New Zealand eyes return to regular life: Coronavirus stay updates

  • Tens of 1000’s of individuals, together with coronavirus sufferers, have been evacuated from round Mumbai as a uncommon cyclone closes in and officers warn the height of the outbreak is weeks away.

  • More than 6.Three million coronavirus circumstances have been confirmed all over the world, in response to knowledge from Johns Hopkins University. More than 380,000 individuals have died, together with greater than 106,000 within the US. More than 2.7 million have recovered from the illness.

Here are the most recent updates:

Wednesday, June 3

05:30 GMT –

I’ll be handing over the weblog to my colleagues in Doha shortly. Before I am going, a fast recap of what occurred over the previous few hours. Brazil has reported a file variety of coronavirus deaths for a single day; total, it has the fourth-highest variety of deaths on the earth with little signal the outbreak is easing.

There have additionally been a few attention-grabbing developments in scientific research – the Lancet is conducting an audit of the supporting knowledge in a latest examine on the controversial drug hydroxychloroquine, whereas scientists whose funding was pulled by the US have revealed the preliminary findings on bats and coronaviruses.

And in at the moment’s “positive” information it seems like New Zealand may carry the final of its coronavirus restrictions as early as subsequent week. That means a return to regular life though New Zealanders nonetheless will be unable to travel abroad as a result of borders will stay closed.

05:10 GMT – Recession alert: Australian economic system shrank within the first quarter

Australia’s economic system shrank within the first three months of 2020, setting the nation up for its first technical recession in 30 years.

Official knowledge reveals the economic system contracted 0.Three p.c within the three months ended March 31, in contrast with the final three months of 2019, the primary decline in 9 years.

Read extra on that story from our AJImpact group right here.

Australia economy

Australia may very well be dealing with its first recession in 30 years on account of the coronavirus [File: Loren Elliott/Reuters] 

04:20 GMT – Mumbai braces for cyclone as coronavirus circumstances high 200,000

At least 100,000 individuals, together with coronavirus sufferers, have been moved out of the trail of Cyclone Nisarga, which is threatening India’s west coast and town of Mumbai.

The storm is predicted to make landfall on Wednesday afternoon, simply south of Mumbai, which has not been hit by a cyclone in 70 years.

The Health Ministry mentioned the variety of coronavirus circumstances within the nation has exceeded 200,000 with an increase of 8,909 circumstances in a single day.

“We are very far away from the peak,” mentioned Dr Nivedita Gupta of the Indian Council of Medical Research.

03:55 GMT – New Zealand may return to ‘regular life’ subsequent week

People in New Zealand may return to “normal life” as early as subsequent week with the tip of social distancing measures.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she’s going to resolve on Monday whether or not to scale back the nation’s alert degree to at least one, greater than two months after she imposed a strict, degree 4, lockdown. The determination will rely upon whether or not newer relaxations have led to a rise in coronavirus circumstances. 

Even if the nation does move to degree one, it has no plans to reopen its borders. New Zealand has reported just one energetic case of coronavirus and no deaths for 12 days.

03:10 GMT – South Korea approves import of remdesivir

South Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety has accepted a well being ministry request to import the anti-viral drug remdesivir to deal with COVID-19.

02:50 GMT – Comprehensive examine of bat viruses houses in on Rhinolophus

Science journal says a bunch of scientists engaged on bat viruses have revealed essentially the most complete evaluation of such viruses ever accomplished, singling out one genus – Rhinolophus (Chinese horseshoe bats) – as essential to the evolution of SARS-related coronaviruses.

The analysis examines the partial genetic sequences of 781 coronaviruses present in bats in China, and whereas it couldn’t pinpoint the origin of SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, co-author Peter Daszak mentioned it discovered Rhinoloplus was a “major reservoir” of SARS-related coronaviruses.

Daszak is the president of EcoHealth Alliance, whose analysis grant to review the bats with colleagues in China was pulled by the US National Institutes of Health final month.

A preprint of the examine was posted to bioRxiv.

02:00 GMT – UK authorities says traveller quarantine essential to cease second wave

The UK authorities says the 14-day traveller quarantine it plans to introduce on June Eight is essential to cease a second wave of coronavirus hitting the nation.

Home Minister Priti Patel and Transport Minister Grant Shapps outlined the plan – regardless of criticism from airways, enterprise teams and a few members of their very own social gathering – in an article revealed within the Daily Telegraph late on Tuesday.

The ministers mentioned travellers can be required to supply travel particulars and speak to info, and there can be spot checks and fines to make sure compliance. 

The quarantine will apply to all worldwide arrivals, together with residents. The UK has essentially the most deaths on the earth from coronavirus, after the United States.

UK heathrow arrivals

International arrivals at London’s Heathrow Airport final month. From June 8, all travellers from abroad, together with British residents, should full a 14-day quarantine [Toby Melville/Reuters] 

01:25 GMT – Malaysia locks down housing property near Kuala Lumpur airport

Malaysia has imposed a “semi-enhanced” lockdown in two housing estates near the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), in response to Malaysiakini.

The two housing areas are surrounded by razor wire, and native well being authorities will display screen all residents for COVID-19 by Friday.

Malaysiakini mentioned the move was believed to be linked to a cluster of 28 coronavirus circumstances amongst cleaners working at KLIA.

01:05 GMT – Bolivia feels coronavirus pressure as circumstances exceed 10,000

Authorities in Bolivia are making door-to-door checks in areas with extreme coronavirus outbreaks to attempt to stem the unfold.

The landlocked nation registered its first circumstances on March 10, and till May 21 had reached 5,000 circumstances. That quantity has since doubled, authorities knowledge reveals.

More on that story right here.

00:00 GMT – Brazil units one other day by day file for coronavirus deaths

Some 1,262 individuals in Brazil died from coronavirus within the 24 hours to Tuesday night, the nation’s Health Ministry mentioned.

It is one other day by day file for the South American nation the place the outbreak reveals no signal of slowing down.

Brazil additionally confirmed 28,936 extra infections, bringing the whole circumstances to 555,383. A complete of 31,199 individuals in Brazil have died from coronavirus.

COVID-19 started within the nation’s rich neighbourhoods and huge cities the place there have been hyperlinks with worldwide travellers, however it’s now making its technique to poorer and extra remoted areas to devastating impact. You can learn extra on that right here.

Brazil Hospital

A affected person being handled for coronavirus within the intensive care unit (ICU) of a area hospital in Guarulhos, Sao Paulo state, Brazil [Amanda Perobelli/Reuters]

23:30 GMT (June 2) – Lancet raises new questions on hydroxychloroquine examine

The Lancet has commissioned an unbiased audit of the information behind a examine it revealed final month that discovered hydroxychloroquine elevated the chance of demise in COVID-19 sufferers.

The May 22 examine was primarily based on knowledge supplied by healthcare analytics agency Surgisphere and never a standard medical trial that will have in contrast hydroxychloroquine to a placebo or different drugs.

The editors of the British medical journal mentioned critical scientific questions had been dropped at their consideration.

Several medical trials into the usage of the drug, together with one by the WHO, had been suspended after the paper was revealed. Hydroxychloroquine is normally prescribed for diseases similar to malaria or lupus, however has been trumpeted as a COVID-19 therapy by US President Donald Trump and different right-wing leaders.


A gaggle of artists pay tribute to the victims of the coronavirus in Brasilia on June 1 [Joedson Alves/EPA]


Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s persevering with protection of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Kate Mayberry in Kuala Lumpur.

Read all of the updates from yesterday (June 1) right here.