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Coronavirus: latest global developments

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Filed on June 16, 2020 | Last updated on June 16, 2020 at 12.57 am
Coronavirus, Covid-19, cases, deaths, worldwide, United States, Europe, Britain, China
Medical staff members from Gregorio Maranon hospital hold signs during a protest demanding better working conditions and in memory of victims of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Madrid, Spain, June 15, 2020.


The pandemic has killed at least 434,214 people worldwide since it surfaced in China late last year, according to an AFP tally.

Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis.

- More than 434,000 deaths - 

The pandemic has killed at least 434,214 people worldwide since it surfaced in China late last year, according to an AFP tally at 1900 GMT (11pm UAE) Monday, based on official sources.

The United States has the most deaths, with 115,896 followed by Brazil with 43,332, Britain with 41,736, Italy with 34,371 and France with 29,436 fatalities.

- No more hydroxychloroquine in US -

The US Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) withdraws emergency use authorisations for two antimalarial drugs favoured by President Donald Trump, citing their lack of efficacy and safety concerns.

The decision effectively shuts down the two controversial treatments, hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine.

- Oscars postponed -

The 93rd Academy Awards are postponed by eight weeks to April 25, 2021, after the pandemic shutters cinemas and disrupts Hollywood's release calendar.

- Resurgence in Beijing -

More than 100 cases of the novel coronavirus have been officially recorded in a fresh outbreak in Beijing, the World Health Organization says.

The capital steps up measures to fight off a second wave of infections, locking down 21 neighbourhoods and carrying out mass testing.

- Markets slip back -

Stock markets slide on fears that a second wave of virus infections could spark fresh lockdowns and snuff out any economic recovery.

Oil prices also dive, as more pressure on growth threatens to hit demand.

- European borders reopen -

After three months of isolation, more countries reopen their borders to fellow Europeans on Monday, including Belgium, France, Germany and Greece.

Spain experiments with a pilot project, flying in a planeload of German tourists to the Balearic islands.

- Paris gets back to normal -

Paris, Europe's most visited city, starts getting back to normal, with cafes and restaurants finally allowed to fully reopen, and the Eiffel Tower again open to visitors.

- Queues as shops reopen in England -

Large queues form outside shops across England as they open their doors to customers for the first time in nearly three months after lockdown measures are eased.

The shops include thousands of non-essential retailers such as bookstores and electronics outlets.

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