Global coronavirus death toll surges past 400,000: Live updates

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Global cases of the novel coronavirus topped seven million as case numbers surge in Brazil and India, according to a Reuters tally. About 30 percent of those cases, or two million infections, are in the US. Latin America has the second-largest outbreak, with more 15 percent of cases. Global deaths are approaching 400,000. Approximately three million people have recovered.

Brazil has removed from public view months of data on its COVID-19 epidemic, as President Jair Bolsonaro defended delays and changes to official record-keeping of the world's second-largest outbreak. At least 36,000 people have died of the coronavirus in the country.

Indonesia has reported nearly 993 new cases, a new single-day high for the country that brought its total caseload past 30,000, with 1,801 deaths - the most in Southeast Asia - as the government unveiled an enhanced stimulus package worth $47.6bn.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has changed its position on face masks and is now encouraging people to wear them in crowded places, citing anecdotal evidence that supports their value in stopping the spread of the coronavirus.

Here are the latest updates:

June 7, Sunday 08:30 GMT - Malaysia to reopen most economic activity with virus outbreak 'under control'

Malaysia said it would reopen nearly all economic activity and allow interstate travel starting June 10, lifting coronavirus restrictions imposed nearly three months ago as it moves to revive an economy battered by the pandemic.

Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced in a televised address the novel coranvirus outbreak was "successfully" under control and Malaysia would begin a new recovery phase until August 31.

"I am aware the government cannot control your lives forever to control the virus," Yassin said.

08:10 GMT - Migrant worker virus exodus plunges India's factories into crisis

An acute shortage of workers has turned the roar of machines to a soft hum at a footwear factory near New Delhi, just one of thousands in India struggling to restart after an exodus of migrant workers during the virus lockdown.

India is slowly emerging from strict containment measures imposed in late March as leaders look to revive the battered economy, but manufacturers don't have enough workers to man the machinery.

The big cities - once an attractive destination for workers from poor, rural regions -- have been hit by reverse migration as millions of labourers flee back to their far-flung home villages, some uncertain if they will ever return.

07:40 GMT - China will make any vaccine 'global public goods'

Chinese officials on Sunday promised to make any Chinese vaccine "global public goods" once available.

Minister of Science and Technology Wang Zhigang said China is involved in international cooperation on vaccine development and clinical trials.

Wang made the comment at a news conference to release a report on the nation's response to the coronavirus pandemic.

AP investigation: China withheld COVID-19 information

07:10 GMT - Bangladesh’s minister tests positive for coronavirus

A Bangladeshi minister tested positive for the novel coronavirus, local media reported.

Bir Bahadur Ushwe Sing, the Chittagong hill tracts affairs minister, is the first in the country's cabinet to have tested positive for the virus.

"Minister Bir Bahadur Ushwe Sing was suffering from coronavirus like symptoms for the last nine days and we got confirmation on Saturday night that he had contracted COVID-19," Dr Aung Swi Prue Marma, a civil surgeon at Bandarban district, told Anadolu Agency.

06:50 GMT - Australian anti-racism protestors defying health rulels 'self-indulgent' - minister

Australians who defied public health rules and rallied in support of the US "Black Lives Matter" movement were reckless and self-indulgent, Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said.

More than 20,000 people protested in Sydney and other cities on Saturday, in solidarity with U.S. anger over the death of a black man in police custody and calling for an end to similar deaths of indigenous Australians.

"I think it is incredibly selfish," Cormann told Sky News. "It's incredibly self-indulgent."

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Cormann said the protesters risked a second outbreak of the novel coronavirus [Al Jazeera]

06:20 GMT - OPEC, allies agree to extend deep output cuts through July

OPEC members, led by Saudi Arabia, and other key oil producers agreed Saturday to extend historic output cuts through July, as oil prices tentatively recover and coronavirus lockdowns ease.

The 13-member cartel and its allies, notably Russia, decided to extend by a month deep May and June cuts agreed in April to boost prices, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries said in a statement.

But Mexico, which had already made clear ahead of the talks that it "could not adjust... production further", announced that it would not be complying. 

05:55 GMT - China denies delay in sharing virus information - AP

The Chinese health minister denied delays in sharing coronavirus information in response to an Associated Press investigation that found the World Health Organization (WHO) was frustrated by a lack of transparency by Beijing during the early days of the virus outbreak.

At a news conference on Sunday, where China issued an official report on the fight against COVID-19, Ma Xiaowei, director of China's National Health Commission, denied China stalled or attempted a cover-up during the virus outbreak, saying the AP report "seriously violated the facts".

"It took time to accumulate evidence, deepen understanding, and grasp the characteristics of the novel coronavirus," Ma said.

A scientist works in the lab of Linqi Zhang on research into novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) antibodies for possible use in a drug at Tsinghua University in Beijing

The internal recordings of WHO meetings, documents and interviews AP obtained showed China sat on releasing the genome of the virus for more than a week after the data had been fully decoded [File: Thomas Peter/Reuters]

05:35 GMT - US CDC reports 1,891,690 coronavirus cases

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 1,891,690 cases of the new coronavirus as of the end of Saturday, an increase of 29,034 cases from its previous count, and said the number of deaths had risen by 1,128 to 109,192.

04:55 GMT - Thailand reports eight new cases, zero new deaths for 13 days in a row

Thailand on Sunday reported eight new cases and no new deaths, taking its total to 3,112 infections and 58 deaths since the outbreak began in January.

The new cases were returnees - five from the United Arab Emirates, two from Kuwait and one from India - and had been in quarantine, where most of Thailand's recent cases have been detected, said Panprapa Yongtrakul, an assistant spokeswoman for the government's COVID-19 Administration Centre.

