• Mosques have reopened for every day prayers within the Gaza Strip. The besieged enclave has recorded 61 confirmed an infection instances, and one dying through the well being disaster.

  • Sweden’s high epidemiologist Anders Tegnell has mentioned there was room for enchancment within the nation’s controversial softer method to curbing the unfold of the novel coronavirus.

  • More than 6.4 million coronavirus instances have been confirmed all over the world, in accordance with information from Johns Hopkins University. More than 381,000 folks have died, together with some 106,000 within the US. More than 2.7 million have recovered from the illness.

Here are the most recent updates:

Wednesday, June 3

20:50 GMT – Germany approves 130 bln euro coronavirus stimulus bundle 

Chancellor Angela Merkel mentioned her conservatives and their Social Democrat coalition companions have agreed on a stimulus bundle value 130 billion euros that’s designed to hurry up Germany’s financial restoration from the coronavirus pandemic.

The coalition companions resolved variations on incentives to purchase new vehicles and aid for extremely indebted municipalities, paving the way in which for a fiscal programme that’s considerably greater than related packages by Germany’s euro zone companions. 

20:30 GMT – Democrats’ bid to instantly move coronavirus small enterprise invoice stalls in US Senate 

US Republican Senator Ron Johnson on Wednesday stopped an try by Democrats to instantly move a invoice giving small companies extra flexibility in utilizing new federal loans through the coronavirus pandemic.

Johnson mentioned the laws, which overwhelmingly handed the House of Representatives on May 28, probably could possibly be handed in a while Wednesday or on Thursday pending closed-door negotiations that had been persevering with.

19:35 GMT – UK enterprise minister examined after feeling unwell: BBC

British enterprise minister Alok Sharma has been examined for coronavirus and is self-isolating after feeling unwell in parliament, the BBC has reported, citing a spokesman.

Britain’s decrease home of parliament reopened to legislators on Tuesday after the federal government ended measures permitting them to vote remotely, forcing them to face in lengthy queues to vote on substitute measures.

19:25 GMT – WHO set to renew hydroxychloroquine trial in battle towards COVID-19

The WHO will resume its trial of hydroxychloroquine for potential use towards the coronavirus, its chief has mentioned, after these operating the research briefly stopped giving it to new sufferers over well being considerations. 

The UN company final month paused the a part of its giant research of remedies towards COVID-19 wherein newly enrolled sufferers had been getting the anti-malarial drug to deal with COVID-19 resulting from fears it elevated dying charges and irregular heartbeats.

But the WHO’s director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, mentioned its consultants had suggested the continuation of all trials together with hydroxychloroquine, whose highest-profile backer to be used towards the coronavirus is US President Donald Trump.

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19:05 GMT – Trump administration selects 5 vaccine candidates as finalists: Report 

The Trump administration has chosen 5 corporations, together with Moderna Inc, AstraZeneca Plc and Pfizer Inc, because the more than likely candidates to supply a vaccine for the novel coronavirus, the New York Times has reported, citing senior officers.

The different two corporations are Johnson & Johnson and Merck & Co Inc, in accordance with the paper. The chosen corporations will get entry to extra authorities funds, assist in operating scientific trials, and monetary and logistical help, the paper reported.

There is not any permitted vaccine for COVID-19 attributable to the brand new coronavirus, and drugmakers in addition to analysis organisations are racing to develop a vaccine.

The first human trials of potential coronavirus vaccines started in March [File: Ted S Warren/The Associated Press]

18:40 GMT – Turkey not planning protecting weekend stay-at-home order

Turkey’s well being minister has mentioned his workforce wouldn’t advocate extending a weekend stay-at-home order practically two months after it was imposed as the federal government continues to ease coronavirus containment measures.

Turkey has rolled out a collection of measures towards the outbreak since April 11, together with weekend lockdowns, closure of retailers and eating places, intercity journey restrictions and extra.

Speaking after a gathering together with his coronavirus science workforce, Koca mentioned the lockdown rule, resulting from expire on June 6, could possibly be reimposed in sure provinces relying on the an infection charge.

18:12 GMT – France dying toll passes 29,000

France’s dying toll has risen by 81 or 0.3 p.c, to succeed in 29,021, which is the fifth-highest dying toll on the earth.

The charge of enhance has decreased in comparison with Tuesday, when fatalities had been up 0.4 p.c, and the variety of folks hospitalised has continued its long-running decline, the well being ministry mentioned in a press release.

