International Update: Global Covid-19 cases near 9 million – deaths approach half million – quarantine clashes in Germany

22 June 2020 (Last Updated June 22nd, 2020 09:10)

22 June

Global: The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases currently stands at 8,929,394, while the global death toll is at 467,676, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker.

The World Health Organization reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases on Sunday, with the total rising by 183,020 in a 24-hour period. The biggest increase was from North and South America with over 116,000 new cases, according to its daily report.

The European Union and China will seek to cool tensions on Monday at a video summit, their first formal talks since ties soured over European accusations that Beijing has spread disinformation about the novel coronavirus.

Mexico: Mexico has reported 5,343 new infections and 1,044 additional deaths from the coronavirus that causes Covid-19, the health ministry said, bringing the totals for the country to 180,545 cases and 21,825 deaths.

India: The Delhi government has become the first in India to requisition its hotels. Starting this week, 25 establishments will be repurposed as emergency Covid-19 care centres for patients with mild to moderate symptoms. The move comes as India’s coronavirus caseload has risen to 425,282 as infections soar in rural areas to which migrant workers fleeing major cities have returned in recent weeks.

Greece: Authorities say Greece had 10 new Covid-19 cases and no virus-related deaths between Saturday and Sunday, according to the Associated Press.

Thailand: Thailand on Monday reported three new coronavirus cases, all imported, marking 28 days without local transmission, Reuters news agency reported quoting a senior official.

China: China’s customs authority said on Sunday it had suspended imports of poultry products from a plant owned by US-based meat processor Tyson that has been hit by coronavirus.

China reported 18 new coronavirus cases for June 21, 9 of which were in the capital Beijing, Reuters reported on Monday quoting the National Health Commission. Another seven cases are categorised as asymptomatic.

South Korea: New coronavirus cases in South Korea dipped to a nearly one-month low on Monday due mainly to less testing over the weekend, Yonhap news agency reported quoted health officials.

Lockdown updates

Germany: German police were injured as clashes erupt over virus quarantine. Several police officers were hurt in clashes with residents of a high-rise apartment block in Goettingen who had been placed under quarantine over a coronavirus outbreak, authorities said on Sunday.

US: New York City’s effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus through contact tracing has been hampered by the reluctance of many people who are infected with the virus to provide information to tracers, according to a report in The New York Times.

New Zealand: Citizens returning home to New Zealand could undergo two weeks of quarantine in campervans because hotels in Auckland were nearing capacity, the ministry of health has warned.

UK: London City Airport reopened for passenger flights on Sunday after a three-month shutdown, according to a statement by the airport.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will set out which further parts of the UK economy can open in July, and give an update in Parliament on Tuesday after hearing conclusions of the review into England’s 2-metre (6 feet 7 inches) social distancing rule.

Australia: Victoria, Australia’s second-most populous state has tightened coronavirus controls as a spike in cases triggers fears the nation could be hit by a second wave of infections.

United Arab Emirates: Dubai will allow tourists into the Middle East business hub starting July 7 for the first time since the United Arab Emirates imposed travel restrictions to stem the outbreak.

Economic updates

China: Chinese banks have offered relief on 3.9 trillion yuan ($551 billion) of loans since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic to help struggling small businesses and bolster an economy facing its worst slump in four decades.

UK: Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey signalled a major shift in the central bank’s strategy for removing emergency stimulus, stressing the need to reduce the institution’s balance sheet before hiking interest rates.