(The Guardian) – Key developments in the global coronavirus outbreak today include:
- Global infections rose to more than 470,000 and deaths passed 21,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker. Mainland China and Hong Kong both reported an increase in new coronavirus cases involving travellers arriving from abroad. Health officials in China said it had 67 new cases but none of them were locally transmitted. The easing of travel restrictions has allowed 800 Beijing residents caught up in the Wuhan lockdown to go back home to the capital.
- A new wave of coronavirus cases in Tokyo has prompted the city’s governor to urge residents to stay home this weekend. Tokyo reported 41 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, the largest daily number in the capital. There are also concerns of a resurgence in Hong Kong where a health expert called for a curfew to handle returning cases.
- Donald Trump has accused the media of wanting to keep the US economy shut in order to harm his chances of being reelected in November.
- In England, police will have the power to disperse people suspected of breaching stay-at-home rules.
- More people have now died in Spain – 3,647 – than in China.
- New Zealand has 283 confirmed cases and no deaths from the coronavirus.
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