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  • Mosques have been reopened for daily prayers in the Gaza Strip. The besieged enclave registered 61 confirmed cases of infection and one death during the health crisis.

  • Sweden's leading epidemiologist, Anders Tegnell, said there is room for improvement in the country's controversial softer approach to curbing the spread of the new coronavirus.

  • More than 6.4 million coronavirus cases have been confirmed worldwide, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. More than 381,000 people died, including 106,000 in the United States. More than 2.7 million have recovered from the disease.

Here are the most recent updates:

Wednesday, June 3

20:50 GMT – Germany approves 130 billion euro coronavirus stimulus package

Chancellor Angela Merkel said her conservatives and her social-democratic coalition partners had agreed to a € 130 billion stimulus package aimed at accelerating Germany's economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.


Coalition partners have resolved differences in incentives to buy new cars and help for heavily indebted municipalities, paving the way for a tax program substantially larger than similar packages from Germany's eurozone partners.

20:30 GMT – Democrats' attempt to immediately approve the small Senate coronavirus law shutdown in the U.S. Senate

US Republican Senator Ron Johnson on Wednesday halted an attempt by Democrats to immediately approve a bill that gives small businesses more flexibility in using new federal loans during the coronavirus pandemic.


Johnson said the legislation, which was passed mostly by the House of Representatives on May 28, could be passed on Wednesday or Thursday, pending negotiations behind closed doors.

19:35 GMT – UK business minister tested after feeling bad: BBC

British business minister Alok Sharma has been tested to detect coronavirus and is isolating himself after feeling bad in parliament, the BBC said, citing a spokesman.

The lower house of the British parliament reopened lawmakers on Tuesday after the government ended measures that allowed them to vote remotely, forcing them to stand in long lines to vote for replacement measures.

19:25 GMT – WHO to resume hydroxychloroquine trial in battle with COVID-19

The WHO will resume its hydroxychloroquine test for potential use against the coronavirus, his boss said, after those responsible for the study briefly stopped delivering it to new patients for health reasons.


The UN agency last month stopped part of its extensive study of treatments against COVID-19, in which newly enrolled patients were receiving the antimalarial drug to treat COVID-19 due to fear of increasing mortality and heart rate. irregular heartbeats.


But WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that his experts advised the continuation of all trials, including hydroxychloroquine, whose most prominent sponsor for use against the coronavirus is U.S. President Donald Trump.

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19:05 GMT – Trump administration selects five vaccine candidates as finalists: report

The Trump administration selected five companies, including Moderna Inc, AstraZeneca Plc and Pfizer Inc, as the most likely candidates to produce a vaccine for the new coronavirus, according to the New York Times. reported, citing senior officials.

The other two companies are Johnson & Johnson and Merck & Co Inc, according to the newspaper. The selected companies will have access to additional government funds, help with the execution of clinical trials and financial and logistical support, the newspaper reported.

There is no approved vaccine for COVID-19 caused by the new coronavirus, and drug manufacturers and research organizations are rushing to develop a vaccine.

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

18:40 GMT – Turkey does not plan to keep the weekend at home

Turkey's Health Minister said his team would not recommend extending a home stay request over the weekend almost two months after the imposition, as the government continues to facilitate coronavirus containment measures.

Turkey has taken a series of measures against the outbreak since April 11, including weekend blockades, closing stores and restaurants, long-distance travel restrictions and more.

Speaking after a meeting with his scientific coronavirus team, Koca said the blocking rule, which will expire on June 6, could be reimposed in certain provinces, depending on the rate of infection.

18:12 GMT – Death toll in France exceeds 29,000

The death toll in France increased by 81 or 0.3 percent to 29,021, which is the fifth highest death toll in the world.

The rate of increase decreased from Tuesday, when deaths rose 0.4%, and the number of hospitalized people continued their long-term decline, the Ministry of Health said in a statement.

18:05 GMT – Dutch study: children are not great promoters

A study by the National Institute of Health in the Netherlands (RIVM) concluded that children under 12 play little role in the transmission of the new coronavirus.

