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Coronavirus: latest global developments

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Filed on June 20, 2020 | Last updated on June 20, 2020 at 01.13 am
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A passenger wearing a protective suit, waits to check-in for a flight to Washington D.C. at the Istanbul Airport, during the first day of resumed Turkish Airlines flights to the U.S. amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Istanbul, Turkey June 19, 2020.


The novel coronavirus is surging in the Americas and parts of Asia, as previous epicentre Europe starts to ease its restrictive measures.

Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis.

- 'New and dangerous phase' -

The World Health Organization (WHO) warns of a "new and dangerous phase" of the pandemic.

"Many people are understandably fed up with being at home... but the virus is still spreading fast," WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says.

The novel coronavirus is surging in the Americas and parts of Asia, as previous epicentre Europe starts to ease its restrictive measures. 

- EU hammers out recovery plan -

Deeply divided European Union leaders will meet in person as they race against the clock after weeks of video talks to negotiate a post-coronavirus economic recovery plan by the end of July.

The 27 held a video summit to discuss a proposal for a 750-billion-euro (Dh3.1 trillion) rescue fund that, if accepted, would mark a historic milestone for EU unity.

"It's no exaggeration to say we are facing the biggest economic challenge in the history of the European Union," Chancellor Angela Merkel says after the summit.

- More than 456,000 dead -

The pandemic has killed at least 456,630 people worldwide since it surfaced in China late last year, according to an AFP tally at 1900 GMT (11pm UAE) on Friday, based on official sources.

The United States has the most deaths with 118,758, followed by Brazil with 47,748, Britain with 42,461, Italy with 34,561 and France with 29,617 fatalities.

- 'Warning signs' in Italy -

Italy's top health agency urges caution after last week seeing "warning signs" of new coronavirus transmission, especially over outbreaks of cases in Rome.

- Easing...and toughening lockdowns -

Ireland plans to accelerate the lifting of its lockdown, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar says, with churches, hairdressers, cinemas, theatres and gyms to reopen on June 29, ahead of schedule.

Switzerland also announces that gatherings of up to 1,000 people will be permitted next week.

However Ukraine says it is considering reimposing restrictions in several regions as infections surged after the country lifted its lockdown.

- Cyprus eases entry -

Cyprus further eases its entry restrictions, adding EU partners France, Italy and Spain, and nearby Lebanon, to a list of countries allowed entry, meaning flights will now be allowed from over 30 countries.

- Virus-hit carrier's captain fired -

The US Navy says it will not reinstate Admiral Michael Gilday, the captain of a coronavirus-stricken aircraft carrier, saying he was in part to blame for the severity of the crisis on the warship.

- BMW slashes jobs -

German high-end car-maker BMW will slash 6,000 of its over 120,000 jobs worldwide this year, a spokesman says, as the industry battles a demand trough and production setbacks from the pandemic.

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