Coronavirus News from Across the Globe: June 2 – Cafés in Paris Reopen, Protests Could Cause Spikes

By Anna Breuer on 2 June 2020
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Portrait of a Parisian

From the Café de la Paix to La Maison Rose to Les Deux Magots, cafés in Paris reopened Tuesday, albeit only with outdoor seating, and excited Parisians flocked to them, even though tables were now spaced 3’ apart.

Officials in Wuhan, the city where the novel coronavirus first emerged, said they had tested almost 9.9 million residents over the course of a few weeks.  The push to test so many people is unparalleled. It cost 900 million renminbi ($126 million).  The number of new cases in China is currently very low.

Spain reported no new deaths on Monday, the first time since the outbreak began.  Meanwhile, Hong Kong reported multiple new cases and extended restrictions on public gatherings and a ban on visitors.

Officials in New York again voiced concerns that protests against racism and police brutality could result in a spike in new coronavirus infections.  Governor Andrew M. Cuomo called for people to voice their outrage but “be responsible, because the last thing we want to do is see a spike in the number of Covid cases.” The mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, echoed this sentiment, saying he was “very worried.”

Finally, in Michigan, the governor, Gretchen Whitmer, lifted a stay-at-home order.  As of Tuesday, groups of up to 100 people are allowed to gather outdoors and restaurants can reopen, albeit with tables that are 6’ apart, and in Louisiana, the governor said that houses of worship, bars, and theaters, could increase their capacity to 50%, although the mayor of New Orleans said that the city would not ease restrictions there.

06-02 Italy’s Transport Ministry introduced mandatory temperature checks for rail passengers. Traveler with a temperature of 99.5° F (37.5° C) or higher will not be permitted to board a train.

06-02 After 11 days of no new coronavirus infections, New Zealand’s government said it is ready to ease restrictions next week. ““If and only if there are no further unexpected cases over the coming days, then we could be in a position to move to alert level one that week,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.

06-02 Governor Cuomo announced that new Covid-19 cases are “at an all-time low,” adding that the daily death count on Tuesday was 58, a slight increase over 54 on the preceding day.

06-02 Health officials in Iran said there were 3,000 new cases over the past 24 hours, the first such increase since April 1 of this year.

06-02 The World Health Organization said that there were 133 potential Covid-19 vaccines in development around the world. Ten of the potential vaccines are in clinical trials in the United States, the United Kingdom, and China.

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