The study by the country's leading medical journal, Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde, followed the progress of the disease in 54 families, including a total of 227 people.

Studies in other countries have previously found that children are less infected with the virus and, once infected, less often become seriously ill.

"Yes, children can be infected, but transmission occurs mainly between adults of similar age and from adults to children," said the study in its conclusion.

17:46 GMT – Mexico's death toll could exceed 30,000: Deputy Minister of Health

The death toll in Mexico could reach 30,000, a senior health official said in an interview with a newspaper, while suggesting that the deaths could be even greater if measures of social distance are relaxed too quickly.

With 10,637 deaths recorded so far, Mexico has the seventh highest number of coronavirus deaths in the world.

Hugo Lopez-Gatell, an epidemiologist, said the pandemic "has not yet been tamed, either in Mexico or the world" and urged local governments and citizens to stay away.

"It's an interval between 6,000 and 30,000, averaging 12,500," Lopez-Gatell told the newspaper El Universal in an interview, warning that the death toll would not last if local governments opened bars or businesses too quickly.

Mexico begins to reopen from blockade amid growing infections

17:43 GMT – Spain extends emergency until June 21

Spanish lawmakers voted to extend the state of emergency to June 21.

It is the sixth time that the measure is renewed, which means that the restrictions will remain in force, although they have been relaxed since the beginning of the blockade in mid-March.

17:28 GMT – Qatar announces easing of coronavirus restrictions

From June 4, people can exercise outdoors without wearing a mask and up to four people can be in the same vehicle.

Read More on here.

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

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

17:16 GMT – Johnson, UK, asks EU workers to return but leave quarantine

EU workers who left Britain while the blockade closed much of the economy are expected to return, but must be quarantined like other travelers, said British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

"What would you say to our Italian friends, Italians who live and work in the UK who now want to go back, I say, go back," Johnson said at a daily news conference in response to an Italian journalist who asked about the impact of the quarantine plans in EU workers.

"You have to quarantine … but we want you back."

17:13 GMT – Italy will receive 20 billion euros from the EU employment insurance plan

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said Italy will receive about 20 billion euros ($ 22.47 billion) from a new European scheme to mitigate the impact on jobs caused by the epidemic.

Conte added at a news conference that Italy would also benefit from the funds made available by the European Investment Bank, as part of a broader EU package designed to boost the bloc's economic recovery.


16:12 GMT – Italy registers 71 more deaths, 321 new cases

Coronavirus-related deaths in Italy increased 71, compared with 55 the day before, the Civil Protection Agency said, while the daily count of new cases was virtually stable at 321 against 318 on Tuesday.

The total death toll since the outbreak on February 21 is now 33,601, according to the agency, the third largest in the world, after the United States and the United Kingdom.

There are 233,836 confirmed cases, the sixth largest worldwide record behind the USA, Brazil, Russia, Spain and the United Kingdom.

15:55 GMT – Afghanistan testing only 20% of suspected cases

Afghanistan is testing only about 20% of its daily suspected coronavirus cases, officials and experts said, as infections exceeded 17,000 on Wednesday.

"The health ministry is really concerned about the spread of the virus," Deputy Health Minister Waheed Majroh told reporters.

"Unfortunately, the number of cases across the country is more than we register daily. We have the capacity to carry out up to 2,000 tests per day, but the demand is much greater".

15:44 GMT – UK doctors test ibuprofen on patients with breathing difficulties

UK doctors are testing an anti-inflammatory ibuprofen formulation to see if it reduces respiratory failure in patients with severe symptoms of COVID-19.

The study involves a specific formulation of ibuprofen, which the researchers said was shown to be more effective than standard ibuprofen in treating severe acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), a complication of COVID-19.

The formulation is already licensed for use in the UK for other conditions.

15:36 GMT – Spain registers COVID-19's first death since Sunday, totaling 27,128

Spain recorded its first coronavirus death since Sunday, according to data from the Ministry of Health, bringing the total number of deaths in the country to 27,128.