18:05 GMT – Dutch research: youngsters aren’t large spreaders

A research by the Netherlands’ National Institute for Health (RIVM) has concluded that youngsters below the age of 12 play little position in transmitting the brand new coronavirus.

The research within the nation’s main medical journal Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde adopted the progress of the illness in 54 households, together with 227 folks in all.

Studies in different international locations have beforehand discovered that youngsters are much less typically contaminated by the virus and, as soon as contaminated, much less typically turn into severely ailing.

“Yes, children can become infected, but transmission takes place primarily between adults of similar age, and from adults to children,” the research mentioned in its conclusion.

17:46 GMT – Mexico’s dying toll may surpass 30,000: deputy well being minister

Mexico’s dying toll might attain 30,000, a senior well being official has mentioned in a newspaper interview, whereas suggesting fatalities could possibly be even larger if social distancing measures had been relaxed too quick.

With 10,637 deaths registered thus far, Mexico has the seventh-highest coronavirus dying toll on the earth.

Hugo Lopez-Gatell, an epidemiologist, mentioned the pandemic is “not yet (tamed), neither in Mexico nor in the world” and urged native governments and residents to stay to social distancing.

“It is a range between 6,000 to 30,000, with an average of 12,500,” Lopez-Gatell instructed the El Universal newspaper in an interview, whereas cautioning that the dying vary wouldn’t maintain if native governments opened up bars or companies too shortly.

Mexico to begin reopening from lockdown amid rising infections

17:43 GMT – Spain extends emergency until June 21

Spanish lawmakers have voted to increase the state of emergency a remaining time by way of to June 21.

It is the sixth time the measure has been renewed, which means the restrictions will stay in pressure, though they’ve been eased for the reason that begin of the lockdown in mid-March.

17:28 GMT – Qatar broadcasts easing of coronavirus restrictions

Starting June 4, folks can train outdoor with out sporting a masks, and as much as 4 folks might be in the identical car.

Read extra here.

Doha, Qatar, December 12, 2019 [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

Qatar has recorded 62,160 coronavirus instances and 45 deaths [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

17:16 GMT – UK’s Johnson tells EU employees to return again however to quarantine

Workers from the EU who left Britain whereas the lockdown shut a lot of the financial system ought to come again, however should quarantine like different travellers, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has mentioned.

“What I’d say to our Italian friends, Italians who’ve been living and working in the UK who now want to come back, I say come back,” Johnson mentioned at a every day information convention in reply to an Italian journalist who requested in regards to the impression of quarantine plans on EU employees.

“You’ve got to quarantine… but we want you back.”

17:13 GMT – Italy will obtain 20 billion euros from EU job insurance coverage plan

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has mentioned Italy would obtain some 20 billion euros ($22.47bn) from a brand new European scheme to mitigate the impression on jobs attributable to the epidemic.

Conte added at a information convention that Italy would additionally profit from funds made obtainable by the European Investment Bank, as a part of a wider EU bundle designed to spice up the bloc’s financial restoration.


16:12 GMT – Italy information 71 extra deaths, 321 new instances

Coronavirus-related deaths in Italy has climbed by 71, in contrast with 55 the day earlier than, the Civil Protection Agency mentioned, whereas the every day tally of latest instances was roughly steady at 321 versus 318 on Tuesday.

The whole dying toll for the reason that outbreak got here to mild on February 21 now stands at 33,601, the company mentioned, the third-highest on the earth after the US and the UK.

There are 233,836 confirmed instances, the sixth-highest international tally behind the US, Brazil, Russia, Spain and the UK.

15:55 GMT – Afghanistan testing simply 20 p.c of suspected instances

Afghanistan is testing solely about 20 p.c of its every day suspected coronavirus instances, officers and consultants have mentioned, as infections surpassed 17,000 on Wednesday.

“The health ministry is really concerned about the spread of the virus,” Deputy Health Minister Waheed Majroh instructed reporters.

“Unfortunately, the number of cases nationwide is more than what we record daily. We have capacity to conduct up to 2,000 tests a day, but the demand is way more.”

15:44 GMT – UK docs to trial ibuprofen in sufferers with respiration difficulties

UK docs are trialling a formulation of anti-inflammatory ibuprofen to see if it reduces respiratory failure in sufferers with extreme signs of COVID-19.

