German districts under lockdown after coronavirus outbreak

  • German authorities have ordered two new lockdowns for the entire districts of Warendorf and Guetersloh. The move came after a coronavirus outbreak at a slaughterhouse infected more than 1,500 workers.
  •  Saudi Arabia will limit the number of domestic pilgrims attending the Hajj to around 1,000 after barring Muslims abroad from the rite for the first year in modern times.
  • Worldwide, more than 9 million people have been confirmed to have the coronavirus. More than 4.5 million have recovered, while more than 472,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.Egypt will lift on Saturday a three-month, night-time curfew despite the number of new infections keeps increasing.

    Restaurants and cafes will also be allowed to operate at a fourth of their capacity and remain open until 10pm local time (20:00 GMT), while mosques and churches will be open for daily praying but not for end-of-week prayers or services attended by larger crowds.

    While announcing the new relaxing measures, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly acknowledged that infections were rising but insisted that citizens will have to learn to live with the pandemic as the government seeks to limit the impact on the economy.

    “We still have the ability to absorb the current numbers and we also have an existing reserve of hospitals; the armed forces and the police hospitals,” he said, adding the measures could be revoked if people did not follow the rules.

    15:06 GMT – UK latest figures

    The number of people in Britain who have died after being confirmed to have COVID-19 has risen to 42,927, from 42,647 the day before, according to health officials.

    The increase includes 171 new deaths reported as of 1600 GMT on June 22, plus 109 deaths that occurred in April, May and June which had been reclassified as caused by COVID-19.

    14:48 GMT – Russia to raise taxes on high earners: Putin

    Russia will increase by two percentage points taxes for high earners, said President Vladimir Putin.

    He said the tax rate will rise from 13 percent to 15 percent on incomes over five million rubles ($73,000) from January 1.

    The move – which would be the first hike since a flat tax rate was introduced in 2001 – came as the Russian leader laid out measures to tackle the economic fallout of the coronavirus.

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