Thailand has recorded zero new deaths for 13 days in a row, she said.

04:39 GMT - Shanghai drug company begins human test for COVID-19 drug

Shanghai Junshi Biosciences has started an early-stage study to test its potential antibody treatment against coronavirus in healthy people, Reuters reported on Sunday quoting the official paper Liberation Daily's online channel.

The experimental drug, JS016, is expected to begin human study in the United States in the second quarter of this year, through collaboration with Eli Lilly and Co, with which Junshi announced a partnership last month.

04:18 GMT - Germany's confirmed coronavirus cases rise by 301 to 183,979

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 301 to 183,979, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Sunday.

The reported death toll rose by 22 to 8,668, the tally showed.

03:27 GMT - El Salvador's Bukele sustains veto of coronavirus legislation

Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele has for the second time vetoed emergency legislation passed to regulate the Central American country's coronavirus policy and usher in a gradual reopening of its economy, his legal team said.

Bukele's legal counsel, Conan Castro, said Bukele had vetoed the law backed on May 30 by Congress because it breached a number of constitutional guarantees including the rights and health of workers and cooperation between organs of government.

Bukele, who has been at loggerheads with Congress for weeks over coronavirus policy, had vetoed a similar law in May on the grounds it put the public's health at risk. El Salvador has about 2,934 coronavirus cases and 53 deaths reported.

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El Salvador has about 2,934 coronavirus cases and 53 deaths reported [Jose Cabezas/Reuters]

03:03 GMT - China would make a coronavirus vaccine a "global public good"

China will increase international cooperation if it succeeds in developing a novel coronavirus vaccine, the science and technology minister said on Sunday.

China would make a vaccine a "global public good" when it is ready, Minister Wang Zhigang was quoted as saying by Reuters news agency during a news conference in Beijing.

02:32 GMT - Brazil takes down COVID-19 data, hiding soaring death toll

Brazil has removed from public view months of data on its COVID-19 epidemic, as President Jair Bolsonaro defended delays and changes to official record-keeping of the world's second-largest coronavirus outbreak.

Brazil's Health Ministry removed the data from a website that had documented the epidemic over time and by state and municipality.

The ministry also stopped giving a total count of confirmed cases, which have shot past 672,000 - more than anywhere outside the US - or a total death toll, which passed Italy this week, nearing 36,000 by Saturday.

"The cumulative data ... does not reflect the moment the country is in," Bolsonaro said on Twitter, citing a note from the ministry. "Other actions are under way to improve the reporting of cases and confirmation of diagnoses."

Bolsonaro has downplayed the dangers of the pandemic, replaced medical experts in the health ministry with military officials and argued against state lockdowns, hobbling the country's public health response.

02:06 GMT - Second day of 50-plus cases in South Korea virus spike

South Korea has reported 57 additional cases of the coronavirus, marking a second day in a row that its daily jump is above 50, as authorities struggle to suppress a spike in new infections in the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area, the Associated Press news agency reported.

Figures released on Sunday by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention took the country's total to 11,776 cases, with 273 deaths. The agency says 10,552 people have recovered while 951 remain in treatment.

South Korea's caseload peaked in late February and early March, but a later significant easing amid aggressive tracing, testing and treatment prompted authorities to loosen strict social distancing rules. The country has since seen an increase in new infections, mostly in the Seoul region.

01:43 GMT - China reports six new COVID-19 cases, five asymptomatic cases

China reported six new cases of the novel coronavirus on Sunday, three more than the previous day.

Five of the new cases, recorded by late Saturday, involved travellers arriving from abroad, the National Health Commission (NHC) said on its website. One locally transmitted case was found in the southern island province of Hainan.

The NHC also confirmed five new asymptomatic cases, or people who are infected with the virus but do not show symptoms, compared with two the previous day.

The total number of infections in China, where the virus first emerged late last year, stands at 83,036. With no new deaths reported, the death toll remained 4,634.

01:34 GMT - Brazil reports 904 new coronavirus deaths in 24 hours -health ministry

Brazil reported an additional 904 coronavirus deaths and 27,075 new cases over the last 24 hours, Reuters news agency reported on Sunday, quoting the country's health ministry.

The country has registered 35,930 total coronavirus deaths and 672,846 confirmed cases.

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Brothers Carlos Alexandre and Wagner Cardninot, attend the burial on Saturday of their father, 76- year-old Jose Herminio de Farias, who died from COVID-19 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil [Pilar Olivares/Reuters]

01:08 GMT - Sri Lanka to reopen for international tourism on August 1

Sri Lanka says it will reopen for international tourists starting August 1 after a "successful containment" of the novel coronavirus.

The country's airports had been closed since March because of the global pandemic.

Sri Lanka Tourism said in a statement on Saturday that all precautionary measures recommended by global health and travel authorities have been put in place to keep visitors and residents safe.

Sri Lanka has reported 1,810 confirmed cases, including 11 deaths.

00:34 GMT - Mexico reports 3,593 new cases, 341 new fatalities

Mexico's health ministry has reported 3,593 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infection and 341 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 113,619 cases and 13,511 deaths.

The government said the real number of infections is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases.

00:01 GMT - Russia reports second-highest one-day death toll

Russia has reported its second-highest one-day death toll even as the number of new coronavirus infections remained steady.

The national coronavirus task force said 197 people died during the past day, sharply up from 144 a day earlier. The highest one-day death toll was 232 on May 29.

There were 8,855 new infection cases overall. Russia has recorded more than 458,000 cases, including 5,725 deaths.


Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera's continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I'm Ted Regencia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

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