The trial includes a specific formulation of ibuprofen, which researchers mentioned had been proven to be more practical than customary ibuprofen for treating extreme acute respiratory misery syndrome (ARDS), a complication of COVID-19.

The formulation is already licensed to be used within the UK for different situations.

15:36 GMT – Spain stories first new COVID-19 dying since Sunday, whole at 27,128

Spain has reported its first dying from the coronavirus since Sunday, well being ministry information has confirmed, bringing the nation’s whole dying toll to 27,128.

Confirmed instances of COVID-19 elevated by 219 from the day before today to 240,326, in accordance with the ministry.

Lessons from lockdown: Cities to share experiences with COVID-19

15:17 GMT – UK dying toll rises by 359 to 39,728

The UK’s coronavirus dying toll has risen by 359 to 39,728, the federal government has mentioned.

15:14 GMT – Deaths in Canada rise to 7,414

Canada’s coronavirus dying toll has risen to 7,414 from 7,344 a day earlier, in accordance with official information.

14:56 GMT – Belgium to reopen companies on June 8, borders on June 15

Belgium will enable nearly all companies to reopen on June 8, together with cafes and bars, following its lockdown to fight the coronavirus, the nation’s prime minister has mentioned, though social distancing measures will stay.

Belgium will reopen its borders on June 15. However, cultural actions will proceed with none public until July 1, when cinemas and different cultural areas can open with a most of 200 folks, Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes instructed a information convention.

14:54 GMT

Hi, that is Mersiha Gadzo in Doha, taking up the reside updates from my colleague Elizabeth Melimopoulos.

13:00 GMT – Saudi Arabia information 30 new deaths, 2,171 new infections 

Deaths from the coronavirus pandemic in Saudi Arabia has climbed by 30, the Ministry of Health has reported, whereas it registered 2,171 new infections. 

The whole dying toll stands at 579, with 91,182 confirmed instances.

12:40 GMT – UN accuses Asian nations of censorship throughout pandemic

The United Nations rights chief Michelle Bachelet has warned that China and different Asian international locations are utilizing the coronavirus disaster as an excuse to clamp down on free expression and to tighten censorship.

The UN rights workplace mentioned it had acquired data on “more than a dozen cases of medical professionals, academics and ordinary citizens who appear to have been detained, and in some instances charged, for publishing their views or other information on the situation related to COVID-19”, or for being crucial of the federal government’s response to the disaster.

12:10 GMT – Japanese sportsmen take a look at optimistic for COVID-19

Two Japanese baseball gamers and a striker within the J League have examined optimistic for the novel coronavirus, their golf equipment have introduced, in a significant blow for skilled sport trying to restart within the nation.

Football workforce Nagoya Grampus introduced that ahead Mu Kanazaki examined optimistic for the virus, lower than per week after the J League introduced plans to restart the marketing campaign on July 4, albeit with out followers in stadiums, and as many golf equipment returned to full coaching.

Later on Wednesday, the Tokyo-based Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) workforce Yomiuri Giants introduced that two gamers, shortstop Hayato Sakamoto and catcher Takumi Oshiro, had additionally examined optimistic.


11:55 GMT – UK PM Johnson says quarantine important to forestall COVID-19 reinfection

Quarantine measures the UK plans to introduce for nearly all worldwide travellers from June 8 are important to make sure the nation’s charge of COVID-19 an infection doesn’t enhance once more, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has mentioned.

Asked by a lawmaker in Parliament why the UK was introducing the steps now, simply as many different international locations are lifting quarantine guidelines, Johnson mentioned: “As we get the rate of infection down, with the efforts that we are making as a country, it is vital that we avoid reinfection.”

UK scientists warn towards lifting lockdown too quickly (2:19)

11:30 GMT – Mosques and nursery faculties reopen in Gaza

Mosques have reopened for every day prayers and kids returned to nursery faculties in an easing of coronavirus restrictions within the Gaza Strip.

The enclave, whose borders are tightly managed by Israel and Egypt, has recorded 61 confirmed an infection instances, all in quarantine services, and one dying through the well being disaster.

Two million Palestinians reside in Gaza.


11:15 GMT – Novavax companions with contract drugmaker for vaccine manufacturing

US biotech agency Novavax Inc has entered right into a cope with contract drugmaker AGC Biologics to fabricate its experimental COVID-19 vaccine.

An add-on element of Novavax’s vaccine that would assist improve the immune response towards the coronavirus could be manufactured by privately held AGC Biologics, the contract drugmaker mentioned.

