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June 8, 2020

International Update: Global Covid-19 infections pass 7 million – US exceeds 1.9 million – 15 countries have more than 100,000 cases

By Paul Dennis

8 June

Global: Covid-19 infections now stand at 7,015,079, after another rise in cases from Brazil. The country now has 691,758 cases and 36,455 deaths. The US is the worst-affected country, with 1,940,468 confirmed cases and more than a quarter of the world’s deaths at 110,503. There are 15 countries with more than 100,000 confirmed cases.

Saudi Arabia: Saudi virus cases top 100,000 with new spike ahead of the Hajj. The total number of infections rose to 101,914 – the highest in the Gulf – while the death toll climbed to 712, the health ministry said.

Pakistan: Pakistan has become the latest nation to cross 100,000 cases, after surpassing China in the past few days.

Vietnam: Vietnam reports two imported cases of Covid-19. Both infections were in Vietnamese citizens returning from Mexico who were quarantined on arrival, its health ministry said.

Poland: Poland reports virus spike linked to mine. Most of the hundreds of new cases reported by the health ministry were linked to a coal mine in the country’s south.

Thailand: There has been no local transmission of coronavirus in Thailand for the past two weeks, with all 77 cases over the last 14 days imported from overseas.

Guatemala: Guatemala’s president Alejandro Giammattei says he will work remotely after 18 members of his office and security detail were diagnosed with coronavirus.

Chile: Chile has revised its coronavirus death toll after reviewing death registry data and information from laboratories carrying out Covid-19 tests and consolidating the list.

Sweden: The Swedish prime minister was forced to defend his Covid-19 strategy after opposition parties mounted a scathing attack on his government amid signs its handling of the pandemic has been fatally flawed.

Lockdown updates

New Zealand: New Zealand has declared itself Covid-19-free. Prime minister Jacinda Ardern said all coronavirus restrictions, except those at their international border would be lifted at midnight on Monday night.

UK: UK travel quarantine laws come into force. Most people arriving in Britain from Monday will have to self-isolate for two weeks under a new coronavirus restriction that will apply those coming in by plane, ferry or train.

Indonesia: Retail stores, restaurants and offices reopened in Jakarta, Indonesia, after more than two-months as authorities eased social restriction rules to jump-start an economy hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.

Denmark: Denmark continued to roll back its restrictions on Monday, after dramatically reducing its Covid-19 infection rate. Danes can once again visit gyms, public pools and amusement parks. And a ban on groups of no more than 10 was lifted, with the new limit set at 50.

South Korea: New cases of coronavirus have slowed in South Korea but concerns remain over a second wave of the outbreak in Seoul as the country entered the final phase of its plan to reopen schools.

Economic updates

France: France will offer a plan worth “billions of euros” to rescue its beleaguered aerospace industry, Transport Minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari said Sunday, as companies struggle with fallout from the coronavirus outbreak.

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