June 29, 2020
The number of Covid-19 cases across the globe has passed 10 million with over half a million deaths.
A million new cases were recorded in the last six days, causing worries among health officials of a second wave.
The United States, which is the hardest-hit with more than 2.5 million cases and over 125,000 deaths has been under pressure as its effort to jump-start its economy was hampered by a surge of new infections in key states such as Florida and California.
In California, the authorities have reimposed some restrictions such as ordering entertainment outlets to close down and issuing stay-at-home orders in some areas.
Miami has also closed its beaches and bars until after the July 4 holiday weekend, while Texas, which is among the first states to reopen has also ordered entertainment outlets to be closed again.
The pandemic is also still raging throughout South America with Brazil being the worst with over 1.3 million cases.
The number of infections is also surging in India, as it set a daily record of 18,500 new cases and 385 deaths on Saturday.
India has now recorded over 509,000 cases wit more than 15,600 deaths.
In China, the authorities have reimposed a lockdown on nearly half a million people in parts of Beijing after fresh Covid-19 cases were detected in the city.
The same may be happening in the English city of Leicester as authorities there warned that they may have to shut it down and placed its population of 340,000 under a lock-down due to a spike in cases.
The United Kingdom is now Europe’s worst-hit country, with more than 43,000 deaths.
The surge in new Covid-19 cases has also caused the European Union to postpone its plan to provide a list of “safe countries” that travellers can visit.
Officials in Iran, which is the worst-hit in the Middle East said they are once again making it mandatory for members of the public to wear mask in certain areas due to the spike of new cases.