(The Guardian) – A summary of the biggest developments in the global coronavirus outbreak:
- Global cases pass 2.4 million, US deaths pass 40,000: There have now been more than 2.4m confirmed cases and 165,000 deaths from Covid-19 worldwide.
- Trump turns Covid-19 briefing into ‘campaign ad’. Trump also criticised the restrictions put in place by some state leaders and again criticised the WHO and China over the pandemic but also said he was prepared to give Iran help to fight the virus.
- New Zealand plans to ease restrictions in a week: The country’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, has extended the country’s level-4 lockdown for a week, after which schools and daycare centres will be allowed to open, as well as some businesses barring major upsets. The country’s virus death toll stands at 12 and has introduced some of the strictest lockdown measures in the world, as it pursues and “elimination” strategy with the virus.
- UN sounds warning on emergency relief fund for vulnerable.
- China reports just 12 new cases: The number of new cases reported by the country in Monday is down from 16 a day earlier, with no new deaths for the third day in a row. There were also 49 new asymptomatic cases reported on Monday.
- Germany will take its first steps towards normality on Monday, with smaller shops in some regions opening up for the first time in a month after politicians declared the coronavirus “under control”.
- Italy records lowest daily death toll in a week: Italy said on Sunday that deaths rose by 433, the lowest daily tally in a week, and the number of new cases slowed to 3,047 from a previous 3,491. The total number of deaths now stands at 23,660 – second only to the United States.
- Iran will extend leave for prisoners for one more month: President Hassan Rouhani announced on Sunday that the 100,000 detainees temporarily released to combat the spread of coronavirus would remain out of prison for another month, as the country works to halt the spread of the virus.
- Spain registers sharp drop in daily death: On Sunday, the country reported 410 fatalities, brining its death toll to 20,453, with 195,344 infections. Spain announced 4,218 new cases on Sunday, an increase of 2.4%.
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