More U.S. areas took steps to scale back reopenings, with Arizona closing bars and New Jersey halting plans for indoor dining. Australia’s Victoria state is imposing a four-week lockdown across areas of Melbourne, Thailand extended a state of emergency and Tokyo is set to
revise how it monitors infections.
Germany’s infection rate held below the key threshold of 1.0 for a sixth day. Weekly deaths involving coronavirus in England and Wales fell to their lowest in 12 weeks and Prime Minister Boris Johnson committed to spend billions of pounds on infrastructure to rebuild the virus-ravaged U.K. economy.
A strain of flu virus
spreading in Chinese pigs has shown it can also infect humans, suggesting that another pathogen with pandemic potential waits in the wings behind Covid-19, according to a team of researchers.
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Iran Says to Start Human Trials of Covid-19 Vaccine Soon (7:47 a.m. NY)
preparing to test a homegrown Covid-19 vaccine in people, Health Minister Saeed Namaki said. “Most animal tests have been passed and we will work on clinical trials of the vaccine in humans in the very near future,” Namaki said in a statement on the ministry’s website. Iranian scientists have been developing the vaccine for four months, he said.
China Halts Meat Imports From More Plants Amid Virus Tumult (6:35 a.m. NY)
suspended meat imports from more plants as the Asian nation continues to sow confusion in global agriculture markets by suggesting a potential link between the spread of coronavirus and food.
Customs authorities suspended imports from plants in countries including Brazil, Canada and Germany, according to a notice on a departmental website. While China didn’t provide a reason for the suspension, most, if not all, of the facilities had one thing in common: Covid-19 outbreaks.
Hong Kong Sevens Canceled as Virus Thwarts Rugby’s Big Party (6:27 a.m. NY)
Hong Kong’s traders and
bankers will miss out this year on one of the city’s biggest parties: the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens, a three-day rugby tournament, has been canceled for the first time since its debut in 1976.
The event won’t take place this year “due to the ongoing and dynamic global situation with the Covid-19 pandemic, bringing the 2020 Series to an early conclusion,” the organizer World Rugby said in a statement Tuesday. The entire Sevens Series, including remaining events in Langford, London, Paris and Singapore, will be canceled.
Amazon Covid-19 Outbreak in Minnesota Was Worse Than Local County (6 a.m. NY)
cases at an Amazon.com Inc. warehouse in Minnesota last month exceeded by at least four times the infection rate of surrounding communities, according to an internal memo reviewed by Bloomberg.
In recent weeks, Amazon executives and spokespeople have said that U.S. warehouses have fared no worse, and sometimes better, than adjacent communities.
Nigeria May Reimpose Local Lockdowns (5:43 p.m. HK)
Nigeria may impose
movement restrictions in 18 municipalities that together account for 60% of all coronavirus infections in the country, Punch Newspaper reported, citing Boss Mustapha, head of the Covid-19 Presidential Task Force. The government eased a six-week lockdown of its two biggest cities — Lagos and Abuja — as well as Ogun state on May 4, but has warned since that restrictions could be reinstated if people don’t comply with public-health guidelines.
Swine Flu Infecting Humans Raises Fears of Pandemic Potential (5:38 p.m. HK)
A strain of flu virus
spreading in Chinese pigs has shown it can also infect humans, suggesting that another pathogen with pandemic potential waits in the wings behind the coronavirus.
The flu strain that jumped to humans has become predominant among pigs across China since 2016, according to a team of researchers that includes George Gao Fu, head of China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The researchers based their findings on surveillance studies conducted in 10 provinces from 2011 through 2018.
HK to Extend Public Gathering Limit of 50 Until July 16 (5:10 p.m. HK)
The government said it will
extend the public gathering limit of 50 people for another two weeks after the measure is set to expire Thursday. Capacity restrictions inside amusement centers, arcade centers, cinemas and public entertainment venues with live performances, and night clubs will be relaxed to 80% from 50% from Friday.
England & Wales Covid-19 Deaths Fall to Lowest in 12 Weeks (5:02 p.m. HK)
involving coronavirus in England and Wales fell almost 30% to 783 in the week ended June 19, the Office for National Statistics said on Tuesday. That brings weekly Covid-19 deaths to their lowest in 12 weeks.
U.K. Approves More Than 1 Million Virus Loans to Firms (4:48 p.m. HK)
number of emergency virus loans approved by the U.K. government has topped 1 million, a milestone that highlights the economic damage done by the restrictions to control the pandemic. The government has paid out almost 43 billion pounds ($53 billion) across its three lending programs, according to new figures published Tuesday.
Furloughed Workers in Germany Start to Return Full Time (4:18 p.m. HK)
Some of Germany’s
furloughed workers are beginning to return to work full time, according to a survey by the Ifo Institute. The number of people working reduced hours fell to 6.7 million in June from 7.3 million the previous month, a report published Tuesday showed. Hospitality, transport and retail were among sectors experiencing the greatest drops after reopenings and a loosening of health and safety rules allowed those businesses to see an up-tick in demand.
Myanmar Lifts Last ‘High-Risk’ Lockdown Among Yangon Townships (4:18 p.m. HK)
Myanmar lifted full lockdown
measures for Insein Township in Yangon, removing the district from the list of “high-risk areas for coronavirus,” according to a statement from the Ministry of Health and Sports. Myanmar first announced the list of high-risk areas April 18, imposing lockdown measures in 11 townships.
Thai Government Extends State of Emergency (3:34 p.m. HK)
government extended the country’s state of emergency for a third time, to July 31, even as a drop in novel coronavirus infections led officials to relax a lockdown. The step is needed as most businesses resume operations from July 1 and travel restrictions for visitors from some countries are eased, according to Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha.
