International Update: Global Covid-19 cases pass 9 million – alarming surge to 2.3 million in US

23 June 2020 (Last Updated June 23rd, 2020 09:47)

23 June

Global: Currently, 9,079,452 confirmed cases of coronavirus have been reported, according to Johns Hopkins University. At least 471,754 people have died. The US is the world’s worst-affected country by case numbers, with more than 2.3 million cases.

The World Health Organization called on Monday for a rapid increase in production of dexamethasone, a cheap steroid which has been shown to reduce deaths in critically ill coronavirus patients.

Nearly 260 million children missed out on school in 2018 and the coronavirus pandemic has only exacerbated the problem, according to UNESCO’s 2020 Global Education Monitoring Report, which also said the pandemic was an opportunity for change and a rethinking of education systems.

French drugmaker Sanofi says it hopes to get regulatory approval for the coronavirus vaccine it is developing with Britain’s GlaxoSmithKline by the first half of next year.

US: The coronavirus death toll in the US has reached 120,340, according to the latest figures from John Hopkins University.

The Trump administration is temporarily suspending the entry of certain foreign workers to the United States to free up jobs while the economy reels from the coronavirus pandemic, despite strong opposition from many businesses.

California officials implored residents to wear face masks and keep their distance from each other, after a record number of people were hospitalised with coronavirus over the weekend.

Mexico: Mexico reported 4,577 new confirmed Covid-19 infections, bringing the country’s total to 185,122, according to its Health Ministry. Its death toll from the pandemic now stands at 22,584.

China: China reported 22 new coronavirus cases for 22 June, 13 of which were in the capital Beijing, the National Health Commission said on Tuesday.

South Africa: South Africa now has over 100,000 infections, the highest on the continent, while the number of deaths inched towards 2,000. Despite the grim death toll, data shows that the mortality rate in South Africa is at 2%, while 52.6% of virus patients have recovered.

India: India’s health ministry has said that the nationwide tally had reached 440,215 cases, including 14,011 deaths. The state of Delhi, which includes the capital of New Delhi, has reported 62,655 cases with the rate of new infections rapidly expanding in recent weeks as a nationwide lockdown has eased.

Lockdown updates

US: An alarming surge in coronavirus cases in parts of the US following eased lockdowns is raising concern that the outbreak is spiralling out of control because of Americans’ resistance to wearing masks and keeping their distance from others.

UK: British prime minister Boris Johnson will announce on Tuesday that museums, galleries and cinemas in England will be allowed to reopen from 4 July, alongside pubs, restaurants and hairdressers, in a decisive but potentially risky easing of lockdown measures in England.

South Korea: The South Korean city of Daegu is taking legal action against the Shincheonji church and its founder, claiming it hindered quarantine efforts and contributed towards mass infections of Covid-19 in February.

Denmark: As countries mull when to reopen, Denmark is seeing smaller virus outbreaks in schools, entertainment parks and nursing homes as it gradually leaves its Covid-19 lockdown.

Economic updates

Thailand: Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha said at a briefing that he’s debating whether to extend the country’s state of emergency after it expires June 30.