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Weekly Coronavirus Report: What Happened Today

Around the World Today:

  • India reported another record single-day jump of more than 6,500 cases, bringing the country’s total number of confirmed cases to 158,333, even as the two-month lockdown was due to ease on May 31.

  • South Korea reported its biggest spike in coronavirus cases in more than 50 days, marking a setback after the country won praise for initially bringing its epidemic under control. The resurgent spike of 79 new cases was linked to workers at a massive logistics warehouse in Seoul, operated by a local e-commerce giant.

  • The World Health Organization announced the creation of a foundation for new sources of funding. WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus said it would ease a potential financial shortage and that funds will go towards all of the agency’s projects, including vaccine research and preparing for future pandemics.

  • Coronavirus cases in Iraq surpassed 5,000, with the vast majority of new cases recorded in Baghdad. The country also reported 175 coronavirus deaths.

  • The coronavirus death toll in Russia passed 4,000. Despite the increasing number of deaths and infections, from June 1 Moscow planned to begin "Phase 1" of easing its lockdown, with some non-food stores and businesses re-opening.

  • The Texas Supreme Court blocked an effort by Democrats in the state to expand voting by mail, ruling that lack of immunity to COVID-19 does not qualify a person to apply for a mail-in ballot.

  • Data released by the Department of Labor showed that more than 2.1 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits for the first time last week, the 10th straight week that jobless claims have been in the millions.

  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that he is signing an executive order authorizing businesses to deny entry to people who do not wear a mask or face covering.

  • The Premier League announced that its 2019-20 season will resume on June 17 after a 100-day hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a plan to further relax England’s coronavirus restrictions, allowing some outdoor vendors to reopen and increasing the number of people those in England can meet in parks or private gardens.

  • Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced that the city will begin reopening on June 3. Child care centers, libraries, hotels, hair salons, and barber shops, dentist offices and other health care centers, and non-essential retail businesses will be among those allowed to open as long as safety guidelines are followed. Restaurants and coffee shops will be open for outdoor dining only.

  • The Boston Athletic Association announced that the Boston Marathon will be held as a virtual event this year.

  • Missouri Gov. Mike Parson delayed rolling out the second phase of the state’s reopening plan, saying the extension would give some communities “more time to prepare.”

  • San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced an order requiring nearly everyone to wear a mask when they're not at home — including runners, people on bicycles, and generally anyone who is within 30 feet of another person not in their household.

  • The United Nations confirmed that its annual climate summit, COP 26, will be pushed back to November 2021, delayed by one year, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

  • French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced that most restaurants, parks, and schools will progressively reopen from June 2, after nearly two months in lockdown.

  • The Philippines saw its highest daily spike in coronavirus cases, but President Rodrigo Duterte pressed ahead with easing one of the world's toughest and longest lockdowns.

Sources: The COVID Tracking Project and NBC News


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