The confirmed cases of COVID-19 increased 219 over the previous day to 240,326, according to the ministry.

Blocking lessons: cities to share experiences with COVID-19

15:17 GMT – UK death toll rises from 359 to 39,728

The number of coronavirus deaths in the UK has increased from 359 to 39,728, the government said.

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

The number of coronavirus deaths in Canada rose to 7,414, from 7,344 the previous day, according to official data.

14:56 GMT – Belgium to reopen business on June 8 and borders on June 15

Belgium will allow almost all companies to reopen on June 8, including cafes and bars, after being blocked to fight the coronavirus, the country's prime minister said, although measures of social distance remain.

Belgium will reopen its borders on 15 June. However, cultural activities will continue without an audience until July 1, when cinemas and other cultural spaces will be able to open with a maximum of 200 people, Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes said at a news conference.

14:54 GMT

Hi, I'm Mersiha Gadzo in Doha, taking on live updates from my colleague Elizabeth Melimopoulos.

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

Deaths from the coronavirus pandemic in Saudi Arabia increased by 30, the Ministry of Health reported, while registering 2,171 new infections.

The total death toll is 579, with 91,182 confirmed cases.

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

The United Nations chief of rights, Michelle Bachelet, warned that China and other Asian countries are using the coronavirus crisis as an excuse to suppress freedom of expression and reinforce censorship.

The UN human rights office said it had received information on "more than a dozen cases of medical professionals, academics and ordinary citizens who appear to have been detained and, in some cases, accused of publishing their views or other information. on the situation related to COVID. -19 ", or for criticizing the government's response to the crisis.

12:10 GMT – Japanese sportsmen test positive for COVID-19

Two Japanese baseball players and a J League striker tested positive for the new coronavirus, their clubs announced, in a major blow to professional sport trying to start over in the country.

The soccer team Nagoya Grampus announced that striker Mu Kanazaki tested positive for the virus, less than a week after the J League announced plans to restart the campaign on July 4, although there are no fans at the stadiums, and the number of clubs that returned to full training.

Later on Wednesday, Tokyo's Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) team, Yomiuri Giants, announced that two players, drummer Hayato Sakamoto and catcher Takumi Oshiro, were also positive.


11:55 GMT – British Prime Minister Johnson says quarantine is vital to prevent reinfection by COVID-19

The quarantine measures that the UK plans to introduce for almost all international travelers as of June 8 are vital to ensure that the country's COVID-19 infection rate does not increase again, said Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Asked by a parliamentarian in Parliament why the UK was introducing measures now, just as many other countries are lifting quarantine rules, Johnson said: "As we lower the infection rate, with the efforts we are making as a country , it is vital that we avoid reinfection ".

British scientists warn against canceling blockade too soon (2:19)

11:30 GMT – Mosques and daycare centers reopen in Gaza

Mosques were reopened for daily prayers and the children returned to nursery schools to ease restrictions on coronavirus in the Gaza Strip.

The enclave, whose borders are tightly controlled by Israel and Egypt, recorded 61 confirmed cases of infection, all in quarantine facilities and one death during the health crisis.

Two million Palestinians live in Gaza.


11:15 GMT – Novavax signs partnership with pharmaceutical contractor to manufacture vaccines

The American biotechnology company Novavax Inc signed an agreement with the pharmaceutical AGC Biologics to manufacture its experimental vaccine COVID-19.

An additional component of the Novavax vaccine that can help improve the immune response against the coronavirus would be manufactured by AGC Biologics, said the contracted pharmacist.

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

11:00 GMT – Spain seeks to open some foreign tourism from June 22

Spain is working to gradually open up to tourists from countries considered safer in the fight against COVID-19 starting on June 22, said a spokesman for the Ministry of Tourism.

Madrid had already set July 1 as the date to reopen its borders to tourism, which represents about 12% of the country's economy, after a period of standstill for months due to the pandemic.

Separately, Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya tweeted that Germany would take a recommendation to its nationals to avoid traveling to Spain as soon as the country lifted travel restrictions abroad.

