California and Texas recorded record peaks of new infections on Monday, and Los Angeles reported an “alarming” one-day outbreak in America’s second city, which has claimed more than 100,000 cases.
Los Angeles County has ordered all beaches closed for July 4 after reporting the highest number of new cases in a single day.
WATCH | Fauci says states must follow directions carefully when reopening:
WATCH | The spike in COVID-19 cases has led some American states to reintroduce restrictions:
In Australia, Melbourne will lock up dozens of suburbs for a month to contain the spread of the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19 disease. Residents will be fined if they leave their home for reasons other than to give or receive care, to exercise, to buy essential items, or to go to work or school. People who live outside these suburbs will only be allowed to enter for the same reasons.
And the UNITED KINGDOM. said on Tuesday that it would soon introduce legal changes to apply a lockdown imposed on the English city of Leicester, where there has been a virus outbreak. This comes as the death toll in the country COVID-19 has reached 43,659, according to John Hopkins University, highlighting the country’s status as one of the most affected in the world.
In a press release to Parliament, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the government would not recommend that the city join in the easing of the lockout in England due to take place on Saturday, which includes the reopening of pubs and restaurants.
He also said that non-essential retailers, such as department stores and electronic retailers, will have to close again two weeks after they reopen.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pledged to lift the UK economy out of its coronavirus crisis, saying Tuesday it wants to speed up investment in infrastructure.
“We cannot continue to be just prisoners of the crisis,” said Johnson. “It is absolutely vital for us to chart the course so that everyone can think and plan for the future – in the short, medium and long term. ”
Johnson seeks to overcome criticism of how his government has handled the pandemic with a plan to repair the economic damage and reshape the country.
What is happening with COVID-19 in Canada
At noon ET on Tuesday, Canada had 104,144 confirmed and suspected cases of coronavirus. The provinces and territories have listed 67,522 cases as having been recovered or resolved. A count of CBC News deaths based on provincial reports, regional health information and CBC reports is 8,635.
BEFORE CHRIST. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said news of COVID-19 exposure to a strip club in Vancouver should remind us that the province must remain vigilant about preventing the spread of the virus.
“This is a team effort that we must pursue together in British Columbia,” said Henry. “One swipe is all it takes. ”
At Monday’s daily briefing, Henry said that 26 more new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in British Columbia since Friday, but no deaths have been reported.
Meanwhile, in Ontario on Tuesday morning, the mayor and medical officer of health in Toronto recommended that masks and non-medical masks be mandatory in indoor public spaces.
“It’s about respecting and protecting yourself,” said Mayor John Tory at a press conference in the morning. He said it will be key to reopening the city safely.
WATCH | The mayor of Toronto supports mandatory masks for indoor public spaces:
“We hope there are more and more people in the shops and businesses of the city. We want this to happen for the good of our economy and for a return to a life closer to normal. ”
The province’s health ministry on Monday dismissed calls from some city leaders for a provincial policy on mandatory masks, saying it is “not necessary” to require all residents to wear face masks when they are indoors in public spaces in large urban centers.
In an email Monday evening, Alexandra Hilkene, spokesperson for Minister of Health Christine Elliott, said local medical officers of health have the authority to implement mandatory face mask policies in their respective health regions under of the legislation in force.
“Doing it locally would meet the needs of the community without applying the same policy to regions with little or no COVID,” Hilkene said in the email.
WATCH | The federal government is hesitant to make masks mandatory:
What’s going on in the world
During a hearing in the United States Senate focused on how to safely reopen schools and businesses, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday that COVID-19 cases could reach 100,000 a day in the United States if Americans do not start following health recommendations public.
When asked to predict the results of recent outbreaks in certain US states, Fauci said he could not make an accurate prediction, but thought it would be “very concerning”.
“We now have over 40,000 new cases a day. I wouldn’t be surprised if we jump to 100,000 a day if that doesn’t go away, so I’m very concerned, “said Fauci, director of National. Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases.
Republican Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, who chairs the hearing, said that President Donald Trump should start wearing a mask at least once because politics hamper the protection of the American people from COVID-19.
“The stakes are too high for the political debate on the pro-Trump and anti-Trump masks to continue,” said Alexander, who had to self-quarantine after being exposed to a staff member who s ‘is found to be positive. But the senator said he was protected because the person was wearing a mask.
the European Union announced Tuesday that it would reopen its borders to travelers from 14 countries, but most of the United States have been denied entry for at least two weeks due to the spike in coronavirus infections. Travelers from other countries, including Russia, Brazil and India, will also be absent.
As European economies are shocked by the impact of the coronavirus, southern EU countries like Greece, Italy and Spain are desperate to attract sun-loving visitors and bring their damaged tourism industries.
Citizens of the following countries will be allowed to enter the 27 EU members and four other countries in the Schengen travel zone without a visa to Europe: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand , Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.
Officials say China is “subject to confirmation of reciprocity”, which means that it must lift all restrictions on European citizens entering China before the EU allows Chinese citizens to return.
United Nations pushed governments to virtual conference Tuesday for nearly $ 10 billion in aid Syria, where nine years of war have displaced millions of people in a humanitarian crisis exacerbated by soaring food prices and the pandemic.
“Syrian men, women and children have suffered injuries, displacement, destruction, terror … on a large scale. The danger of COVID-19 remains acute, “said United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen.
According to the Johns Hopkins count, there have only been 269 confirmed cases, but the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the real situation is likely to be much worse and that the number of infections is expected to accelerate.
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South Korea reported 43 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the country as infections begin to spread beyond the greater capital region, which has been at the center of a resurgence of the virus since late May.
The figures announced Tuesday by the South Korean centers for disease control and prevention brought the national total to 12,800 cases, including 282 deaths. Seventeen of the new cases came from the Seoul metropolitan area, where about half of the 51 million people live in South Korea, while infections have also been reported in other major cities, such as Daejeon, Gwangju, Busan and Sejong.
Twenty of the new cases were related to international arrivals.
Uzbekistan has imposed an overnight curfew in parts of the country, including the capital Tashkent, as it seeks to curb a further increase in infections following the gradual lifting of a two-month blockade.
The Central Asian country had cautiously lifted a nationwide lockdown that was put in place in April and May. However, after a decrease in COVID-19 cases between mid-April and mid-May, it again increased steadily.
The new restrictions will see residents of the “red” and “yellow” areas deemed at higher risk prohibited from leaving their home between 11 pm. and 7:00 am local time, except in a medical emergency, the government announced on Tuesday.