The new coronavirus has now infected more than 3.1 million people and killed nearly 217,000 worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University.
If you have just joined us, here are the latest developments:
American cases exceed one million: With at least 1,012,399 known Covid-19 infections, the United States accounts for almost a third of officially registered cases worldwide, with some states taking their first steps towards reopening.
American meat factories must remain open: President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that requires meat plants to remain open, said an official. Some of the country’s largest processing plants have been forced to shutdown after thousands of workers have tested positive for the virus.
Russia is preparing for a difficult phase: The country “will face a new, exhausting phase of the pandemic,” said President Vladimir Putin in a television statement. He also acknowledged the lack of personal protective equipment for Russian health workers. Russia has surpassed Iran and China in the number of confirmed cases.
Country easing locks: New Zealand, Australia and several European countries, including Portugal, France and Greece, have relaxed or proposed plans to relax some of their strictest restrictions against coronaviruses.
Mike Pence masks the controversy: The US vice president has been criticized for not wearing a face mask while visiting the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. Pence said he was not wearing it because he is regularly tested for coronavirus.
Troubles in Lebanon: Tensions continue to mount in Lebanon as violent protests against economic hardship erupt again in Tripoli and other cities in defiance of the coronavirus shutdown.
Air layoffs: British Airways has announced a restructuring and layoff plan which could result in layoffs for up to 12,000 employees.