Translation: "I spoke with @HikoikoMaas, German Foreign Minister, [and] we agree that as soon as Spain allows tourists to enter the country, #Germany will raise the recommendation not to travel to Spain, "wrote Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya on Twitter.

10:45 GMT – EU classifies coronavirus as a medium-level threat to workers

The European Commission has decided to classify the new coronavirus as a medium-level threat to workers, a measure that allows EU employers to apply less stringent safety measures in the workplace than if the virus were considered to be high risk.

The decision can have broad economic and health implications, as it can have an impact on company costs by completely restarting commercial activity and worker safety.

According to EU rules, the new coronavirus has been classified as a level 3 risk on a four-level risk list, where level 4 is the highest.

Parts of Europe make it easier to contain coronavirus as new infections fall

10:30 GMT – Austria to dismantle controls at all land borders except Italy

Austria is lifting everything border restrictions related to the coronavirus, including quarantines for newcomers from all neighboring countries except Italy as of Thursday, said Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg.

"We will raise all the border and health tests related to coronavirus in seven neighboring countries – Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic and Hungary.

"We are returning to the pre-crown situation in relation to these countries," he said at a news conference.

10:15 GMT – Putin denies UK invitation to coronavirus dome: Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin does not plan to participate in an online summit on a possible cThe oronavirus vaccine is being organized by the British government this week, said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

Putin received an invitation to attend British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's summit last week, the Kremlin said.

Scheduled to take place on June 4, the Global Vaccine Summit 2020 was designed to mobilize the necessary resources to ensure universal availability of the vaccine against the new coronavirus.

Russian President Putin gives a televised speech to the country about the outbreak of coronavirus disease outside Moscow

Russian President Putin received an invitation to attend British Prime Minister Johnson's summit last week [File: Reuters]

10:00 GMT – Sweden should have done more to fight coronavirus, says chief of health

Sweden should have done more to fight the coronavirus and prevent a much higher national COVID-19 death rate than in neighboring countries, said the man behind the Public Health Agency's pandemic strategy.

Nearly 4,500 Swedes died in the outbreak, a higher death rate than in Denmark, Norway and Finland, and criticism has grown over the government's decision not to impose blocking measures as strictly as elsewhere in Europe.

"If we find the same disease, knowing exactly what we know today, I think we will end up doing something between what Sweden did and what the rest of the world did," Anders Tegnell, chief epidemiologist at the Public Health Agency, said

"Yes, I think we could have done better at what we did in Sweden, clearly."

Anders Tegnell

So far, Sweden has registered 38,589 confirmed cases and 4,468 deaths, a much higher number than neighboring countries and described by Tegnell as "absolutely" very high [File: Reuters]

09:30 GMT – Germany suspends travel ban to EU countries, Schengen and UK

Germany will lift a travel ban for European Union member countries, together with the United Kingdom, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland, as of June 15, as long as there are no entry bans or large-scale blockages in these countries , said the Foreign Minister.

Speaking to reporters, Heiko Maas said that all countries involved met these criteria, except Norway, due to the entry ban, and Spain, where he said parliament is deciding whether to extend the entry ban.

09:00 GMT – US Embassy denies offer from UAE to test COVID-19 team: FT

The United Arab Emirates (United Arab Emirates) offered the US embassy hundreds of tests to examine embassy officials, but the gesture was "politely refused" due to privacy concerns, the Financial Times reported.

According to a US official, the offer raised a "red flag" due to the involvement of Chinese companies and technology.

The UAE test facility was opened in late March by a joint venture between Chinese genomics company BGI and the artificial intelligence group G42, which has ties to the ruling Abu Dhabi family.

Tests in the United Arab Emirates

A doctor, wearing a protective mask and disposable gloves, performs swab tests in Abu Dhabi [File: Getty Images]

08:45 GMT – Air Arabia laid off more employees due to the impact of COVID-19

Air Arabia, the only airline listed in the United Arab Emirates, made further job cuts due to the commercial impact of COVID-19, a spokesman said.

