Tuesday, June 9
- India’s coronavirus numbers continue to climb.
- WHO says pandemic is ‘far from over’.
- UK: plan dropped for primary pupils back in school.
- UK Health Secretary hails the fall in death rate.
- Tanzania’s president declares the country is virus-free.
India’s coronavirus cases continue to climb
CNN says India reported 9,987 coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
That’s the biggest single-day jump in reported infections in the country and comes as India entered the “Unlock 1” reopening phase on Monday.
The easing of restrictions allows most economic activities to resume. But Mumbai — Maharashtra state’s capital and the worst-hit city nationwide — still has major restrictions in place.
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WHO says pandemic is ‘far from over’ as daily cases hit a record high
Japan Times says new coronavirus cases had their biggest daily increase as the pandemic worsens globally and has yet to peak in Central America, the WHO said Monday.
“More than six months into the pandemic, this is not the time for any country to take its foot off the pedal,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told an online briefing.
Read the full story on Japan Times
Coronavirus: plan dropped for all primary pupils back in school
BBC News says the plan for all primary school years in England to go back to school before the end of term is to be dropped by the government.
There had been an aim for all primary pupils to spend four weeks in school before the summer break. But it is no longer thought to be feasible and instead, schools will be given “flexibility” over whether or not to admit more pupils.
Read the full story on BBC News
Health Secretary hails fall in death rate
The Guardian says the Health Secretary Matt Hancock has claimed coronavirus is “in retreat across the country” as the number of recorded deaths among people testing positive fell to the lowest daily level since lockdown began.
A further 55 people died after contracting the virus in the UK, the lowest number since 22 March, though there is often a reporting lag over the weekend. And figures do not include all coronavirus deaths across the country.
Read the full story on The Guardian
Tanzania declares its virus free
Aljazeera says Tanzanian’s President has declared the East African country “coronavirus-free,” local media reported.
President John Magufuli attributed the claimed success over the worldwide pandemic to prayers and fasting that the people of Tanzania have offered to God.
“It gives me joy to be the leader of a country that puts God first, God loves Tanzania,” Jamvi TV in Tanzania reported.
Read the full story on Aljazeera
A quick look at the other top stories from around the world
Biden supports reform but not ‘defund the police’ movement
Aljazeera says Joe Biden and other Democrats in the United States on Monday distanced themselves from the growing chorus of progressives in their party calling for efforts to “defund” police departments in the wake of the killing of George Floyd.
France vows ‘zero tolerance’ of police racism after wave of protests
France24 says spurred into action by the global movement of protest against racism and brutality in the police, France’s government on Monday cautiously began to acknowledge and address abuses that experts say have long been obvious to anyone who cared to look.
Malawi’s president appoints new election boss
AfricaNews says Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika has appointed a new electoral commission chairperson ahead of a presidential re-run.
Missile lands in Baghdad Airport say Iraqi military
Arab News says a missile landed on the outskirts of Baghdad airport, Iraqi military said, adding that it was launched from south of the airport late on Monday.
A new global crisis is looming in East Asia
FT says from Hong Kong to Taiwan and from the South China Sea to the Indian border, the Chinese government, led by President Xi Jinping, is pursuing more aggressive policies. There is growing concern about Beijing’s behaviour, not just in Washington but in Delhi, London, Tokyo and Canberra.