International Update: Global Covid-19 cases pass 7.5 million – Brazil infections pass 800,000 – transmissions accelerating in Africa

12 June 2020 (Last Updated June 12th, 2020 10:58)

12 June

Global: There are 7,514,481 confirmed coronavirus infections worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University data. There have been 420,993 known deaths so far. The true figures for deaths and infections are likely to be significantly higher due to time delays, differing testing rates and definitions, and suspected underreporting.

Brazil: Brazil reported a total of 802,828 confirmed cases of coronavirus on Thursday, with 30,412 new infections in the last 24 hours in the world’s second worst outbreak after the United States.

Indonesia: Hundreds of children in Indonesia are believed to have died from Covid-19, giving the country one of the world’s highest rates of child deaths from the new coronavirus.

Africa: The speed the new coronavirus jumped from 100,000 to 200,000 confirmed cases in Africa shows just how quickly the pandemic is accelerating on the continent, the World Health Organization said Thursday.

India: India’s coronavirus infections rose by 10,930 to overtake the total number of recorded cases in the UK, making it the world’s fourth-worst affected nation.

UK: An unpublished United Kingdom government report said that black, asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups in the UK should be given targeted health advice in the event of a second wave of the coronavirus outbreak, according to Sky News.

China: Beijing sees first local transmission case in several weeks. A 52-year-old man who has no history of traveling outside the city or contact with anyone coming in has been diagnosed with Covid-19. He is the first local transmission case in China for several weeks.

Lockdown updates

New Zealand: New Zealand is relaxing its borders to grant exemptions for certain workers and partners of New Zealand citizens to enter the country. The relaxed rules, which will see America’s Cup sailors included, come after 21 days with no new Covid-19 cases across the country and no current live cases.

Australia: Australia’s federal government stepped up pressure on state and territory leaders on Friday to reopen internal borders, a step viewed as key to reviving the country’s coronavirus-hit economy.

Thailand: Thailand will end most of its remaining lockdown curbs and allow more businesses in the country to reopen on 15 June after no local coronavirus transmissions were found for over two weeks.

Japan: Tokyo lifted the city’s virus alert and moved into the next and final phase of its reopening as the Japanese capital continued its recovery.

Economic updates

Global: The economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic could plunge an extra 395 million people into extreme poverty and swell the total number of those living on less than $1.90 a day worldwide to more than one billion, according to a new report.

The global economy is recovering more slowly than expected from the pandemic and will bear lingering scars from the experience, International Monetary Fund Chief Economist Gita Gopinath said in a video released Friday.

US: Stocks fell sharply Thursday on Wall Street as coronavirus cases in the US increased again. The Dow Jones Industrial Average sank more than 1,800 points, almost 7%, and the S&P 500 dropped 5.9%, its worst day since mid-March, when stocks went through repeated harrowing falls as the virus lockdowns began.

UK: The UK economy shrank a record 20.4% in April as businesses and workers reeled under the lockdown designed to control the coronavirus pandemic.

Japan: Japan’s parliament passed a record 31.9 trillion yen ($298 billion) extra budget on Friday in an effort to counter the economic impact of the virus.