International Update: Global Covid-19 cases pass 10 million – pandemic ‘speeding up’, says WHO

30 June 2020 (Last Updated June 30th, 2020 13:13)

30 June

Global: As of 29 June there have been 10,021,401 cases of Covid-19 and 499,913 deaths, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) who called the figures ‘a sombre landmark’.

WHO chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a briefing: “The hard reality is that this is not even close to being over. Although many countries have made some progress, globally the pandemic is actually speeding up.”

US: Los Angeles County recorded an “alarming” one-day spike of nearly 3,000 new Covid-19 infections on Monday, taking its total to more than 100,000 cases.

Houston-area intensive-care unit wards were 95% full as of Sunday night, up from 93% on Saturday, according to data from the Texas Medical Center.

Japan: Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said Japan’s capital had a caseload in the “mid-50s” on Tuesday, broadcaster NTV reported.

New Zealand: New Zealand confirmed no new cases of Covid-19, after two weeks with a number of cases in returning travellers.

China: China’s National Health Commission says the country had 19 new cases of coronavirus up to midnight on June 29, compared with 12 the day before.

Researchers in China have discovered a new type of swine flu that is capable of triggering a pandemic, according to a study in the US science journal PNAS.

Ireland: The number of reported new cases of Covid-19 in Ireland has begun to increase in a “worrying” trend, the chief medical officer warned.

Iran: Iran reported 162 more deaths from Covid-19, the highest single-day toll since the country’s outbreak began in February.

Germany: 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.

Lockdown updates

UK: On Monday the British government imposed a lockdown on the city of Leicester, which has a much higher Covid-19 infection rate than anywhere else in the country.

US: Los Angeles is to close its beaches for the 4 July holiday weekend after reporting a record one-day rise in cases.

The governor of the US state of Arizona has told bars, cinemas, gyms, water parks and nightclubs they have to close again.

New Jersey governor Phil Murphy said on Monday indoor dining will no longer resume on Thursday in the state as previously planned.

Mexico: Mexico City began allowing more businesses to reopen Monday, after almost three months of various types of lockdowns.

Australia: The state of South Australia has cancelled plans to reopen its borders to interstate travellers from neighbouring Victoria after a spike in coronavirus cases there.

Ireland: Ireland moves to the third stage of reopening on Monday, with domestic travel resuming, most businesses able to operate and sports restarting, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said in Dublin. Face coverings will be mandatory on public transport. Some restrictions on international travel will ease 9 July, he said.

Economic updates

Japan: Japan’s unemployment rate rose to 2.9 percent in May, official data showed Tuesday, the third consecutive monthly rise as the coronavirus pandemic takes its toll.