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LIVE – Coronavirus: a “disaster” for the United Kingdom

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The Covid-19 pandemic has killed more than 500,000 people worldwide since China reported its appearance in December, including almost two-thirds in Europe and the United States.

A total of 500,390 deaths have been recorded worldwide (for 10,099,576 cases), of which 196,086 (for 2,642,897 cases) in Europe, the continent most affected. The United States is the country with the most deaths (125,747), ahead of Brazil (57,622), the United Kingdom (43,550), Italy (34,738) and France (29,778).

In France, where the number of deaths is 29,778 people, the municipal elections took place in order. In the Gard, the town hall of Vigan has decided to close from Monday all schools in the town and to ban gatherings due to the emergence of an infectious center of coronavirus.

The main points to remember

> France voted in the second round of municipal elections despite the health crisis

> Two symbolic thresholds have been crossed with more than half a million deaths and ten million cases

> The virus continues to wreak havoc in the United States, the country most heavily affected by Covid-19

> Follow the day’s events live

> Pub reopening could bring in £ 210m in a weekend

Pub reopening on Saturday is expected to bring in £ 210 million over a weekend in Britain, according to a study released Monday, but after drunkenness is expected hangover, social distancing measures to tackle pandemic of coronavirus weighing on the profitability of the sector.

The think tank therefore anticipates 6.5 million visits to pubs this weekend, or 1.5 million more than usual, for an “expected turnover in England of 210 million pounds (230 million euros) for the weekend of July 4, 72% more than the average for a normal weekend ”.

> Algeria’s borders to remain closed

Closed since March 19, all of Algeria’s borders will remain so until the end of the Covid-19 pandemic, President Abdelmadjid Tebbboune announced Sunday evening, faced with an increase in contamination.

Algeria is however part of a proposed list of 14 countries whose travelers would be admitted to the European Union on July 1. The EU has, however, postponed its final decision on this list, due to the lack of agreement between Europeans.

> US hesitant about spike in coronavirus cases

As the number of Covid-19 cases rises in the southwestern United States, Texas, Florida and counties in California have had to close their bars. Vice President Mike Pence finally called on the Americans to wear a mask, while Donald Trump has always refused.

> Russia announces lowest number of contamination since April

Russia reported 6,719 new cases of coronavirus infection on Monday, the smallest daily increase since April 29, bringing the total to 641,156 infections in the country since the start of the epidemic.

Russian authorities have documented 93 additional deaths in the past 24 hours. In total, the coronavirus has killed 9,166 people in Russia since the start of the crisis, according to official figures.

> A barcode to screen tourists in Greece

Tourists coming to Greece from July 1 will have to complete an online questionnaire 48 hours in advance and will receive a barcode which will determine if they should be screened upon arrival.

They must in particular indicate their country of origin or the countries crossed in the last 15 days. Each person will then receive a personal QR code which will be checked on their mobile phone or on paper at their port of arrival. Depending on its barcode, it will be directed to the exit or to the screening area. This questionnaire is mandatory until August 31.

> For the 4th consecutive day, the city of Tokyo counts more than 50 contaminations in 24 hours

According to the Japanese daily Mainichi, the Japanese capital has recorded 54 new cases of Covid-19 coronavirus infection in the past 24 hours. It is the fourth day in a row that the city has counted more than 50.

By Thursday, June 26, 54 cases had been detected. Then 57 on Friday June 27 and 60 on Saturday June 28.

> Irish pubs reopen

This Monday, after 15 weeks of closure, pubs serving food as well as restaurants and hotels are authorized to open, the country entering the penultimate stage of its deconfinement plan.

All restrictions on travel within the country are lifted, and churches, hair salons, cinemas and museums can reopen. Up to 50 people can gather inside and 200 outside.

> Coronavirus a “disaster” for the UK, says Johnson

The coronavirus epidemic has been a “disaster” for the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson said on Monday. “It was a disaster,” said the Conservative Prime Minister on Times Radio. “Let’s not mince words. I mean it has been an absolute nightmare for the country and the country has experienced a deep shock. “

The leader, whose management in recent months has been strongly criticized, said it was too early to address the lessons of the health crisis. For the Labor opposition leader, Boris Johnson “fell asleep at the wheel” during the crisis.

While the deconfinement must reach a major stage on July 4 with the reopening of pubs, restaurants, hotels and hairdressers, the Conservative Prime Minister said he wanted to take inspiration from US President Franklin D. Roosevelt to revive the economy, hard hit by the pandemic.

> Correction to the Tokyo Stock Exchange in the face of the acceleration of the pandemic

The Tokyo Stock Exchange ended Monday in sharp decline, faced with the risk of seeing the recovery of the world economy seriously slow because of the global pandemic, which crossed the milestone of ten million cases on Sunday. The Nikkei star index fell 2.3% to 21,995.04 points, falling below the symbolic bar of 22,000 points at the close for the first time since June 15.

It is also the biggest drop in the Nikkei in one session since June 15. For its part, the expanded Topix index lost 1.78% on Monday to 1,549.22 points. Wall Street had already suffered heavy losses Friday against the alarming surge of the coronavirus in the South and West of the United States, risking to seize the American economic recovery.

> Twelve new confirmed cases in mainland China

Twelve additional cases of coronavirus contamination have been recorded in mainland China in the past twenty-four hours, Chinese health authorities reported on Monday, a drop from the 17 cases reported the previous day.

Five of these additional cases concern contamination imported by travelers arriving from abroad, two more than the previous day. The other cases of local transmission of the virus have been identified in the capital, Beijing, which is trying to manage a new wave of infections.

> Austria refuses entry to certain Germans

Austria announced on Sunday that it would force some Germans living in an area affected by a coronavirus outbreak to present a negative Covid-19 test to be allowed to cross the border.

“We are following a common line,” said Minister of Health Rudolf Anschober on the ORF channel, when asked about the possibility of turning back tourists from the canton of Gütersloh in western Germany. He said these people will have to show a test that is less than 48 hours old. Containment has been applied again since Wednesday in this canton of 360,000 inhabitants, located in North Rhine-Westphalia.

> 288 deaths in 24 hours in the United States

The United States has recorded 288 new Covid-19-related deaths in the past 24 hours. The infection rate remains high in the United States, which is fighting against a new outbreak of the disease.

The United States is the country most heavily affected by Covid-19, with 125,768 deaths out of more than 2.5 million confirmed cases, according to the count made on Sunday at 8:30 p.m. local time (00:30 GMT Monday) by Johns University Hopkins in Baltimore, on the east coast.

> California Governor Orders Los Angeles Bars To Close

The governor of California on Sunday ordered the closure of bars in Los Angeles and six other counties in this southwestern US state that is experiencing a rebound in the pandemic of new coronavirus.

“Due to the rise in Covid-19 cases, California is ordering bars to close in Fresno, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, San Joaquin and Tulare,” tweeted Democrat Gavin Newsom, who had authorized the reopening of Californian bars on June 12.

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