Global Coronavirus Updates, 14 June: China reports its highest daily spike since April; France to end border lockdown, open up to Europe

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Coronavirus global updates: Countries around the world are seeing over 100,000 fresh coronavirus cases daily, according to John Hopkins University. Even as the global death toll crossing 4,30,000 on Sunday, a number of countries continue to further reopen their economies and ease lockdown restrictions.

China, where the first Covid-19 case was reported, has recorded the highest spike in daily cases in two months. This comes at a time when China, along with other countries that suffered early surge in cases including South Korea, Italy and Spain, were seeing an overall decline. On the other hand, countries like Brazil and India are now seeing a rapid rise in infections. The current global case count stands at 7,787,271 infections.

While US president Donald Trump continues to push for reopening more businesses despite warnings from health experts,the country remains the worst affected in the world with over 115,400 deaths and 2,074,526 cases. The States is followed by Brazil (850,514), Russia (519,458), India (320,922) and the UK (295,828).

Here are the top global developments 

China reports its highest daily spike since April

With 57 fresh cases in the last 24 hours China reported its highest daily total since April on Sunday, the National Health Commission reported. Out of the new cases over 35 were from the capital Beijing.

This comes after the biggest wholesale food market in Beijing was shut down on Saturday after 50 people tested positive for the virus.

Cases resurfacing in South Korea as curbs on business and travel

New infections rising in South Korea shows how the disease can come back as curbs on business and travel are lifted. Adding to the upward trend in cases the government reported 34 fresh infections on Sunday.

Thirty of the new cases were in the greater Seoul area where half of the country’s population live, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

New cases are coming from nightlife establishments, church services, a large scale ecommerce warehouse and door to door sellers.

Poland reopens borders with all EU neighbors

For the first time in nearly 3 months Poland opened its borders to Germany, the Czech Republic and Slovakia on Saturday, as the coronavirus pandemic in the country slows. The border restrictions were lifted from midnight, DW reported. Poland had already relaxed controls to the border with Lithuania on Friday.

France’s highest administrative court says coronavirus concerns no longer justify banning public protests

France’s highest administrative court ruled that virus concerns no longer justify banning public protests on Saturday.

This decision will allow protests, marches and demonstrations to continue as long as health measures are respected and followed. The events need to be declared in advance to local authorities.

The ruling came after the police had stopped at least 15,000 protesters fighting against police violence and racial injustice through the city Saturday citing virus related restrictions on any gathering of more than 10 people.

UK PM working for all schools to open in September

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is working with Education Minister Gavin Williamson to ensure that all schools can open in September and to provide support packages to help children catch up on lost learning, his office said on Saturday.

The decision to gradually re-open schools has divided opinion, with Britain suffering one of the world’s worst death tolls from COVID-19 and some critics warning of the need for caution to prevent a second wave of the virus.

Pakistan identifies and seals over 1,300 virus hotspots

Pakistani authorities identified and sealed off nearly 1300 hot posts to contain the rise of the coronavirus pandemic as the country reported its highest spike of 6,472 new cases on Saturday. The current case load stands at 1,32.40 along with 2,551 fatalities. Cases have surged since the lockdown announced in March has been eased saying it was necessary to save the country’s economy.

Australia’s largest states further ease coronavirus curbs

Despite recording new coronavirus cases, Australia’s two largest states (New South Wales and Victoria) will further ease public coronavirus restrictions at libraries, community centres as well as nightclubs, officials said on Sunday.

NSW said that from July 1, the 50-person limit on indoor venues such as restaurants and churches would be lifted keeping the one person per 4 square meter rule functioning. If the cases remain low, night clubs and music festivals will be allowed from August.

China will ensure the supply of 30 million testing kits and 10,000 ventilators each month, says African leaders

As the coronavirus cases continue to rise in the African continent, African leaders say that China will ensure the supply of 30 million testing kits and 10,000 ventilators each month.

The head of Africa’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that each country will be given a share based on their population and the number of coronavirus cases.

An additional statement by the South African president’s office says that the availability of the supply via a new continental platform aimed at procuring medical equipment for the continent at cheaper prices amid the intense global competition.

Spain opens its borders to Europeans on June 21

Spanish Prime Minister says Spain will open its borders to travelers from Europe’s Schengen travel areas except Portugal on June 21, moving up the original date by 10 days. Spain will drop its requirement for people arriving from abroad to stay in quarantine, either at home or in a hotel, for 14 days on arrival, when it reopens on that day. Sánchez said Sunday that Spain and Portugal will keep their border closed to non-essential crossings until July 1.

Spain’s government had already announced that on June 21 it will end the nation’s state of emergency to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. From then on, Spaniards will be able to move freely around the country without restrictions, but face masks will remain obligatory in public transport and crowded spaces.

On Monday, Spain’s Balearic Islands test their reopening strategy by accepting the first flights from Germany of tourists who will be exempt from a quarantine. The islands plan to welcome up to 10,900 Germans during the trial.

Over 27,000 Spaniards have died in the country’s pandemic.

France to end border lockdown, open up to Europe

France is opening its borders with other European countries at midnight for the first time since shutting them amid virus fears three months ago, and will start opening up to visitors from other continents July 1. It’s among several European countries opening borders first thing Monday ? though it’s not clear how many Europeans are ready to travel again.

The French government has urged fellow EU members to coordinate their border rules, and is sticking to calendar recommendations from the European Commission last week.

“Given the favorable evolution of the health situation in France and in Europe,” the French government said in a statement it’s opening its borders to all arrivals from the EU and countries in the border-free Schengen zone Monday. People arriving from inside Europe won’t need to undergo quarantine. But France will apply different rules to visitors from Spain and Britain because those countries established different reopening schedules. France will gradually allow visitors from outside Europe starting July 1, based on the virus situation in countries of origin.

The French government promised to ease entry for foreign students in particular ahead of the new academic year.

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