Shell to Write Down Up to $22 Billion as Virus Hits Big Oil (3:10 p.m. HK)
Royal Dutch Shell Plc said it will
write down $15 billion to $22 billion in the second quarter, giving investors a wider glimpse of just how severely the coronavirus crisis hit demand. The pandemic left no part of the energy giant’s sprawling business unscathed. Oil production slowed, fuel sales fell and shipments of everything from liquefied natural gas to petrochemicals suffered.
Britons Reduce Spending and Lift Savings in Virus Crunch (2:47 p.m. HK)
responded to the coronavirus crisis by slashing spending and saving more as the economy slipped into what may be the deepest slump in at least a century. Households saved more of their disposable income in the first quarter than at any time for three years, thanks in part to the closure of all but essential stores after the country went into lockdown on March 23.
Danish Unemployment Rate Rises to Highest in Almost 8 Years (2:16 p.m. HK)
unemployment rate rose to the highest level since the end of 2012 as the coronavirus lockdown wiped out jobs across the Nordic economy.
The gross rate rose to 5.6% from 5.4% in April, Statistics Denmark said in a statement on Tuesday.
Australian State Imposes 4-Week Lockdown on Hotspot Suburbs (1:57 p.m. HK)
Australia’s second-most populous state is imposing a four-week lockdown across areas of Melbourne in an attempt to contain a spike in coronavirus infections.
From late Wednesday night, people across 10 areas will face fines if they leave their homes other than for work or school, for care or care-giving, for daily exercise, or to buy food and other essentials, state Premier Daniel Andrews told reporters.
The state has requested that all flights to Melbourne be diverted to other cities for two weeks as a precaution.
Tokyo Finds More Than 50 Cases: NTV (1:54 p.m. HK)
Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said Japan’s capital had a caseload in the “mid-50s” Tuesday, broadcaster NTV reported.
Germany’s Infection Rate Holds Steady Below Key Threshold (1:14 p.m. HK)
Germany’s coronavirus infection rate held below the key threshold of 1.0 for a sixth day, and the number of new cases remained far fewer than the level at the height of the outbreak.
The reproduction factor — or R value — edged up to 0.74 on Monday, from 0.71 the previous day, according to the latest estimate by the country’s health body, the Robert Koch Institute. This is far from the infection rates seen last week, when local outbreaks and increased testing lifted the number as high as 2.88.
Australia’s Queensland to Open Borders Except to Victoria State (12:25 p.m. HK)
Australia’s Queensland state will reopen its borders from July 10 but restrict entrance to people from Victoria due to a surge in coronavirus cases there.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said that people would be allowed to visit, but must sign a declaration at the border stating they have not visited Victoria for 14 days.
Anyone who has been to Victoria within that period will be prevented from entering unless they complete 14 days of hotel quarantine at their own expense.
Tokyo to Revise Virus Monitoring (12:02 p.m. HK)
Tokyo is set to revise how it monitors the state of coronavirus infections in the city, as daily new infections in the Japanese capital rise after a state of emergency was lifted and businesses resumed operations.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government will not reimpose restrictions on businesses based solely on numerical guidelines, according to domestic media reports citing the government. Instead, a group of experts will meet weekly to evaluate conditions, looking at multiple factors to determine if the situation is worsening, before making such a request.
Australia, China, South Korea Have New Cases (11:39 a.m. HK)
The Australian state of Victoria had 64 coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
China reported 19 cases for Monday, according to the National Health Commission. Seven of them were in Beijing. The country reported four asymptomatic cases.
South Korea confirmed 43 more cases, bringing its total to 12,800.
New Zealand Will Host APEC in 2021 Using Virtual Platforms (8:28 a.m. HK)
hosting of the APEC forum in 2021 will go ahead using virtual digital platforms rather than the usual series of conferences and high-level meetings.
While the annual APEC leaders meeting wouldn’t be held until November 2021, hosting requires thousands of people entering New Zealand from late 2020, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters said in a statement Tuesday in Wellington. The government is making the call now for planning and security purposes, he said.
Mexico Reports Lowest Daily Rise in Cases in Two Weeks (8:27 a.m. HK)
Mexico reported 3,805 new confirmed cases of Covid-19, bringing the total to 220,657, according to data released by the Health Ministry. That’s the lowest daily increase in confirmed cases since June 15.
Arizona to Close Bars, Gyms and Theaters (6:39 a.m. HK)
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey said the state will pause operations of bars, gyms, movie theaters and water parks as of 8 p.m. local time. The state is targeting reopening in 30 days.
The Arizona Department of Health Services will activate crisis standards of care Monday afternoon and tell hospitals to prepare for a surge, Director Cara Christ said.
L.A. County Warns of Overwhelming Hospitals (5:55 p.m. NY)
Los Angeles County counted its highest daily totals of new cases and people who are hospitalized due to the virus, Public Health Department Director Barbara Ferrer said at a daily briefing Monday. The seven-day average rate of positive tests has jumped to 8.4% from 4.6% in late May, the county said in a release.
The data indicate the virus is increasingly spreading through the community, not just because of increased testing, Ferrer said. Some businesses also aren’t in compliance with public-health rules, she said, urging residents to practice physical distancing and to wear masks.
“Immediate action is needed,” Ferrer said. “Otherwise we’re quickly moving toward overwhelming our health-care system.”
Last week, one in 400 people in Los Angeles County were unknowingly infected and not isolated. This week that number is now one in 140 people, said Christina Ghaly, director of L.A. County Health Services.
— With assistance by Stuart Wallace
Coronavirus Outbreak: Live Updates and News for Jun. 30, 2020 – Bloomberg