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Florida Cases Rise 2.7%; Beijing Locks Down Areas: Virus Update

Florida Cases Rise 2.7%; Beijing Locks Down Areas: Virus Update

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Coronavirus cases jumped from Florida to Tokyo, sparking concern about a resurgence. China canceled an economic briefing scheduled for Monday after locking down part of Beijing due to an outbreak at the capital’s largest fruit and vegetable market.

Florida Covid-19 cases rose 2.7%, higher than the previous 7-day average of 2.3%. The World Health Organization reported a record 4.5% increase in cases Saturday, with almost 40% in Latin America.

The International Monetary Fund expects to cut its forecast for the global economy this year. The U.K. will review its rule that people stay 2 meters (6 feet 7 inches) apart as stores are set to reopen Monday.

Key Developments:

Virus Tracker: Cases pass 7.8 million; deaths exceed 430,000Beijing locks down part of city after outbreak at marketCollege towns fear Covid-19 will leave them as ghost townsSun, octopus and face masks: Greece gambles on rescuing summerAsia’s densest slum has become a model for beating the virusHow a “second wave” sparks renewed pandemic fears

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Florida Cases Increasing (10:52 a.m. N.Y.)

Florida reported 75,568 Covid-19 cases on Sunday, up 2.7% from a day earlier, compared with an average increase of 2.3% in the previous seven days. Deaths among Florida residents reached 2,931, an increase of 0.2%.

U.K. Reports Fewer Deaths (10:28 a.m. N.Y.)

The U.K. reported an additional 36 deaths among those who tested positive, bringing the total to 41,698. That’s the lowest daily total since the country declared lockdown on March 23. Reported fatalities were also below 100 last weekend and climbed again to more than 200 during the week. The number of new cases rose by 1,514 compared to 1,425 on Saturday.

China New Cases Linked to Europe (9 a.m. NY)

Genome sequencing showed that the virus in the new outbreak in Beijing came from Europe, and it’s unknown exactly how it was imported, said Yang Peng, an expert at Beijing Center for Diseases Prevention and Control. Beijing identified eight more cases from midnight to 7 a.m. Sunday, city authorities said in the second briefing of the day. All the new cases are associated with the outbreak at city’s largest fruit and vegetable market.

Spain to Aid Car Industry (8:42 a.m. NY)

The Spanish government will present a 3.75 billion-euro ($4.2 billion) stimulus program for the car industry on Monday, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said. It will also present a stimulus plan for the tourism industry on June 18, he said. Both sectors have been severely hit by the pandemic, which led Spain to impose one of the world’s strictest lockdowns.

Portugal Has New Cases in Lisbon Region (8:14 a.m. NY)

Portugal reported 227 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, below 300 for a third day and taking the total to 36,690, the government said. The number of deaths, hospitalized patients and of cases in intensive care units both fell from Saturday. The additional cases are mostly in the greater Lisbon region, where authorities have increased testing after new clusters were identified.

Putin Says Russia Emerging Faster Than U.S. (7:55 a.m. NY)

President Vladimir Putin said Russia is emerging “confidently” from the coronavirus crisis, drawing a contrast with the U.S., where he suggested Donald Trump’s efforts to tackle the pandemic have been hamstrung by political bickering.

In an interview with state TV, Putin said Russia has suffered “minimal losses” from the virus and praised the government for working in a coordinated fashion “as a single team.” Russia has more than 528,000 cases, the third-highest after the U.S. and Brazil.

India Deploys Rail Cars for Virus Cases (7:46 a.m. NY)

India will use rail coaches to house people infected with Covid-19 in New Delhi because of a shortage of hospital beds. The 500 carriages will add about 8,000 beds for patients in the capital city, Federal Home Minister Amit Shah said in a tweet after a meeting of senior ministers, the New Delhi chief minister and officials. The number of tests will be doubled, he said.

Residents in New Delhi’s containment zones will be asked to download the government’s contact-tracing app, a Home Ministry spokesman said. Doctors and public health experts warn the city has yet to reach its peak of infections and numbers are expected to keep rising over the coming weeks. New Delhi may need 80,000 additional beds to manage an expected surge of more than half a million cases by the end of next month.

China Moves Data Briefing Online (6:24 a.m. NY)

China has canceled an economic briefing scheduled for Monday in Beijing as Covid-19 cases spiked in the capital city. The National Bureau of Statistics said the press conference scheduled for 10 a.m. won’t be held, but data and explanatory statements will still be released. May readings on industrial output, retail sales and fixed asset investment are due.

Iran Has Most Deaths Since April 13 (6:15 a.m. NY)

Iran’s daily number of fatalities from coronavirus surged to the highest in nine weeks with 107 deaths recorded overnight, raising the total to 8,837. The number of infections reached 187,427 as 2,472 people tested positive for the virus in the past 24 hours, up from 2,410 on Saturday.