Where are we with a coronavirus vaccine? (10:14)

11:00 GMT – Spain seeks to divulge heart’s contents to some overseas tourism from June 22

Spain is working to progressively divulge heart’s contents to vacationers from international locations thought of safer within the battle towards COVID-19 from June 22, a tourism ministry spokesman has mentioned.

Madrid has beforehand set July 1 because the date to reopen its borders to tourism, which accounts for some 12 p.c of the nation’s financial system, after a months-long shutdown because of the pandemic.

Separately, Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya tweeted that Germany would elevate a advice to its nationals to keep away from travelling to Spain as quickly because the nation lifts restrictions on journey from overseas.

Translation: “I have spoken with @HeikoMaas, German Foreign Minister, [and] we have agreed that as soon as Spain allows tourists to enter the country, #Germany will lift the recommendation not to travel to Spain,” Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya wrote on Twitter. 

10:45 GMT – EU classifies coronavirus as mid-level menace to employees

The European Commission has determined to categorise the brand new coronavirus as a mid-level menace to employees, a transfer that permits employers within the EU to use much less stringent security measures within the office than if the virus was deemed excessive danger.

The choice might have extensive financial and well being implications because it may have an effect on corporations’ prices in absolutely restarting enterprise exercise and employees’ security.

Under EU guidelines, the brand new coronavirus has been labeled as a level-3 hazard in a four-level danger checklist wherein stage 4 is the very best. 

Parts of Europe ease coronavirus curbs as new infections drop

10:30 GMT – Austria to scrap controls in any respect land borders besides Italy

Austria is lifting all coronavirus-related border restrictions together with quarantines for brand new arrivals from all of its neighbouring international locations besides Italy as of Thursday, Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg has mentioned.

“We will elevate all of the coronavirus-related border and well being checks in relation to seven bordering international locations – these are Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Slovakia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Hungary.

“We are thereby returning to the pre-corona situation regarding these countries,” he instructed in a information convention.

10:15 GMT – Putin declines UK invitation for coronavirus summit: Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin doesn’t plan to participate in a web-based summit on a doable coronavirus vaccine being organised by the British authorities this week, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has mentioned.

Putin acquired an invite to participate within the summit from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson final week, the Kremlin had mentioned.

Scheduled to happen on June 4, the Global Vaccine Summit 2020 is designed to mobilise sources wanted to make sure common availability of the vaccine towards the novel coronavirus.

Russian President Putin delivers a televised address to the nation about the coronavirus disease outbreak, outside Moscow

Russian President Putin acquired an invite to participate within the summit from British Prime Minister Johnson final week [File: Reuters]

10:00 GMT – Sweden ought to have executed extra to fight coronavirus, well being chief says 

Sweden ought to have executed extra to fight the coronavirus and forestall a a lot larger nationwide COVID-19 dying charge than in neighbouring international locations, the person behind the Public Health Agency’s pandemic technique has mentioned.

Nearly 4,500 Swedes have died within the outbreak, the next mortality charge than in Denmark, Norway and Finland, and criticism has been rising over the federal government’s choice to not impose lockdown measures as strictly as elsewhere in Europe.

“If we were to run into the same disease, knowing exactly what we know about it today, I think we would end up doing something in between what Sweden did and what the rest of the world has done,” Anders Tegnell, the chief epidemiologist on the Public Health Agency, mentioned

“Yes, I think we could have done better in what we did in Sweden, clearly.”

Anders Tegnell

Sweden has thus far reported 38,589 confirmed instances and 4,468 deaths, a toll far higher than neighbouring international locations and described by Tegnell as ‘completely’ too excessive [File: Reuters]

09:30 GMT – Germany to elevate journey ban for EU, Schengen international locations and UK 

Germany will elevate a journey ban for European Union member states together with the UK, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland from June 15 so long as there aren’t any entry bans or large-scale lockdowns in these international locations, the overseas minister has mentioned.

Speaking to reporters, Heiko Maas mentioned all international locations involved met these standards besides Norway resulting from an entry ban, and Spain, the place he mentioned parliament was deciding whether or not to increase an entry ban.

09:00 GMT – US embassy declines UAE supply to check employees for COVID-19: FT

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has provided the US embassy a whole bunch of checks to display embassy employees, however the gesture was “politely declined”, resulting from privateness considerations, the Financial Times reported. 

According to a US official, the supply raised a “red flag” because of the involvement of Chinese companies and know-how. 