The Sharjah-based airline, which has about 2,000 employees, did not say how many employees were affected. It laid off 57 employees in May.

The latest job cuts were a "last resort" after the airline took a series of steps in the past few months to protect jobs, the spokesman said without elaborating.

08:30 GMT – Coronavirus increases German unemployment

The coronavirus pandemic contributed to another increase in unemployment in Germany in May.

Some 169,000 people were included in the list of unemployed between April and May, with the total number of unemployed now at 2.8 million, according to official data.


Germany's unemployment rate jumped from 5.8% in the previous month to 6.3% [Getty Images]

08:15 GMT – Coronavirus case count in Russia exceeds 430,000

Russia recorded 8,536 new cases of the new coronavirus, bringing its national count to 432,277, the third highest in the world.

The death toll reached 5,215 after authorities said they had registered another 178 deaths from the virus the day before.


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

08:00 GMT – Kyrgyzstan will resume domestic flights and allow Chinese charter flights

Kyrgyzstan will resume domestic flights and bus service between its provinces and allow China's charter flights this month to bring in employees for several Chinese investment projects, the government said in Bishkek.

Kyrgyzstan will also resume domestic flights and public transport between its provinces as of June 5.

Chinese company workers will be tested for new coronaviruses before and after flights, said Deputy Prime Minister Erkin Asrandiyev.


Neighboring China is the largest foreign investor in the Central Asian country [AFP]

07:45 GMT – New Zealand sport ready to root for the end of COVID-19 brakes in sight

Professional sport in New Zealand could welcome fans back to the stadiums as early as next week, with the government deciding whether to lift all social distance restrictions imposed on the COVID-19 pandemic.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will decide on Monday whether the country is ready to lower its alert system to level 1, which would raise the bar for the mass meetings that have been imposed to contain the spread of the new coronavirus.

This would open the door for fans to participate in the opening round matches of New Zealand's "Super Rugby Aotearoa" tournament starting June 13.

New Zealand rugby players return to training under strict health measures (02:13)

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

A Myanmar court denied bail to a Canadian Christian preacher who maintained church services, challenging the ban on meetings to prevent the spread of the coronavirus that led to infections in dozens of people, including himself.

David Lah, a Canadian of Burmese origin, and another man, the Myanmar national Wai Tun, are sentenced to up to three years in prison under a disaster management law for religious services conducted in the city of Yangon in early April.


Canadian Christian pastor David Lah, in the center, is escorted to his trial at the Mayangone District Court in Yangon [Sai Aung Main/AFP]

07:15 GMT – Lufthansa reports net loss of $ 2.3 billion

German airline giant Lufthansa said it will undergo a "wide-ranging" restructuring as it posted a net loss in the first quarter of 2.1 billion euros ($ 2.3 billion), hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

"Global air traffic has reached a virtual stalemate in recent months. This has impacted our quarterly results to an unprecedented extent.

"In view of the very slow recovery in demand, we now need to take far-reaching restructuring measures to combat this," said the company's chief executive, Carsten Spohr, in a statement.

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

Lufthansa promised to step up restructuring measures after posting a net loss in the first quarter of 2.1 billion euros [File: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters]

07:00 GMT – Italy reopens to tourists from Europe

Italy reopened for travelers from Europe, three months after the country entered confinement with coronavirus, with all hopes of reviving the essential tourism industry early in the summer season.

Italy was the first European country to be hit hard by the coronavirus and officially registered more than 33,000 deaths. He imposed an economically disabling blockade in early March and has since seen his number of contagions drop dramatically.

Shops and cafes reopen as Italy lift restrictions on coronaviruses (3:01)

06:45 GMT – Study shows antibodies to coronavirus in 5.5% of Dutch blood donors

A study of Dutch blood donors found that about 5.5% of them developed antibodies against the new coronavirus, the blood donation company Sanquin said.

The study, carried out among 7,000 donors between May 10 and 20, gives an indication of what percentage of the Dutch population may already have the disease.

