Coronavirus Outbreak: Live Updates and News for Jun. 11, 2020

Coronavirus Outbreak: Live Updates and News for Jun. 11, 2020

A jump in virus cases and hospitalizations in some U.S. states has sparked concern of a second wave, as America’s total infections neared 2 million. The World Health Organization warned that a persistent increase in cases in Latin America is of deep concern.

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development forecast a global economic slump of 6% this year. Starbucks expects the pandemic to reduce sales this quarter by as much as $3.2 billion. Walt Disney Co. plans a reopening of California’s Disneyland Resort in July.

Tokyo is considering easing restrictions on Thursday, according to a local media report, while a person who attended a Black Lives Matter protest in Australia at the weekend has tested positive. China is offering employees of some large state-run companies the option of being inoculated with two vaccines currently in development if they intend to travel overseas.

Key Developments:

  • Virus Tracker: Cases pass 7.3 million; deaths exceed 413,000
  • Second U.S. wave emerges after state reopenings
  • Protester in Australia tests positive after attending rally
  • U.K.’s Johnson clashes with his own scientists on virus failures
  • Anger grows against India’s Modi among workers hit by lockdown
  • The $1,000 haircut is alive and well as NYC reopens

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Black Lives Matter Rally Protester Tests Positive in Australia (9:46 a.m. HK)

A protester who attended a Black Lives Matter rally in Melbourne last weekend has tested positive for the coronavirus, the Victoria state government said.

The person may have been infectious while attending the June 6 march and authorities are undertaking contact tracing, according to an emailed statement. The man was wearing a mask during the protest and wasn’t showing symptoms at the time, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported. The rally attracted an estimated 10,000 who protested against racism and for additional protections for Indigenous Australians.

Health officials and leaders in Australia, the U.S. and U.K. have warned that mass gatherings in the streets in support of racial equality risk inadvertently re-sparking the virus.

China Reports 11 New Imported Coronavirus Cases (8:16 a.m. HK)

China reported 11 new coronavirus cases with all of them imported into the country. The new infections include six in Shanghai and three in Guangdong province, according to a statement from China’s National Health Commission. The country has 83,057 confirmed virus cases and the nation’s death toll stands at 4,634.

Japan to Cap Visitors at 250 a Day When Border Reopens: Yomiuri (7:53 a.m. HK)

The government is considering capping the number of people allowed into Japan when it reopens its borders for business travel this summer, Yomiuri reported without attribution. Arrivals could be limited to 200 to 250 a day from Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam and Thailand with plans to establish screening measures for Japanese national traveling abroad, Yomiuri said.

Tokyo Mulls Easing Restrictions to Step 3: TBS (7:16 a.m. HK)


Security officers set a camera to check body temperature of visitors in Tokyo on June 7.

Photographer: Behrouz Mehri/AFP via Getty Images

Tokyo is considering moving to the next stage of its reopening road map as a recent uptick in cases has stabilized, according to a local report, a move that would allow businesses including karaoke and theme parks to reopen their doors.

The move to step three of the city’s reopening comes as authorities are considering lifting the “Tokyo Alert” issued last week urging greater vigilance against the pandemic, broadcaster TBS reported, citing an unidentified official. Both moves may come as early as Thursday, the report said.

“We’ll check all the data and if the data goes down from the standard of the alert, then we are ready to ease the restrictions and also step up to three,” Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said when asked in an interview with Bloomberg News if the city would move to step three of its road map.

The new stage would end calls for a certain businesses to stay closed, enabling amusement centers and internet cafes to reopen. Pachinko parlors, most of which have already reopened despite government requests to remain shut, will also be officially permitted. Bars and restaurants would be allowed to serve until midnight, versus 10 p.m. under current guidelines, and large-scale events of up to 1,000 people could be held.

Disney Aims to Open California’s Disneyland in July (6:20 a.m. HK)

Walt Disney Co. said it proposed plans for a phased reopening of its Disneyland Resort in southern California in July.