The UAE testing facility opened in late March by a three way partnership between Chinese genomics firm BGI and synthetic intelligence group G42, which has hyperlinks to the Abu Dhabi ruling household. 

UAE tests

 A medical employee, sporting a protecting face masks and disposable gloves, collects swab checks in Abu Dhabi [File: Getty Images]

08:45 GMT – Air Arabia lays off extra employees resulting from COVID-19 impression

Air Arabia, the one listed service within the UAE, has made additional job cuts because of the enterprise impression of COVID-19, a spokesman has mentioned. 

The Sharjah-based airline, which has about 2,000 staff, didn’t say what number of staff had been affected. It laid off 57 staff in May.

The newest job cuts had been a “last alternative” after the airline took a collection of steps in previous months to guard jobs, the spokesman mentioned with out elaborating.

08:30 GMT – Coronavirus pushes up German unemployment 

The coronavirus pandemic has contributed to a different rise in unemployment in Germany in May.

Some 169,000 folks had been added to the jobless checklist between April and May, with the entire variety of unemployed now at 2.8 million, in accordance with official figures.


Germany’s unemployment charge jumped to 6.3 p.c from 5.8 p.c the earlier month [Getty Images]

08:15 GMT – Russia’s coronavirus case tally passes 430,000

Russia has reported 8,536 new instances of the novel coronavirus, bringing its nationwide tally to 432,277, the third-highest on the earth.

The dying toll reached 5,215 after the authorities mentioned that they had recorded one other 178 deaths from the virus prior to now day.


Russia reported 8,536 new instances of coronavirus  [File: AFP]

08:00 GMT – Kyrgyzstan to renew home flights, enable Chinese constitution flights

Kyrgyzstan will resume home flights and bus service between its provinces and permit constitution flights from China this month to herald employees for quite a few Chinese funding tasks, the federal government in Bishkek mentioned. 

Kyrgyzstan will even resume home flights and public transit between its provinces from June 5.

Employees of Chinese corporations will probably be examined for novel coronavirus earlier than and after the flights, Deputy Prime Minister Erkin Asrandiyev mentioned.


Neighbouring China is the largest overseas investor within the Central Asian nation [AFP]

07:45 GMT – NZ sport set for followers enhance with finish to COVID-19 curbs in sight

Professional sport in New Zealand may welcome followers again to stadiums as early as subsequent week with the federal government set to determine whether or not to elevate all social distancing restrictions imposed to due the COVID-19 pandemic.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will determine on Monday whether or not the nation is able to convey its alert system right down to stage 1, which might elevate limits on mass gatherings that had been imposed to curb the unfold of the novel coronavirus.

That would open the door for followers to attend the opening spherical matches of New Zealand’s “Super Rugby Aotearoa” match beginning on June 13. 

NZ rugby gamers return to coaching below strict well being measures (02:13)

07:30 GMT – Myanmar court docket denies bail to Canadian preacher who defied virus ban

A Myanmar court docket has denied bail to a Canadian Christian preacher who held church providers in defiance of a ban on gatherings to forestall the unfold of the coronavirus that led to infections in dozens of individuals together with himself.

David Lah, a Canadian of Burmese origin, and one other man, Myanmar nationwide Wai Tun, are going through as much as three years in jail below a catastrophe administration legislation over church providers held within the metropolis of Yangon in early April.


Canadian Christian pastor David Lah, centre, is escorted for his trial at Mayangone Township Court in Yangon [Sai Aung Main/AFP]

07:15 GMT – Lufthansa stories web lack of $2.3bn

German airline large Lufthansa has mentioned it should endure “far-reaching” restructuring because it posted a first-quarter web lack of 2.1 billion euros ($2.3bn), hammered by the coronavirus pandemic.

“Global air visitors has come to a digital standstill in latest months. This has impacted our quarterly outcomes to an unprecedented extent.

“In view of the very slow recovery in demand, we must now take far-reaching restructuring measures to counteract this,” Chief Executive Carsten Spohr mentioned in a press release.

The spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Germany

Lufthansa has promised to step up restructuring measures after posting a first-quarter web lack of 2.1 billion euros [File: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters]

07:00 GMT – Italy reopens to vacationers from Europe

Italy has reopened to travellers from Europe, three months after the nation went into coronavirus lockdown, with all hopes pinned on reviving the important thing tourism business because the summer season season begins.