A similar study in April showed antibodies in 3% of Dutch blood donors.

06:30 GMT – Pakistani provincial minister dies of coronavirus

Ghulam Murtaza Baloch, Sindh's provincial minister of human settlements in Pakistan, died after contracting the new coronavirus.

Cases in the South Asian country are on the rise, as the government has lifted restrictions on public meetings and companies.

On Tuesday, the country recorded the highest one-day peak in cases for the second consecutive day, with 4,065 new cases, bringing the country's count to 80,463.

Hundreds of Pakistani children under 10 in Sindh with COVID-19 (2:22)

06:15 GMT – Coronavirus cases in India exceed 200,000

Coronavirus infections in India have exceeded 200,000, according to the Ministry of Health, and a peak may still take weeks in the second most populous country in the world.

Cases increased 8,909 over the previous day at one of the highest peaks in a single day, bringing the count to 207,615. Six other nations, from the United States to the United Kingdom and Brazil, have a higher number of cases.


Hi this is Elizabeth Melimopoulos in Doha, taking over my colleague's live updates Kate Mayberry in Kuala Lumpur.

05:30 GMT

Soon, I will deliver the blog to my colleagues in Doha. Before leaving, a quick recap of what happened in the last few hours. Brazil recorded a record number of deaths from coronavirus in a single day; Overall, it has the fourth highest number of deaths in the world, with little sign that the outbreak is subsiding.

There have also been some interesting developments in scientific studies – Lancet is conducting an audit of supporting data in a recent study on the controversial hydroxychloroquine drug, while scientists whose funding was pulled by the U.S. published preliminary findings on bats and coronaviruses.

And in today's "positive" news, it appears that New Zealand may lift the latest coronavirus restrictions as early as next week. This means a return to normal life, although New Zealanders are still unable to travel abroad because the borders will remain closed.

05:10 GMT – Recession alert: Australian economy shrank in the first quarter

Australia's economy shrank in the first three months of 2020, preparing the country for its first technical recession in 30 years.

Official data show that the economy contracted 0.3% in the three months ended March 31, compared to the last three months of 2019, the first decline in nine years.

Read more about this story from our AJ Impact team on here.

Economia da Austrália

A Austrália pode estar enfrentando sua primeira recessão em 30 anos como resultado do coronavírus [File: Loren Elliott/Reuters]

04:20 GMT – Mumbai se prepara para ciclone, com casos de coronavírus no topo

Pelo menos 100.000 pessoas, incluindo pacientes com coronavírus, foram removidas do caminho do ciclone Nisarga, que está ameaçando a costa oeste da Índia e a cidade de Mumbai.

O ciclone deve atingir a terra na quarta-feira à tarde, ao sul de Mumbai, que não é atingido por um ciclone há 70 anos.

O Ministério da Saúde disse que o número de casos de coronavírus no país excedeu 200.000, com um aumento de 8.909 casos em um único dia.

"Estamos muito longe do pico", disse Nivedita Gupta, do Conselho Indiano de Pesquisa Médica.

03:55 GMT – Nova Zelândia pode voltar à 'vida normal' na próxima semana

As pessoas na Nova Zelândia poderiam voltar à "vida normal" já na próxima semana, com o fim das medidas de distanciamento social.

A primeira-ministra Jacinda Ardern disse que decidirá na segunda-feira se deve reduzir o nível de alerta do país para um, mais de dois meses depois de impor um bloqueio estrito, no nível quatro. A decisão dependerá se relaxamentos mais recentes levaram a um aumento nos casos de coronavírus.

Mesmo que o país mude para o nível um, não tem planos de reabrir suas fronteiras. A Nova Zelândia registrou apenas um caso ativo de coronavírus e nenhuma morte por 12 dias.

03:10 GMT – Coréia do Sul aprova importação de remdesivir

O Ministério da Segurança Alimentar e Medicamentos da Coréia do Sul aprovou uma solicitação do Ministério da Saúde para importar o remdesivir antiviral para tratar o COVID-19.

