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Coronavirus: latest global developments

PARIS, June 4, 2020 (BSS/AFP) – Here are the latest developments in
the coronavirus crisis.

– Iran cases surge –

Iran announces 3,574 new infections, its highest daily count since
the outbreak began. For the fourth straight day the daily caseload in
the country tops 3,000.

– In Mexico, Brazil too –

In virus hotspot Latin America, Mexico announces more than 1,000
deaths in a day for the first time and Brazil, the worst-hit country
in the region, reports a record 1,349 daily deaths.

– Nearly 386,000 deaths –

The pandemic has killed at least 385,869 people worldwide since it
surfaced in China late last year, according to an AFP tally at 1100
GMT on Thursday, based on official sources.

There have been 6,522,057 cases registered in 196 countries and territories.

The United States is the worst-hit country with 107,175 deaths,
followed by Britain with 39,728, Italy with 33,601, Brazil with 32,548
and France with 29,021 fatalities.

– Global vaccine alliance –

Britain hosts a major virtual meeting with more than 50 countries as
well as powerful individuals such as Bill Gates taking part, to raise
money for Gavi, the global vaccine alliance.

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, speaking in a
video message, backs the development of “a people’s vaccine” that is
available to everyone.

– China opens skies –

Beijing says foreign airlines blocked from operating in the country
will be allowed to resume limited flights, apparently easing a row
with Washington following US plans to ban Chinese carriers.

– Easing border controls –

Austria scraps entry checks at its frontiers except with Italy.

Spain says it will reopen land borders with France and Portugal on June 22.

– Curfews –

Authorities impose curfews across a swathe of territory in the
Brazilian state of Bahia in a bid to slow the spread of the virus in
the country’s hard-hit northeast.

Senegal meanwhile says it will ease its curfew and lift restrictions
on inter-city travel following two nights of protests marked by
violence and more than 200 arrests.

– No Bastille Day parade –

France announces it will cancel its traditional July 14 military
parade this year due to social distancing requirements, replacing it
with a ceremony to pay tribute to medical personnel at the forefront
of the pandemic battle.

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