Iran marked its biggest daily jump since the coronavirus outbreak began, with 3,574 cases of coronavirus. The numbers marked the third consecutive day that the country recorded more than 3,000 new infections daily.
Turkey is expected to impose a weekend curfew in 15 cities to curb the spread of the virus.Advertisement
The number of coronavirus deaths in Brazil rose to a new daily record, with 1,473 deaths recorded at the end of Thursday. With more than 34,000 deaths, Brazil now has the third highest number in the world.
About 6.6 million coronavirus cases have been confirmed worldwide, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. More than 389,000 people died, including 108,000 in the United States. More than 2.8 million people have recovered from the disease.
Here are the most recent updates:
June 5, Friday
07:00 GMT – Czechs abandon travel restrictions for Austria, Germany and Hungary
The Czech government has agreed to fully open its borders with neighbors Austria and Germany and allow unrestricted travel to and from Hungary from noon on Friday, said Prime Minister Andrej Babis.
He opened his border with Slovakia fully.
"People who visit these countries do not need any coronavirus tests or quarantine tests," Babis said at a live television news conference.
"We want to get back to normal, but it can also be beneficial for the Czech Republic when people from those countries come and spend money here."
Foreign Minister Tomas Petricek said that all travel restrictions to and from Austria and Hungary have been removed, although travelers to Germany still need to observe Germany's current conditions to enter.
The Czechs plan to allow more than 20 European states to enter without restrictions as of June 15.
Visitors arriving from places where the epidemic is still widespread must provide a negative COVID-19 test or be quarantined upon arrival
06:52 GMT – Pakistan registered new cases
Pakistan recorded 3,985 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the number of cases in the country to 89,249, with the rate of spread of the virus in the country of South Asia increasing.
This week, the country's case count increased by 19,753, or 22%.
The restrictions remain largely lifted or ignored across the country. This week, Prime Minister Imran Khan asked citizens to return to visit tourist sites.
At least 73 people died of COVID-19 on Thursday, increasing the total number of deaths in the country since the coronavirus to 1,886. Pakistan, like other countries in South Asia, recorded a lower death rate among confirmed cases of coronavirus than in many European and North American countries, registering a death rate of 2.11%, compared with 14 , 13 in the United Kingdom, 15.33 in France and 5.79% in the United States.
05:56 GMT – Malaysia urged to end search of migrants after an outbreak & # 39; alarming & # 39; in detention centers
A leading human rights group asked the Malaysian government to end operations against undocumented migrants after health officials reported 270 cases of coronavirus in the Bukit Jalil immigration detention facility.
"Fears of immigration detention centers becoming hotbeds for the spread of COVID-19 have already materialized, with the largest number of COVID-19 cases ever recorded in a single day," said Preethi Bhardwaj, Amnesty's interim executive director. Malaysia International.
"Many lives are at risk," she said, calling for an end to the arrest of migrants, as well as actions to facilitate overcrowding in detention centers.
"Priority should be given to finding alternative accommodations that are appropriate and where detainees can socially distance themselves," she said, adding: "It is necessary to address tight cells in these detention centers, which will only encourage the spread of the disease. "
05:42 GMT – India records another record peak of a day
India recorded more than 9,800 new cases of coronavirus at another major peak in a day.
The Ministry of Health said the total number of confirmed cases reached 226,770, with 6,348 deaths, 273 of them in the last 24 hours. The overall recovery rate is about 48%.
Infections increased in rural areas after the return of hundreds of thousands of migrant workers who left the cities after the blockade in late March.
05:25 GMT – Pandemic exacerbates Mali's dire security crises
Antonio Guterres, head of the United Nations, said the coronavirus pandemic made up "the dire humanitarian and security situations" in Mali and the Sahel region in Africa.
In a report to the Security Council, obtained by the Associated Press news agency, Guterres said the deteriorating security situation "remains a serious concern for terrorist groups allied with Al Qaeda and Islamic State, which compete for control over areas of security. influence".
UN calls for coordinated efforts to contain coronavirus in Mali (2:26)
He said attacks on civilians, Malian and international forces continued in northern and central Mali, and noted that clashes between al Qaeda and Islamic State have also been reported.
The "impact of COVID-19 is exacerbating humanitarian crises" in Mali, said Guterres, where 3.5 million people suffer from "food insecurity" and 757,000 are "severely food insecure".
04:42 GMT – Mandatory masks on British buses, subways and trains
Passengers on buses, subways and trains in England will have to use facial coverings from June 15 to help protect passengers from coronavirus.
Grant Shapps, transport secretary, said the requirement was scheduled to coincide with the early reopening of non-essential stores, including department stores and electronics retailers.
He said facial coatings are a "travel condition" and failure to meet the requirement can lead to fines.
04:26 GMT – South Korea records 39 cases
South Korea reported on Friday 39 new cases of coronavirus over a 24-hour period, a continuation of an upward trend in new infections in the country.
O Korea's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention they said 34 of the additional cases were reported in the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area, where about half of South Korea's 51 million people live.
The new figures raised the country's total to 11,668 cases, with 273 deaths.
