International Update: 100,000 Covid cases per day reported to WHO – South Korea faces resurgence – autopsy reveals George Floyd had Covid-19

4th June 2020 (Last Updated June 4th, 2020 13:59)

4 June

Global: Known coronavirus cases pass 6.4 million. According to Johns Hopkins University, there have been 6,430,705 known coronavirus cases so far, and 385,947 deaths reported.

The World Health Organization has received reports of 100,000 new cases of coronavirus every day for the past five days, as the outbreak gathers pace in various regions around the world, director general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said. He also said it has resumed trials of hydroxychloroquine, although results published by the New England Journal of Medicine show that the drug was no better than placebo pills at preventing illness from the coronavirus.

As many as 45% of people who contract the virus don’t show any symptoms, according to a paper published Wednesday in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.

US: George Floyd had coronavirus, according to autopsy. Floyd tested positive for coronavirus, according to a full autopsy report released by the Hennepin county medical examiner’s office.

The White House is working with seven pharmaceutical companies as part of its “Warp Speed” coronavirus vaccine program. They include Johnson & Johnson, Merck & Co., Pfizer Inc., Moderna Inc., and the University of Oxford in collaboration with AstraZeneca Plc, as well as two other firms, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Mexico: Mexican health authorities reported 1,092 coronavirus deaths on Wednesday, the highest toll in one day so far, with total infections surging past 100,000.

Portugal: Portugal reported 366 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, above 300 for the first time since 29 May and taking the total to 33,261, the government said.

South Korea: South Korea has confirmed 39 additional cases of the coronavirus, all but three of them reported in the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area as authorities are struggling to contain a resurgence of the Covid-19.

China: China reported on Thursday one new coronavirus case and four new asymptomatic Covid-19 cases as of the end of 3 June, according to Reuters quoting the health commission.

Lockdown updates

New Zealand: New Zealand is on the verge of eradicating the virus from its shores after it notched a 13th straight day with no reported new infections, the Associated Press news agency reported.

Macedonia: North Macedonia has reintroduced stringent movement restrictions in the capital Skopje and another three parts of the country, after registering a record number of new Covid-19 infections, according to AP news agency.

Spain: Spain’s congress voted to approve a sixth and final two-week extension of the country’s state of emergency.

Economic updates

Global: G7 Finance ministers said the group is suspending official bilateral debt payments for the poorest countries to year-end 2020 and possibly longer, according to a statement distributed by the US Treasury.

Economic hardships brought about by the coronavirus pandemic could increase aid-dependency in countries at conflict without coordinated responses from governments and international institutions, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Thursday.

Germany: German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition agreed to a 130 billion-euro ($146 billion) stimulus package to help Europe’s biggest economy recover from the coronavirus crisis.