Coronavirus live: UK health leaders issue second wave warning, EU plans to bar US travellers

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US, Russia, Brazil on draft list of countries banned from travelling to bloc from 1 July: EU source

UK health leaders warn of ‘real risk’ of second wave of COVID-19 infections with local flare-ups likely

Scientists repeat warnings as Johnson announces England lockdown easing plan from July 4

Top US expert warns of ‘disturbing surge’ in coronavirus infections in some American states

Trump uses racist language as he again downplays seriousness of pandemic

Bulgaria’s PM fined for breaking his own government’s rules by not wearing mask

Germany and Portugal reimpose local lockdowns amid spike in infections

Djokovic ‘sorry’ as tennis champion and wife test positive for COVID-19

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28 migrants rescued in Mediterranean test positive for COVID-19: Governor

Sicily governor Nello Musumeci said on Wednesday that 28 migrants rescued at sea have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.The migrants are currently being held on a ship in Porto Empedocle.Musumeci said the cases show he was right to call on the Italian government to impose special at-sea quarantine measures for migrants.

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Swissport to cut half of UK workforce

Airport-ground service company Swissport said on Wednesday that 4,556 jobs are at risk at UK airports including Heathrow and Gatwick because of the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on air travel.The company faces a loss of 50 per cent of revenue this year.Chief Executive James Holt said that Swissport has weathered “tough times before” but that it has “never seen anything like COVID-19 in our lifetimes”.”There is no escaping the fact that the industry is smaller than it was, and it will remain so for some time to come,” he added.12:26

Fauci refutes Trump’s testing claims amid ‘disturbing surge’ of US cases

The United States is seeing a “disturbing surge” in coronavirus infections in a number of states, the nation’s top infectious disease official has warned.
The next few weeks will be critical to stem the new outbreaks, Dr Anthony Fauci told the US Congress on Tuesday, issuing a plea for people to avoid crowds and wear masks in public.
Cases of COVID-19 are now rising in about half of the country’s states, with California, Texas and Arizona reporting record rates of hospitalisations. Several states – including Arizona, California, Mississippi, Nevada and Texas – have set single-day records.
Dr. Fauci also shot down a claim from President Trump that his team had agreed to reduce testing.
“To my knowledge, none of us have ever been told to slow down on testing. That just is a fact. In fact, we will be doing more testing.”

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Coronavirus live: UK health leaders issue second wave warning, EU plans to bar US travellers

Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci testified on the US coronavirus response on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 23, 2020 -Copyright Kevin Dietsch/Pool via AP

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Germany’s spike in COVID-19 numbers leads to local lockdowns

Lockdown measures have been re-introduced in two districts in the Rhine North-Westphalia after a spike in coronavirus cases.The lockdown affects more than half a million people.11:54

US, Russia, Brazil on draft list of countries banned from travelling to bloc from 1 July: EU source

The United States is on a list of countries whose travellers will be barred from entry to the bloc after external borders are reopened, Euronews understands from an EU source. (See earlier blog entry).

Other countries to be excluded according to a draft list that will be finalised later on Wednesday include Russia, Brazil and Qatar. An official announcement is expected early next week.

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Coronavirus live: UK health leaders issue second wave warning, EU plans to bar US travellers

COVID-19: EU plans to bar US travellers when external borders reopen

European Union officials are drawing up lists detailing which countries whose travellers the bloc could allow in — and those who will still be refused entry — when the EU’s external borders are reopened on July 1.

11:42

France rushes aid to stem virus in French Guiana

The French government is sending medics and aid to the South American territory of French Guiana amid a surge in virus infections there, AP reports.

The French military has ferried patients from Guiana, which borders Brazil, to hospitals in the French Caribbean island of Martinique.

The minister for overseas territories, Anick Girardin, traveled to Guiana on Tuesday and promised more aid, saying “the state will be there for you,” according to local broadcaster Guyane 1er.

She said she would discuss the possibility of reimposing confinement measures for the territory’s 300,000 people and cancelling upcoming elections to stem the spread.

The R number, which indicates how many people will be contaminated on average by an infected person, is above 2 in French Guiana, according to the national health agency, which called the situation “very worrying.”

Guiana has reported more than 2,500 infections, compared to 161,000 in all of France. The number of virus patients hospitalized in Guiana has been rising steadily in recent days even as the number on the mainland and in other territories steadily falls.

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EU ponders which travellers to allow in from July

European Union officials are drawing up lists detailing which countries whose travellers the bloc could allow in — and those who will still be refused entry — when the EU’s external borders are reopened on July 1.

Euronews understands from an EU source that draft lists are to be finalised today. An official announcement is expected early next week.

When EU guidelines were released two weeks ago officials said the list would take into account the infection rate in countries concerned. The criteria are based on epidemiological data: 47 countries are in the list of acceptable countries; travellers from 54 nations are likely still to be barred from the bloc.

The New York Times says that according to draft lists it has seen, EU countries may be prepared to block travellers from the United States where the pandemic has not been controlled.

The US has had more than 120,000 COVID-19 deaths and over 2.3 million cases according to the Johns Hopkins University, with new surges of infections reported in several US states.

Here’s our story from earlier this month giving the background:

Coronavirus live: UK health leaders issue second wave warning, EU plans to bar US travellers

EU’s external borders ‘should reopen from July 1’

euronewsBrussels is calling on EU countries to open borders to travellers from outside the bloc from July 1.

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09:27

German health minister warns virus remains a risk

Germany’s health minister has warned that the coronavirus “spreads very, very quickly again” if conditions are made “too easy”.

Jens Spahn was speaking after lockdown restrictions were reimposed on two local areas in North Rhine-Westphalia after an outbreak at a meatpacking plant.

Guetersloh and Warendorf are the first areas in the country to have lockdown measures implemented again since restrictions were progressively eased from late April.

“If we make it too easy for this virus, it spreads very, very quickly again – we’re not only seeking that in Guetersloh – we’ve also seen it in Goettinghen, in Leer, in Bremen and at churches and family celebrations,” Spahn told broadcaster ARD.

“That’s why it’s important to keep making clear that although the numbers were low over many weeks, this virus is still there.”

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Russia to stage WWII parade despite pandemic

Russia will held a grandiose military parade in Moscow’s Red Square today to celebrate victory over Nazi Germany in World War II, just ahead of a constitutional referendum designed to extend President Putin’s powers.The ceremony involving 13,000 soldiers and 200 military vehicles was due to have taken place on May 9, and the constitutional vote on April 22, but both were postponed amid the coronavirus pandemic.Only a few foreign leaders will attend.Russia is still recording thousands of new COVID-19 cases every day and has reported nearly 600,000 in all according to the Johns Hopkins University — the third-highest in the world.

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