to log visitors at high-risk entertainment facilities, restaurants and churches in a bid to track coronavirus cases.
  • Hong Kong confirmed its first locally transmitted cases in more than two weeks, fuelling concerns over its spread as restrictions on movement are relaxed.

Middle East and Africa

  • Nigeria will relax coronavirus restrictions on places of worship from Tuesday, the chairman of the presidential task force for Covid-19 said.
  • Iran could face a second, stronger wave of infections if people ignore guidance and social distancing rules, its health minister said.
  • Turkey reopened restaurants, cafes and parks on Monday and lifted inter-city travel restrictions.
  • Rwanda’s ministry of health on Sunday reported the East African nation’s first death caused by Covid-19.
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Economic fallout

  • European manufacturers may be over the worst of a coronavirus-driven downturn, but Asia’s pain deepened in May due to a slump in global trade, surveys show.
  • Japan’s government will submit to parliament early next week a second extra budget to fund a new $1.1 trillion stimulus package, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said.
  • Hong Kong’s retail sales fell by 36.1 percent in April from a year earlier, hammered by the new coronavirus that has sent many retailers to the brink of collapse.
  • Germany is working on a stimulus package worth €75-80 billion ($US83-89 billion) to support economic recovery after the pandemic, weekly Bild am Sonntag reported.
  • The International Monetary Fund said on Monday it had increased financing access for Honduras to about $US531 million, immediately releasing $US233 million, more than five times the amount initially approved.

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