Tokyo Finds Most New Virus Cases Since May 5 (6 a.m. NY)

Tokyo disclosed its highest daily total of new cases since May 5 at 47, local media including TV Asahi reported. Twenty seven of the cases were traced back to nightclubs and bars, said Yasutoshi Nishimura, economy and fiscal policy minister, at a press conference Sunday. Eighteen people were apparently infected at the same place on a bustling street in Shinjuku, reported Asahi Shimbun. It is yet to be determined where 16 other people contracted the virus, said Nishimura.

U.K. to Review Distancing Rule (5:13 p.m. HK)

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak backed calls to ease the U.K.’s 2-meter social distancing rule. The government is conducting a “comprehensive review” of the regulation to reduce the risk of transmitting coronavirus.

The chancellor said the fact the U.K. economy shrank 20% in April showed “the scale of the impact” the pandemic has had. He said shopping will be a “safe environment” when non-essential stores open again from Monday.

German Infections Slow (5 p.m. HK)

Germany had 41 new coronavirus cases in the 24 hours through Sunday morning, bringing the total to 187,267 according to data from Johns Hopkins University. That compares with 572 the previous day and almost 7,000 at the peak of the pandemic in late March. The number of deaths associated with the virus was 10 after 16 the previous day.

Russian Cases Climb 1.7% (4:45 p.m. HK)

Russia reports 8,835 new confirmed coronavirus infections, a 1.7% increase over the past day, according to data from the government’s virus response center. An additional 119 people died in same period, bringing the overall death toll to 6,948. Russia has the third-highest number of cases globally, after the U.S. and Brazil.

South African Scientists Seek More Focused Testing System (3:14 p.m. HK)

Scientists in South Africa, which reported its highest daily infections on Saturday, are asking the government to stop mass testing in favor of a more focused strategy.

The current process needs to be dropped in favor of testing health workers and people in hospitals, due to serious resource constraints and testing backlogs, Francois Venter, a senior member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee, told local newspaper News 24.

The country has done about 180,000 tests and reported 1,423 deaths. On Saturday it registered 3,809 new cases, bringing total infections to 65,736. Cape Town, the main tourist hub, and the surrounding Western Cape province, remains the nation’s epicenter for the pandemic, with 62% of infections.

Beijing Airport Shuttle Bus Driver Infected With Virus (2:18 p.m. HK)

A bus driver for Beijing’s civil airport shuttle bus company has been infected with the coronavirus.

The 56-year-old man visited the Xinfadi market on June 3 and felt discomfort two days later before going to a hospital that confirmed his infection, the Global Times reported citing government officials. The market, Beijing’s biggest for fruits and vegetables, was closed on Saturday after a spike of infections in the city.

IMF to Further Lower 2020 Global Economic Forecast: Georgieva (12 p.m. HK)

The IMF will probably lower its 2020 economic growth estimate from its April forecast of a 3% contraction, said Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva.

A new outlook will be released on June 24 and is expected to reflect extremely challenging conditions, Georgieva said in a speech on June 13 and posted on IMF’s website.

“We are likely to revise downward further on the basis of incoming data, which tells us that most countries are doing worse than we had projected,” she said, noting that only a small number of states are doing better, but not enough to prop up growth. “The real economy is hit hard.”

New Zealand to Spend $60 Million Boosting Labs, Pharmacies (10:30 a.m. HK)

New Zealand, which last week reported zero active cases of Covid-19, will spend NZ$92.6 million ($60 million) to improve health services and deal with any resurgence of the virus.

The spending includes NZ$37 million for testing, NZ$18 million for community pharmacies and also money for ventilators and respiratory equipment, Health Minister David Clark said in a statement Sunday.

The country has said it would remove remaining restrictions on people and businesses, other than border controls, after the last of its coronavirus patients recovered, making it one of the few countries to successfully eradicate the pathogen.

Sinovac’s Vaccine Trial Data Suggest Potential in Virus Defense (9:49 a.m. HK)

Sinovac said its shot is safe and capable of eliciting an immune response from human trials, suggesting it has potential in defending against infection of the novel coronavirus.

The Beijing-based company’s vaccine, called CoronaVac, hasn’t caused severe side effects and more than 90% of people administered with the shot on a 14-day interval have induced neutralizing antibodies two weeks after inoculation, Sinovac said in a press release on Sunday. The preliminary findings come from phase I and II trials in China.

Using a killed version of the coronavirus, Sinovac’s vaccine is among five Chinese experimental shots that have reached the crucial final stage of human testing before they can be approved for public use.

China Reports 57 New Virus Cases, Most in Beijing (8:53 a.m. HK)

China reported 57 new virus cases for June 13, the biggest spike since mid-April, with most of the infections coming in Beijing.

Imported cases accounted for 19 of the infections with 36 of the 38 local transmissions in the capital. Beijing closed the Xinfadi fruit and vegetable supply center from early Saturday and locked down 11 nearby residential sub-districts amid increased fears of a resurgence in the pandemic.

Of the more than 500 samples collected from the center, 45 people were found with Covid-19 and they had no clinical symptoms, local authorities said. The Xinfadi market has some 1,500 management personnel and more than 4,000 tenants. Beijing authorities said at least 10,000 people at Xinfadi will take a nucleic acid test, CGTN reported. The virus was detected on a chopping board used by a seller of imported salmon, according to the Global Times.

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