WHO says worst of pandemic ‘yet to come’: Coronavirus latest

  • Global coronavirus cases now exceed 10 million and more than half a million people have died from the respiratory disease, COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins University. The United States accounts for about a quarter of all deaths.
  • Pakistan’s COVID-19 cases have passed the 200,000 mark after 3,602 new infections were reported on Sunday.
  • The US health secretary Alex Azar has warned the “window is closing” for decisive action to curb the virus as cases there surge.
  • The Australian state of Victoria has found 75 new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours – the highest daily count in two months. Its top health official says the number is “absolutely concerning”.
  • Global coronavirus cases now exceed 10 million and more than half a million people have died from the respiratory disease, COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins University. The United States accounts for about a quarter of all deaths.
  • Pakistan’s COVID-19 cases have passed the 200,000 mark after 3,602 new infections were reported on Sunday.
  • The US health secretary Alex Azar has warned the “window is closing

    19:35 GMT – Bahrain to pay 50 percent of wages for private firms

    Bahrain’s government said it would pay 50 percent of salaries for private company workers in sectors that were hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic, state news agency BNA reported.

    The new payments would start in July and continue for a three-month period, the government said, adding that it would extend its assistance to Bahraini citizens by also paying electricity and water bills.

    Bahrain had said it was spending $570 million on paying salaries to all 100,000 of its citizens employed in the private sector from April to June to help soften the economic blow from the coronavirus outbreak.

    Brazil still faces a “big challenge” in fighting the new coronavirus, said Mike Ryan, head of the WHO emergencies programme.

    He urged federal and state authorities there to work together more closely.

    “There is no question. Brazil is still facing a big challenge,” he said, describing the situation in the Americas generally as “difficult”.

    With more than 1.3 million cases and 57,620 deaths, Brazil is the second-worst hit country in the world by the pandemic.

    ” for decisive action to curb the virus as cases there surge.

  • The Australian state of Victoria has found 75 new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours – the highest daily count in two months. Its top health official says the number is “absolutely concerning”.

    Turkey will extend a wage support system for one month to continue to offset the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic and related lockdowns, said President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

    Speaking after a cabinet meeting, Erdogan said cash aid to low-income families would also be extended for a month.

    He said 18 billion lira ($2.6bn) had been disbursed so far under the two programmes.

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