South Korea saw an increase in the number of new cases, after easing much of its rigid rules of social detachment in early May. But the number of cases has not exploded, unlike when the country reported hundreds of new cases every day in late February and early March.
03:18 GMT – Hitachi, Toshiba, Miraca, Japan, to establish common line for antigen test kits
Japanese industrial conglomerates Hitachi Ltd and Toshiba Corp, as well as Fujirebio, a subsidiary of Miraca Holdings, said they would jointly create a facility to produce antigen coronavirus test kits.
The rare partnership would help to double the production of Fujirebio's test kits to 400,000 a week, the companies said. It starts operations in December in the prefecture of Hokkaido, in the north.
Antigen tests look for proteins found inside or inside a virus. They can detect the virus quickly, but produce false negatives at a higher rate than the currently dominant polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests.
It takes about 30 minutes to get a result with Fujirebio's palm-sized antigen test kit, compared to four to six hours for a PCR test.
Alliance for vaccines raises $ 8.8 billion for global immunization plans (5:23)
03:01 GMT – Five new cases imported into China
China reported five new confirmed cases of coronavirus, all brought by Chinese citizens outside the country.
No new deaths were reported on Friday, continuing a trend that spans weeks.
China has recorded 4,634 deaths out of 83,027 cases since the virus was first detected in the city of Wuhan, in central China, late last year.
02:08 GMT – Study shows that Spain is far from having "herd immunity" to viruses
A second round of randomized tests in Spain shows that only 5.2% of the population carries antibodies against the new coronavirus.
The researchers say this means that Spain is far from having developed "herd immunity" to COVID-19 and is still vulnerable to further outbreaks.
Research with more than 64,000 people also shows that a third of infected people do not develop symptoms.
"It is a warning for public health: it is not possible to control [an outbreak] just considering those who are symptomatic, "said Marina Pollan, director of the National Epidemiology Center, on Thursday.
"With that number of asymptomatic cases, we should follow the recommendations" for personal hygiene and social distance, said Pollan.
01:58 GMT – New Zealand extends wage subsidy scheme
New Zealand said it is extending its salary subsidy scheme to help another 40,000 companies keep employees employed while recovering from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
After corporate feedback, the government decided to change the revenue drop limit required for companies to apply for a 50% wage subsidy to 40%, Finance Minister Grant Robertson said in a statement.
01:22 GMT – Death toll in Brazil rises to the third highest in the world
The number of deaths in Brazil from the new coronavirus has surpassed that of Italy and has become the third highest in the world, according to official data.
The South American country of 210 million people recorded a new record of 1,473 deaths in 24 hours, bringing its total number to 34,021, from 614,941 infections, the Ministry of Health reported.
Italy confirmed 33,689 deaths from 234,013 infections.
Experts say the number of coronavirus deaths in Latin America is underreported (2:29)
01:07 GMT – Fiji says all patients with COVID-19 have recovered
Frank Bainimarama, Fiji's prime minister, said that all coronavirus patients in the Pacific island country have now recovered.
"And even with the number of tests going up every day, it's been 45 days since we recorded our last case. Without deaths, our recovery rate is 100%," he wrote in a tweet.
Fiji registered 18 infections, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Fiji just cleaned out the last of our assets #COVID-19 patients.
And even with our test numbers going up every day, it's now been 45 days since we recorded our last case. Without deaths, our recovery rate is 100%.
Answered prayers, hard work and affirmation of science!
– Frank Bainimarama (@FijiPM) June 4, 2020
00:42 GMT – Patients with high blood pressure & # 39; twice as likely to die & # 39;
High blood pressure patients admitted to the hospital with coronavirus infections are twice as likely to die as those without the disease, according to a new study.
For patients hospitalized with the virus who stopped taking high blood pressure medications, the risk of dying again doubled, researchers reported in the European Heart Journal.
"It is important for patients with high blood pressure to realize that they are at an increased risk of dying from COVID-19," said senior author Fei Li, a cardiologist at Xijing Hospital in Xian, China.
The study also found that medications widely used to control high blood pressure can help protect against severe COVID-19, alleviating concerns that they could make coronavirus disease worse.
Femicide in Argentina: one less protest carried out despite the blockade (2:41)
00:15 GMT – Turkey imposes curfew in 15 cities
Turkey will impose a two-day curfew in 15 cities as part of efforts to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, the Interior Ministry said.
In a statement, the ministry said the blockade would be in place in Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir, Balikesir, Bursa, Eskisehir, Gaziantep, Kayseri, Kocaeli, Konya, Manisa, Sakarya, Samsun, Van and Zonguldak.
Markets, grocery stores and butchers can operate during the blockade, he added.
00:07 GMT – Argentina expands block in Buenos Aires
Argentina has extended until June 28 a mandatory blockade in the capital Buenos Aires and other areas with high cases of coronavirus, President Alberto Fernandez announced, after the country exceeded 20,000 confirmed cases earlier in the day.
Argentina's blockade, which would expire on June 7, has been in place since March 20, although authorities have relaxed restrictions in some areas of the country.
Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera's ongoing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I'm Zaheena Rasheed from Male, Maldives.
You can find all the updates from yesterday, June 4 on here.