Spain’s Catalonia region has placed restrictions on 200,000 people amid a surge in new coronavirus cases. People in England are going to be allowed to go to pubs, restaurants or get a haircut for the primary time in additional than three months as restrictions ease.
The WHO urges countries hit by serious coronavirus outbreaks to “wake up” to the realities on the bottom rather than bickering, and to “take control” of the pandemic.
Brazil passes 1.5 million confirmed coronavirus cases, as cities reopen bars, restaurants, and gymnasiums sparking fears infections will keep rising.
Here are the newest updates.
Saturday, July 4
10:55 GMT – Ugandan dies after setting fire to himself over motorcycle impounded over COVID-19 violations
A Ugandan man has died after setting fire to himself during a police headquarters when officers allegedly demanded a bribe to release his motorcycle, which he was using as a taxi and which had been impounded over violation of coronavirus restrictions.
The case has provoked anger among Ugandans who say it reflects widespread abuse by security personnel, including beatings, detentions, and extortion that within the current climate are often disguised as the enforcement of coronavirus regulations.
10:15 GMT – Catalonia places 200,000 people under lockdown
Part of Spain’s Catalonia region is being closed off, with nobody allowed to enter or leave.
The move comes as Spain’s hospitality sector hoped to salvage what remains of the all-important summer season. Regional health ministry data showed there have been 3,706 cases within the Lleida region on Friday, up from 3,551 the previous day.
There are 62,057 confirmed cases in Catalonia since the outbreak began, with 5,673 related deaths.
09:55 GMT – Tokyo seeks travel curbs as new infections top 100 for the third day
Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike on Saturday urged residents of the Japanese capital to not travel beyond its borders as new coronavirus infections topped 100 for the 3rd day, public broadcaster NHK reported.
Tokyo confirmed 131 new cases of infections of the coronavirus, NHK said.
Cases in Tokyo have risen to a two-month high, driven by the spread of the virus within the capital’s nightspots. Of Saturday’s tally, 100 were in their 20s and 30s, Kyodo press agency said, citing Koike.
09:30 GMT – ‘Eat bent help out’, finance chief tells Britons
The British minister of finance has urged people to “eat bent help out” the economy claw its way from a historic decline sparked by the coronavirus crisis.
The comments by Chancellor Rishi Sunak were published on the day England finally reopened its beloved pubs and therefore the remainder of the hospitality sector after quite three months of lockdown.
The United Kingdom’s shutdown has been one of Europe’s longest due to a high price of 44,131 – that only trails those of us and Brazil.
08:55 GMT – England’s pubs, restaurants, and hairdressers reopen
People were finally allowed to drink a pub, have a meal during a restaurant or get a haircut for the primary time in additional than three months as England took its biggest steps yet towards the resumption of normal life.
Pubs were permitted to start out serving from 6 am, sparking worries of over-indulgence on what the media dubbed a “Super Saturday” of coronavirus restrictions being eased. Some hairdressers were reported to possess opened at the stroke of midnight.
08:25 GMT – Louvre to reopen on Monday after crippling losses
The Louvre in Paris, the world’s most visited museum and residential to the Mona Lisa, reopens on Monday but with coronavirus restrictions in situ and parts of the complex closed to visitors.
The Louvre has been closed since March 13 and this has already led “to losses of over 40 million euros”, its director Jean-Luc Martinez said.
Among quite 10 million visitors in 2018, almost three quarters were tourists.
07:54 GMT – Russia’s coronavirus cases near 675,000, price passes 10,000
Russia reported 6,632 new cases of the novel coronavirus, raising the nationwide tally of infections to 674,515. The authorities said that 168 people had died within the last 24 hours, bringing the official price to 10,027.