International Update: Global Covid-19 cases pass 10.4 million – US corners World Remdesivir supplies

1st July 2020 (Last Updated July 1st, 2020 09:37)

1 July

Global: There are 10,450,628 confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide, and 510,632 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker.

US: Tuesday saw 44,358 new coronavirus cases confirmed in the US, according to The Covid Tracking Project, which said on Twitter that the seven-day average for new daily cases as doubled since 13 June and that hospitalisations in the country jumped by the highest number since 21 April.

The US has bought up virtually all the stocks for the next three months of Remdesivir, one of the two drugs proven to work against Covid-19, leaving none for the UK, Europe or most of the rest of the world. In addition, South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reports that the country has started providing the drug to patients for coronavirus treatment.

Brazil: Brazil has reported 1,271 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours, bringing its total since the start of the pandemic to 59,656.

Mexico: Mexico reported 5,432 new confirmed Covid-19 cases, bringing the total to 226,089, according to data released by the Health Ministry. Deaths rose 648 to 27,769.

Japan: Tokyo has confirmed 67 new cases of coronavirus infection, marking the highest daily tally in the Japanese capital since the state of emergency was lifted in late May.

North Korea: The WHO has told NK News that North Korea has tested just 922 people for Covid-19. It’s the first update on the coronavirus situation in North Korea for two months.

Singapore: Singapore has controlled the spread of the coronavirus and kept fatality rates low, the country’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says in a letter posted to his Facebook page. Singapore is still recording more than 200 new cases of the coronavirus a day, with its overall tally at 43,907 infections, the second-highest in Southeast Asia.

Lockdown updates

Australia: Australian authorities will lock down around 300,000 people in suburbs north of Melbourne for a month from late on Wednesday to contain the risk of infection after two weeks of double-digit rises in new coronavirus cases in Australia’s second most populous state.

US: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that travellers from eight additional states, including California, will be required to quarantine for 14 days when travelling to New York.

Economic updates

Global: The pandemic has taken a much heavier toll on jobs than previously feared, the UN says, warning the situation in the Americas is particularly dire. In a fresh study, the International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that by the mid-year point, global working hours were down 14 percent compared to last December – equivalent to some 400 million full-time jobs.

The United Nations has called on governments to provide nearly $10bn in aid for Syria, as the war-torn country’s humanitarian crisis deepens amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Airbus SE embarked on the most extensive restructuring in its history, setting out plans to cut 15,000 civil-aerospace jobs worldwide as it attempts to steer through the crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

Asia: Asia’s loss of economic output due to the deadly coronavirus will likely persist until 2022, according to the International Monetary Fund.