Italy was the primary European nation to be hit laborious by the coronavirus and has formally reported greater than 33,000 deaths. It imposed an economically crippling lockdown in early March and has since seen its contagion numbers drop off dramatically.

Shops, cafes reopen as Italy lifts coronavirus restrictions (3:01)

06:45 GMT – Study exhibits coronavirus antibodies in 5.5 p.c of Dutch blood donors

A research of Dutch blood donors has discovered that about 5.5 p.c of them have developed antibodies towards the brand new coronavirus, blood donation agency Sanquin revealed.

The research, carried out amongst 7,000 donors between May 10 and 20, offers a sign of what share of the Dutch inhabitants might have already had the illness.

The same research in April confirmed antibodies in 3 p.c of Dutch blood donors.

06:30 GMT – Pakistan provincial minister dies from coronavirus

Ghulam Murtaza Baloch, the Sindh provincial minister for human settlement in Pakistan, has died after  contracting the novel coronavirus.

Cases within the South Asian nation have been spiking as the federal government has lifted restrictions on public gatherings and companies.

On Tuesday, the nation noticed its highest single-day spike in instances for the second consecutive day, with 4,065 new instances taking the nation’s tally to 80,463. 

Hundreds of Pakistan youngsters below 10 in Sindh with COVID-19 (2:22)

06:15 GMT – India’s coronavirus instances cross 200,000 

India’s coronavirus infections have crossed 200,000, the well being ministry mentioned, and a peak may nonetheless be weeks away on the earth’s second-most populous nation.

Cases jumped by 8,909 over the day before today in one of many highest single-day spikes, taking the tally to 207,615. Six different nations, from the United States to the United Kingdom and Brazil, have the next caseload.


Hi, that is Elizabeth Melimopoulos in Doha taking up the reside updates from my colleague Kate Mayberry in Kuala Lumpur.

05:30 GMT

I’ll be handing over the weblog to my colleagues in Doha shortly. Before I’m going, a fast recap of what occurred over the previous few hours. Brazil has reported a report variety of coronavirus deaths for a single day; general, it has the fourth-highest variety of deaths on the earth with little signal the outbreak is easing.

There have additionally been a few attention-grabbing developments in scientific research – The Lancet is conducting an audit of the supporting information in a latest research on the controversial drug hydroxychloroquine, whereas scientists whose funding was pulled by the US have printed the preliminary findings on bats and coronaviruses.

And in at the moment’s “positive” information, it seems like New Zealand may elevate the final of its coronavirus restrictions as early as subsequent week. That means a return to regular life though New Zealanders nonetheless won’t be able to journey abroad as a result of borders will stay closed.

05:10 GMT – Recession alert: Australian financial system shrank within the first quarter

Australia’s financial system shrank within the first three months of 2020, setting the nation up for its first technical recession in 30 years.

Official information exhibits the financial system contracted 0.3 p.c within the three months ended March 31, in contrast with the final three months of 2019, the primary decline in 9 years.

Read extra on that story from our AJ Impact workforce here.

Australia economy

Australia could possibly be going through its first recession in 30 years because of the coronavirus [File: Loren Elliott/Reuters] 

04:20 GMT – Mumbai braces for cyclone as coronavirus instances high 200,000

At least 100,000 folks, together with coronavirus sufferers, have been moved out of the trail of Cyclone Nisarga, which is threatening India’s west coast and town of Mumbai.

The cyclone is anticipated to make landfall on Wednesday afternoon, simply south of Mumbai, which has not been hit by a cyclone in 70 years.

The Health Ministry mentioned the variety of coronavirus instances within the nation has exceeded 200,000 with an increase of 8,909 instances in a single day.

“We are very far away from the peak,” mentioned Dr Nivedita Gupta of the Indian Council of Medical Research.

03:55 GMT – New Zealand may return to ‘regular life’ subsequent week

People in New Zealand may return to “normal life” as early as subsequent week with the top of social distancing measures.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she’s going to determine on Monday whether or not to cut back the nation’s alert stage to at least one, greater than two months after she imposed a strict, stage 4, lockdown. The choice will rely on whether or not more moderen relaxations have led to a rise in coronavirus instances. 

Even if the nation does transfer to stage one, it has no plans to reopen its borders. New Zealand has reported just one lively case of coronavirus and no dying for 12 days.

03:10 GMT – South Korea approves import of remdesivir

South Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety has permitted a well being ministry request to import the anti-viral drug remdesivir to deal with COVID-19.

