Coronavirus update: Brazil judge orders President Jair Bolsonaro to wear mask in public, UK pubs set to open in July
A Brazilian judge has ordered President Jair Bolsonaro to wear a mask in public or be fined for each day he does not as the nation continues to battle large outbreaks of coronavirus.
Meanwhile British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced an easing of the England’s strict coronavirus lockdown, with pubs, cinemas and hairdressers set to open in early July
This story was last updated at 12:30am on Wednesday.
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Brazilian judge orders president to wear mask in public
A Brazilian judge has ordered President Jair Bolsonaro to wear a mask in public, according to a court decision that was publicised on Tuesday.
The order comes after Mr Bolsonaro attended political rallies in the capital of Brasilia without any face coverings.
Federal judge Renato Borelli said Mr Bolsonaro is subject to a fine of 2,000 reais ($387) for each day that he disobeys a federal district ordinance meant to slow the COVID-19 outbreak.
The order comes shortly after the number of coronavirus cases in the South American nation passed 1.1 million and deaths are over 51,000.
Now the country has started human clinical trials for a potential vaccine developed by Oxford University.
Trials will count on 2,000 health worker volunteers in Sao Paulo and 1,000 people in Rio de Janeiro, and are being conducted by Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo and hospital chain Rede D’Or, respectively.
The trials were approved by Brazil’s health regulator Anvisa in early June.
Researchers expect to launch the vaccine by year-end.
Social distancing to be relaxed in United Kingdom
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced an easing of the England’s strict coronavirus restrictions with its two-metre social distancing rule reduced to one metre “plus” and pubs, while cinemas and hairdressers are set to open in early July.
Also set to reopen are restaurants, museums and cinemas — all of which have been shut since the UK went into lockdown on March 23.
All hospitality indoors will be limited to table service with minimal contact between staff and customers encouraged, and contact details will be asked of customers to help with the country’s track and trace program.
Mr Johnson also announced that two households of any size would be able to meet during any setting inside or outside from July 4.
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Novak Djokovic tests positive after ill-fated tournament
Men’s tennis world No.1 Novak Djokovic has tested positive for COVID-19 along with his wife, after tournaments in Serbia and Croatia, where social distancing measures were not put in place.
Djokovic became the fourth player involved to test positive after Croatia’s Borna Coric, Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria and fellow Serb Viktor Troicki also revealed they caught the disease.
Djokovic first played an event in Belgrade and then another in Zadar, Croatia.
“The moment we arrived in Belgrade we went to be tested. My result is positive, just as Jelena’s, while the results of our children are negative,” Djokovic said in a statement.
Djokovic, who has in the past expressed an anti-vaccination stance, has been criticised for organising the exhibition events and bringing in players from other countries against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic.
Egypt to allow restaurants and cafes to operate at 25 per cent
Egypt will reopen restaurants, cafes, and places of worship from the end of the week but will keep some restrictions in place to limit crowding, the Prime Minister said on Tuesday, as new coronavirus cases continue to climb.
Restaurants and cafes will operate at 25 per cent capacity and shut at 10:00pm from Saturday, while mosques and churches will be open for daily praying but not for end-of-week prayers or services, Mostafa Madbouly said.
Cinemas and theatres will also reopen at 25 per cent capacity.
Egypt has seen an acceleration of new coronavirus cases in recent weeks, with infections confirmed by the health ministry surging to 56,809, including 2,278 deaths.