‘Decisive measures’ in Beijing as coronavirus cases spike

  • China has turned to mass testing and district lockdowns in Beijing after a jump in cases connected with a wholesale food market in the capital.

  • Australia is looking to infrastructure spending to boost its economy – the country is facing its first recession in 30 years as a result of the coronavirus.

  • More than 7.9 million people around the world have been confirmed to have the coronavirus. Nearly 3.8 million have recovered, while at least 433,394 have died, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The US, Brazil and the UK have recorded the most deaths, while the US, Brazil and Russia have confirmed the most cases.

  • Monday, June 15

    07:45 GMT – Greece welcomes foreign visitors, restarts summer tourism

    Greece reopened its main airports to more international flights, hoping to kick-start its vital tourism sector after three months in lockdown.

    Tourism employs about 700,000 people and accounts for some 20 percent of Greece’s economic output, so how the sector fares is significant for the country’s recovery. Greece emerged from a decade-long debt crisis two years ago.

  • Passengers arriving from airports deemed high-risk by the European Union’s aviation safety agency will be tested for the coronavirus and quarantined up to 14 days, depending on the test result.

    Restrictions remain for passengers from Britain and Turkey. Arrivals from other airports will be randomly tested.

    07:30 GMT – Djokovic tennis event gets flak over coronavirus fear

    A charity tennis event organised by men’s top-ranked player Novak Djokovic that drew big crowds over the weekend has sparked criticism for its lack of safety precautions amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    Thousands of fans were seated closely inside the stadium and without face masks as top players were seen giving high fives and hugging on court in the Serbian capital, Belgrade.

  • Passengers arriving from airports deemed high-risk by the European Union’s aviation safety agency will be tested for the coronavirus and quarantined up to 14 days, depending on the test result.

    Restrictions remain for passengers from Britain and Turkey. Arrivals from other airports will be randomly tested.

    07:30 GMT – Djokovic tennis event gets flak over coronavirus fear

    A charity tennis event organised by men’s top-ranked player Novak Djokovic that drew big crowds over the weekend has sparked criticism for its lack of safety precautions amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    Thousands of fans were seated closely inside the stadium and without face masks as top players were seen giving high fives and hugging on court in the Serbian capital, Belgrade.

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    06:30 GMT – Over 50 India journalists targeted during lockdown

    At least 55 journalists faced arrest, physical assaults, alleged destruction of properties and threats for reporting on COVID-19 or exercising freedom of opinion and expression during India’s lockdown from 25 March to 31 May 2020, The Rights and Risks Analysis Group (RRAG) said in its report.

    “India has become the riskiest place for the journalists in the world. It did not take a long time for the State and political activists to allege the journalists from acting prejudicial to maintenance of harmony to prejudicial to prejudicial to the national integrity, sovereignty and security of India.” Suhas Chakma, Director of the RRAG said.

    The highest number of attacks in the media persons was reported from Uttar Pradesh (11 journalists), followed by Jammu & Kashmir (6 journalists) and Himachal Pradesh (5 journalists).

    05:30 GMT –

    I’m handing the blog to my colleagues in Doha shortly. A quick recap of events over the past few hours.

    Lockdowns are being imposed in parts of Beijing and mass testing is underway in the Chinese capital amid a continuing spike in cases centred around the city’s major wholesale food market. South Korea is also monitoring clusters emerging in Seoul.

    Australia is hoping an infrastructure boom will help it recover from its coronavirus-induced recession – its first in 30 years, while countries in Europe continue to relax their lockdowns with shops and airlines resuming business.

    05:05 GMT – Coronavirus case updates

    A number of countries have been updating their data.

    Thailand has reported no new cases or deaths, and its 21st day without local transmission. All recent cases have been found in Thai people returning from overseas.

    In Europe, the Czech Republic says total cases have now risen above 10,000. Germany, meanwhile, has reported 192 new cases bringing its total to 186,461. It also reported four more deaths.

    04:15 GMT – England’s high street shops to reopen on Monday after 83-day closure

    Shops in England are set to reopen on Monday after being forced to close for 83 days because of the coronavirus.

    They will have to abide by social distancing rules that will limit the number of customers and make it more difficult for people to try on clothes, test furniture and browse books.

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