02:50 GMT – Comprehensive research of bat viruses houses in on Rhinolophus

The Science journal says a bunch of scientists engaged on bat viruses have printed probably the most complete evaluation of such viruses ever accomplished, singling out one genus – Rhinolophus (Chinese horseshoe bats) – as essential to the evolution of SARS-related coronaviruses.

The analysis examines the partial genetic sequences of 781 coronaviruses present in bats in China, and whereas it couldn’t pinpoint the origin of SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, co-author Peter Daszak mentioned it discovered Rhinoloplus was a “major reservoir” of SARS-related coronaviruses.

Daszak is the president of EcoHealth Alliance, whose analysis grant to review the bats with colleagues in China was pulled by the US National Institutes of Health final month.

A preprint of the research was posted to bioRxiv.

02:00 GMT – UK says traveller quarantine essential to cease second wave

The UK authorities says the 14-day traveller quarantine it plans to introduce on June 8 is essential to cease a second wave of coronavirus hitting the nation.

Home Minister Priti Patel and Transport Minister Grant Shapps outlined the plan – regardless of criticism from airways, enterprise teams and a few members of their very own get together – in an article printed within the Daily Telegraph late on Tuesday.

The ministers mentioned travellers could be required to supply journey particulars and call data, and there could be spot checks and fines to make sure compliance. 

The quarantine will apply to all worldwide arrivals, together with residents. The UK has probably the most deaths on the earth from coronavirus, after the United States.

UK heathrow arrivals

International arrivals at London’s Heathrow Airport final month; from June 8, all travellers from abroad, together with British residents, must full a 14-day quarantine [Toby Melville/Reuters] 

01:25 GMT – Malaysia locks down housing property close to Kuala Lumpur airport

Malaysia has imposed a “semi-enhanced” lockdown in two housing estates close to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), in accordance with Malaysiakini.

The two housing areas are surrounded by razor wire, and native well being authorities will display all residents for COVID-19 by Friday.

Malaysiakini mentioned the transfer was believed to be linked to a cluster of 28 coronavirus instances amongst cleaners working at KLIA.

01:05 GMT – Bolivia feels coronavirus pressure as instances exceed 10,000

Authorities in Bolivia are making door-to-door checks in areas with extreme coronavirus outbreaks to try to stem the unfold.

The landlocked nation registered its first instances on March 10, and until May 21 had reached 5,000 instances. That quantity has since doubled, authorities information exhibits.

More on that story here.

00:00 GMT – Brazil units one other every day report for coronavirus deaths

Some 1,262 folks in Brazil died from coronavirus within the 24 hours to Tuesday night, the nation’s Health Ministry mentioned.

It is one other every day report for the South American nation the place the outbreak exhibits no signal of slowing down.

Brazil additionally confirmed 28,936 extra infections, bringing the entire instances to 555,383. A complete of 31,199 folks in Brazil have died from coronavirus.

COVID-19 started within the nation’s rich neighbourhoods and huge cities the place there have been hyperlinks with worldwide travellers, however it’s now making its approach to poorer and extra remoted areas to devastating impact. You can learn extra on that here.

Brazil Hospital

A affected person being handled for coronavirus within the ICU of a discipline hospital in Guarulhos, Sao Paulo state, Brazil [Amanda Perobelli/Reuters]

23:30 GMT (June 2) – The Lancet raises new questions on hydroxychloroquine research

The Lancet has commissioned an unbiased audit of the info behind a research it printed final month that discovered hydroxychloroquine elevated the danger of dying in COVID-19 sufferers.

The May 22 research was primarily based on information supplied by healthcare analytics agency Surgisphere and never a standard scientific trial that might have in contrast hydroxychloroquine to a placebo or different drugs.

The editors of the British medical journal mentioned critical scientific questions had been dropped at their consideration.

Several scientific trials into the usage of the drug, together with one by the WHO, had been suspended after the paper was printed. Hydroxychloroquine is normally prescribed for diseases reminiscent of malaria or lupus, however has been trumpeted as a COVID-19 remedy by US President Donald Trump and different right-wing leaders.


A gaggle of artists pay tribute to the victims of the coronavirus in Brasilia on June 1 [Joedson Alves/EPA]


Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s persevering with protection of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Kate Mayberry in Kuala Lumpur.

Read all of the updates from yesterday (June 1) here.

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