Pending state and local government approvals, the Disneyland and California Adventure theme parks would reopen on July 17. The Grand Californian and Paradise Pier hotels would open on July 23. Disney said it will manage attendance through a new system that will require all guests to obtain a reservation in advance.

Texas Reports Biggest Jump in Cases (5:33 p.m. NY)

Texas recorded 2,504 new cases, the highest one-day total since the pandemic emerged, according to state health department figures. The count climbed by 3.2% to 79,757, exceeding the seven-day average of 2.2%.

Deaths rose by 1.7% to 1,885 — the steepest increase in a week — while hospitalizations climbed 4.7% to 2,153 for the fourth straight daily advance. The escalation came as Governor Greg Abbott tweeted a public service announcement that featured baseball legend Nolan Ryan urging Texans to wash their hands and to not be “a knucklehead.”

Watch: As at least 22 U.S. states experience #Covid19 infection spikes, both Dr. Anthony Fauci and the @WHO’s @DrTedros believe the outbreak is far from over.

U.S. Cases Rise 1.1% (4 p.m. NY)

Coronavirus cases in the U.S. increased by 21,245 on Wednesday to 1.99 million, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg News. The 1.1% increase matched the daily average over the past seven days. Deaths rose 0.9% to 112,441.

  • Florida reported 67,371 cases, up 2.1%, compared with an average increase of 2% in the previous seven days. Deaths reached 2,801, an increase of 1.3%.
  • New York reported 674 new cases, bringing the total to 380,156, according to the state’s health department.
  • California cases climbed 2% to 136,191 while deaths rose 1.7% to 4,776, according to the state’s website.
Coronavirus Pandemic Causes Climate Of Anxiety And Changing Routines In America

A passenger wears protective gear aboard a flight from Los Angeles to Houston, on June 7.

Photographer: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Luxembourg Loosens Confinement Measures (1:24 p.m. NY)

Luxembourg further loosened its virus-related confinement measures on Wednesday after finding no negative effects since schools, restaurants and cafes reopened over the last two weeks, Prime Minister Xavier Bettel said at a press conference.

Restaurants and cafes will be allowed to accept bookings of up to 10 people per table, up from four people since they reopened on May 29. Indoor and outdoor playgrounds will be allowed to open again, and children under age 13 will no longer be required to wear masks while outside, Bettel said.

Summer activities and camps for kids will also be allowed this summer, under certain sanitary measures.

Latin America of ‘Deep Concern,’ WHO Says (12 p.m. NY)


A Patient with Covid-19 symptoms is transfered by ambulance boat to a hospital in Para state, Brazil on June 10.

Photographer: Tarso Sarraf/AFP via Getty Images

A persistent increase in cases in Latin America is of “deep concern,” Mike Ryan, head of the World Health Organization’s emergencies program, said at a briefing in Geneva. Health services in the region are coming under strain and there’s no evidence that shows whether the arrival of winter in the Southern Hemisphere will increase the spread or not, he said.

The pandemic is growing in many regions, and countries should be more ambitious than just flattening the curve, Ryan said. Africa has seen a recent increase in cases in the past week, though the death rates in most countries are 1% or less, possibly because their populations tend to be younger, Ryan said.

Watch: Mike Ryan, head of the World Health Organization’s emergencies program, says the persistent increase in Covid-19 cases in Latin America is of “deep concern.”

Russian health authorities should review how they’re reporting Covid-19 deaths accurately because it’s unusual that the death rate is so low, Ryan also said. The country has done a lot of testing, which may be one explanation, though other similar nations have higher rates.

Johnson Relaxes U.K. Virus Rules (12:37 p.m. NY)

Prime Minister Boris Johnson relaxed the U.K.’s coronavirus lockdown rules further, saying people from two households will be allowed to mix — so long as one is a single-adult household.

From this weekend, adults who live alone, as well as single-parent families, will be able to form a support “bubble” with one other household, which can have more than one adult, Johnson told reporters on Wednesday.

They won’t have to heed social-distancing rules requiring people to stay 2 meters (6 feet) away from each other. But households won’t be able to link up with more than one other under the plan.

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