- UK Business Minister self-isolated, being tested for covid
- White House picks vaccine finalists
- France sees cases, deaths jump
- NY reports just 49 deaths, a 10-week low
- Vegas prepares to reopen
- UN accuses China of censoring COVID research
- BoJo reimposes travel restrictions as EU reopens borders
- Russia reports another jump in cases
- Global cases near 6.5 million
- US bars Chinese passenger airlines
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Update (1500ET): France’s coronavirus death toll rose by 81 on Wednesday, or 0.3%, to 29,021, while the number of new confirmed cases also climbed from the prior day, per Reuters.
In other news, the White House has reportedly picked its 5 finalists for its expedited vaccine program.
In the UK, another member of BoJo's government is in self-isolation as he awaits the results of his COVID-19 test.
- UK BUSINESS MINISTER ALOK SHARMA IS SELF-ISOLATING AND BEING TESTED FOR CORONAVIRUS - BBC
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Update (1305ET): The White House has released the list of finalists for its "Project Warp Speeds" trials.
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Update (1145ET): After Italians rebelled against masks and social distancing, NY just reported only 49 deaths from COVID-19 over the last 24 hours, the lowest death toll in 10 weeks, and the latest sign that NY's approach is on track to reopen on June 8.
Giving my daily press briefing now. Watch Live: https://t.co/kMW1zpKS73— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) June 3, 2020
Cuomo also claimed last night's protests were much less violent, though there were a few isolated incidents. He also said that restaurants could probably reopen for outdoor dining during the second phase of reopening.
Put another way...
Is now a good time to ask if we’re still on track for a limited reopening of NYC in a few days?— litquidity (@litcapital) June 3, 2020
Looks like the answer is yes.
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Following a fifth night of unrest across the US, analysts are trying to suss out when any spike in COVID-19 infections might occur.
FUNDSTRAT: consumers have become even less "risk averse" and more willing to venture out of their homes. The 6 categories where we see a meaningful increase are below. — @fundstrat— Carl Quintanilla (@carlquintanilla) June 3, 2020
(per Gordon Haskett’s weekly survey data) pic.twitter.com/GQw17UZ2Hb
While several states, including Florida, have already reported spikes in deaths (likely a trend that was in place before the street violence across the US began) and others have, more alarmingly, reported spikes in new case, Minnesota has already said it plans to test all 7,000 national guardsmen deployed last week after at least one tested positive and more showed symptoms of early infection.
Following the latest bombshell report exposing how China manipulated the WHO Into parroting its lies and deflections, UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet warned Wednesday that China and other Asian nations were using the virus as an excuse to crack down on political freedoms.
Apparently, the UN has documented "more than a dozen cases of medical professionals, academics and ordinary citizens who appear to have been detained, and in some instances charged, for publishing their views or other information on the situation related to COVID-19," or for criticizing the government.
PM BoJo said quarantine measures Britain plans to reintroduce for almost all international travellers from June 8 are critical to preventing a second outbreak of the virus. Asked during PMQs to explain why Britain is reintroducing the steps now, just as many other countries are lifting quarantine rules, Johnson claims: "As we get the rate of infection down, with the efforts that we are making as a country, it is vital that we avoid reinfection."
Spain, and most other European countries badly hit by the virus, is working on starting to gradually allow tourists from "more secure" countries to return to Spain without needing to quarantine for 2 weeks beginning late this month. Austria is planning to scrap controls for all land borders except for Italy. And Germany said Wednesday it plans to lift a travel ban for EU member states along with the UK, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland beginning June 15.
Globally, the number of COVID cases has topped 6.4 million while deaths are nearing 400k.
In the Middle East, mosques have reopened for daily prayers and children returned to nursery schools in an easing of coronavirus restrictions in the Gaza Strip.
The US has just announced plans to ban Chinese airlines.
Meanwhile, Las Vegas is preparing to reopen amid rumors that bookings were much larger than expected. Though many of the larger companies are leaving some of their properties closed, gambling is set to begin at 12:01.
American biotech firm Novavax, which launched human trials in Australia last week for a COVID vaccine, has entered into a deal with contract drugmaker AGC Biologics to manufacture its experimental COVID-19 vaccine, should it pan out, the latest example of a biotech company working on a vaccine appearing to say something when, in fact, saying nothing.
Finally, Russia has reported 8,536 new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing its nationwide tally to 432,277, the third-highest in the world. Its death toll reached 5,215 after the authorities said they had recorded another 178 COVID-19 deaths over the last day.