Boris Johnson supports Dominic Cummings
The Prime Minister used the daily briefing to support Dominic Cummings, following reports that his chief strategist had broken the lock rules on at least one occasion. Boris Johnson described Cummings as acting “in a responsible, legal and honest manner”.
The global balance sheet exceeds 340,000
The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases is 5,354,539, according to Johns Hopkins University tracker. There have been 343,116 deaths officially linked to the coronavirus worldwide.
U.S. to impose travel restrictions on Brazil
The United States is expected to place travel restrictions on Brazil on Sunday, the White House national security adviser said after the South American country became the country with the second highest number of coronavirus cases. On Friday, the country became the No. 2 point for business, just after the United States. Brazil has registered more than 347,000 infections, while the United States has more than 1.6 million.
Total coronavirus in Canada exceeds 84,000
The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Canada increased from 82,892 to 84,081. There were an additional 103 deaths, bringing the country to 6,380.
German authorities attempt to locate participants in religious service
German authorities are trying to find people who attended a religious service in Frankfurt after 107 residents were subsequently tested positive for the coronavirus. The service was held in a Baptist church on May 10, and it is unclear whether all 107 attended the service, or whether the figure includes those who were infected by those who did.
France asks citizens to avoid traveling abroad this summer
The French government has discouraged citizens from traveling abroad this summer, recommending that they go on vacation to France, said Environment Minister Elisabeth Borne. This follows Emmanuel Macron who said that it was unlikely that the French would be able to take long trips abroad this summer.
South African mine closes after 164 positive tests
The AngloGold Ashanti in South Africa has suspended operations at its Mponeng mine after at least 164 employees tested positive for the coronavirus. The mining company said it tested 650 workers at the gold mining site in Merafong, Gauteng Province, after a case was detected last week. Contact tracing and disinfection processes are underway.
Chinese diplomat says US must ‘stop wasting time’ with smears
Senior Chinese diplomat Wang Yi said the United States should stop wasting time fighting the coronavirus and work with China to fight it, rather than smear the country. State Councilor Wang made his comments while expressing sympathy in the United States for the pandemic, where the death toll is approaching 100,000.
Pro-democracy protesters challenge Hong Kong ban on assembly
Thousands of pro-democracy protesters have gathered in Hong Kong against a controversial security law proposed by China, challenging a measure against coronaviruses banning gatherings of more than eight people. The bill is expected to ban treason, subversion and sedition, and clashes between police and protesters have been the most intense in months.
Italy registers 50 new deaths, but Lombardy figures missing
On Sunday there were 50 new deaths from coronaviruses in Italy, but the latest figures do not include deaths in the most affected region of Lombardy due to late reports. The number of new infections increased by 531 from 669 on Saturday. There were 32,785 deaths and 140,479 people recovered.