Coronavirus update: WHO reports record daily increase in global COVID-19 cases
The World Health Organization has reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases, with the total rising by 183,020 in a 24-hour period.
Meanwhile China’s latest outbreak of coronavirus has seen PepsiCo workers test positive for COVID-19.
This story is being updated throughout Monday and was last updated at 4:00 am.
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Largest single-day increase in virus cases, WHO says
The World Health Organization has reported the largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases by its count, with the total rising by 183,020 in a 24-hour period..
The UN health agency said Brazil led the way with 54,771 cases tallied and the US next at 36,617. More than 15,400 cases came from India.
Experts say rising case counts can reflect multiple factors including more widespread testing as well as broader infection.
Overall in the pandemic, the WHO has reported 8,708,008 cases with 461,715 deaths worldwide, a daily increase of 4,743.
More than two-thirds of those new deaths were reported in the Americas.
Brazil officially passes more than 50,000 deaths
Brazil, the world’s biggest coronavirus hot spot after the United States, has officially passed 50,000 coronavirus deaths, a blow for a country already grappling with more than 1 million cases, rising political instability and a crippled economy.
Brazil now has a total of 1,085,038 confirmed cases and 50,617 deaths, up from 49,976 on Saturday, the Health Ministry said.
But experts say the true numbers are a lot higher because of a lack of widespread testing. Latin America’s largest country has typically recorded more than 1,000 deaths a day, but usually registers fewer on the weekends.
Brazil confirmed its first case of the novel coronavirus on February 26 and passed 1 million cases on Friday.
The rapid spread of the virus has eroded support for right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro, and has raised fears of economic collapse after years of anaemic growth.
Mr Bolsonaro has been widely criticised for his handling of the crisis — the country still has no permanent health minister after losing two since April, following clashes with the President.
The Brazilian leader has shunned social distancing, calling it a job-killing measure more dangerous than the virus itself, and has also promoted two anti-malarial drugs as remedies despite little evidence they work.
On Sunday, Mr Bolsonaro said the military served the will of the people and its mission was to defend democracy, adding fuel to a debate about the armed forces’ role amid rumbling fears of political fragility.
His comments came on the same day his supporters and detractors gathered in cities across the country, in a stark symbol of the polarisation that has taken hold across Brazil.
PepsiCo China factory closed after COVID-19 infection found
Operations at a PepsiCo food-processing plant in Beijing have been suspended after at least one employee tested positive for coronavirus, in the latest outbreak of COVID-19 in the Chinese capital.
Production at the factory in the Daxing district was halted as soon as the first coronavirus case was confirmed on June 15, PepsiCo China director of corporate affairs Fan Zhimin told a news conference, without saying how many cases were detected.
A senior official for the Beijing disease control authority, Pang Xinghuo, told the same news conference that eight people at the Daxing plant had tested positive.
Lay’s, which is owned by PepsiCo, said in a post on its micro-blog that the affected food-processing plant produced a small quantity of its potato chips.
It said the chance of any virus surviving during food processing was very low.
Beijing reported its first case in the latest COVID-19 outbreak in the city on June 11.
The resurgence, in which 227 people have been infected, has been linked to Beijing’s Xinfadi wholesale food centre near Daxing district.
Dubai allows foreign tourists to enter from July 7
Dubai will allow foreign visitors to enter from July 7, while foreigners with residency visas will be able to enter from Monday, the Dubai Media Office says.
It said those entering would have to present certificates to show they had recently tested negative for the coronavirus or would undergo tests on arrival at Dubai airports.
Citizens and residents would be permitted to travel abroad from June 23.
Dutch police arrest dozens after protest over coronavirus restrictions
Police in The Hague have arrested dozens of people after they refused to leave a protest against the Dutch Government’s social-distancing measures put in place to halt the spread of the coronavirus.
About a thousand protesters had gathered in the Malieveld area in The Hague, close to the Dutch seat of Government, even though the rally had been banned by the municipality.
“The remaining demonstrators on the Malieveld who refused to leave have all been arrested,” the police tweeted, without saying how many people had been detained.
Dutch media said about 100 people were arrested. A witness gave a similar estimate.
The authorities had allowed a brief protest to go ahead before asking demonstrators to leave.
Police made the arrests when a group of about 200 people refused to leave, the witness said.
Germany’s coronavirus reproduction rate jumps above level needed to contain infection
The coronavirus reproduction rate in Germany jumped to 2.88 on Sunday, up from 1.79 a day earlier, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for public health says, taking infections above the level needed to contain it over the longer term.
A reproduction rate, or ‘R’, of 2.88 means that out of 100 people who contracted the virus, a further 288 other people will get infected. A rate of less than one is needed to gradually contain the disease.
The number, a sharp increase from 1.06 on Friday, is based on RKI’s moving four-day average data, which reflects infection rates one to two weeks ago.
RKI said outbreaks had been reported in nursing homes and hospitals, institutions for asylum seekers and refugees, in meat processing plants and logistics companies, among seasonal harvest workers and in connection with religious events and family gatherings.
Based on a seven-day average, the reproduction rate jumped to 2.03, RKI statistics from Sunday showed.
In total, 189,822 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases and 8,882 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported, RKI said.