02:50 GMT – Estudo abrangente sobre os vírus dos morcegos em Rhinolophus

A revista Science diz que um grupo de cientistas que trabalham com vírus de morcegos publicou a análise mais abrangente de tais vírus já concluída, destacando um gênero – Rhinolophus (morcegos em ferradura chineses) – como crucial para a evolução dos coronavírus relacionados à SARS.

A pesquisa examina as seqüências genéticas parciais de 781 coronavírus encontrados em morcegos na China e, embora não tenha sido possível identificar a origem do SARS-CoV-2, que causa o COVID-19, o co-autor Peter Daszak disse que considerava o Rhinoloplus um "importante" reservatório "de coronavírus relacionados à SARS.

Daszak é o presidente da EcoHealth Alliance, cuja bolsa de pesquisa para estudar os morcegos com colegas na China foi retirada pelos Institutos Nacionais de Saúde dos EUA no mês passado.

Uma pré-impressão do estudo foi publicada no bioRxiv.

02:00 GMT – UK says traveller quarantine crucial to stop second wave

The UK government says the 14-day traveller quarantine it plans to introduce on June 8 is crucial to stop a second wave of coronavirus hitting the country.

Home Minister Priti Patel and Transport Minister Grant Shapps outlined the plan – despite criticism from airlines, business groups and some members of their own party – in an article published in the Daily Telegraph late on Tuesday.

The ministers said travellers would be required to provide travel details and contact information, and there would be spot checks and fines to ensure compliance.

The quarantine will apply to all international arrivals, including citizens. The UK has the most deaths in the world from coronavirus, after the United States.

UK heathrow arrivals

International arrivals at London's Heathrow Airport last month; from June 8, all travellers from overseas, including British citizens, will have to complete a 14-day quarantine [Toby Melville/Reuters]

01:25 GMT – Malaysia locks down housing estate near Kuala Lumpur airport

Malaysia has imposed a "semi-enhanced" lockdown in two housing estates near the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), according to Malaysiakini.

The two housing areas are surrounded by razor wire, and local health authorities will screen all residents for COVID-19 by Friday.

Malaysiakini said the move was believed to be linked to a cluster of 28 coronavirus cases among cleaners working at KLIA.

01:05 GMT – Bolivia feels coronavirus strain as cases exceed 10,000

Authorities in Bolivia are making door-to-door checks in regions with severe coronavirus outbreaks to try and stem the spread.

The landlocked country registered its first cases on March 10, and until May 21 had reached 5,000 cases. That number has since doubled, government data shows.

More on that story here.

00:00 GMT – Brazil sets another daily record for coronavirus deaths

Some 1,262 people in Brazil died from coronavirus in the 24 hours to Tuesday evening, the country's Health Ministry said.

It is another daily record for the South American country where the outbreak shows no sign of slowing down.

Brazil also confirmed 28,936 additional infections, bringing the total cases to 555,383. A total of 31,199 people in Brazil have died from coronavirus.

COVID-19 began in the country's wealthy neighbourhoods and large cities where there were links with international travellers, but it is now making its way to poorer and more isolated areas to devastating effect. You can read more on that here.

Brazil Hospital

A patient being treated for coronavirus in the ICU of a field hospital in Guarulhos, Sao Paulo state, Brazil [Amanda Perobelli/Reuters]

23:30 GMT (June 2) – The Lancet raises new questions about hydroxychloroquine study

The Lancet has commissioned an independent audit of the data behind a study it published last month that found hydroxychloroquine increased the risk of death in COVID-19 patients.

The May 22 study was based on data provided by healthcare analytics firm Surgisphere and not a traditional clinical trial that would have compared hydroxychloroquine to a placebo or other medicine.

The editors of the British medical journal said serious scientific questions had been brought to their attention.

Several clinical trials into the use of the drug, including one by the WHO, were suspended after the paper was published. Hydroxychloroquine is usually prescribed for illnesses such as malaria or lupus, but has been trumpeted as a COVID-19 treatment by US President Donald Trump and other right-wing leaders.


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


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