Wednesday, 10 June 2020 19:16

 

Summary of Latest Developments.

 

The global economy is set to contract by 6 percent in 2020, according to the OECD. 

India recorded 9,985 cases in one day and 274 deaths, as the country emerges from a two-month lockdown.

Concerns are growing about a second wave of coronavirus infections in the US, with 22 states reporting weekly increases in coronavirus cases.

China has dismissed as "ridiculous" a Harvard Medical School study that suggested the coronavirus could have been circulating in Wuhan as early as August. Scientists have also said it offers no convincing evidence of when the outbreak began.

Nearly 7.2 million people have now been confirmed to have the coronavirus and nearly 409,000 have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The United States, the United Kingdom and Brazil have recorded the highest death tolls. The US, Brazil and Russia have the most cases.

 

Here are the latest updates:

 

Gauteng education department head offices closed after 2 staffers test positive for Covid-19.

Two buildings at the Gauteng Department of Education's head offices have been closed after two staff members tested positive for Covid-19. 

In a statement, the department said affected employees along with their families were receiving support and World Health Organisation protocols were being followed.

The offices will be disinfected from Thursday and staff will be able to return to their workstations on Monday.

"It is important to note that all other staff members who were in contact with the said officials are testing and will follow all protocols to prevent the spread of the virus. Two buildings, No 17 Simmonds Street as well as 26 and 30 Loveday Street, will be closed with immediate effect for fogging and disinfection which will take place on 11 and 12 June 2020," spokesperson Steve Mabona said in the statement.

Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has wished the staffers who tested positive a speedy recovery.

 

Cases in Africa top 200,000.

The number of COVID-19 cases in Africa has reached 202,782, the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said.

According to the latest data, 5,516 fatalities have been recorded in 54 countries so far, while recoveries have increased to 90,779.

The total number of active cases on the continent now stands at 106,487, Africa CDC said. 

 

Impact of seasons on coronavirus unclear, WHO's Ryan says.

It is unclear how the arrival of winter in the southern hemisphere will impact the novel coronavirus, the head of the World Health Organization's emergencies programme Mike Ryan said.

"We don't know how the coronavirus is going to be," Ryan said during a virtual press conference. "Right now, we have no data to suggest that the virus will behave more aggressively or transmit more efficiently or not," Ryan said, adding that the impact of summer's arrival in the northern hemisphere was also unclear.

"We cannot rely on an expectation that the season or the temperature will be the answer to (the disease's spread)," he said. 

 

Italy reports 71 deaths, 202 new cases.

Deaths from the COVID-19 epidemic in Italy climbed by 71, against 79 the day before, the Civil Protection Agency said, while the daily tally of new cases fell to 202 from 283 on Tuesday.

The total death toll now stands at 34,114, the agency said, the fourth highest in the world after those of the United States, Britain and Brazil.

The number of confirmed cases amounts to 235,763, the seventh highest global tally behind those of the United States, Russia, Brazil, Spain, Britain and India.

 

Nobel winner Mukwege quits local DR Congo virus team over problems.

Nobel winner Denis Mukwege said he had resigned as head of a coronavirus taskforce in an eastern province of DR Congo, blaming organisational problems, outpaced strategy and slow testing.     

In a statement, he said there had been "weaknesses in organisation and clarity between the various teams in charge of the response to the pandemic in South Kivu."   

"We are at the start of an exponential ... curve [in infections] and we can no longer apply a strategy that would be purely preventive," Mukwege said.

"I have decided to resign ... in order to devote myself entirely to my medical duties and to treat the influx of patients at Panzi hospital."  

 

Major League Soccer to restart season on July 8.

Major League Soccer will restart the season on July 8, after being shut down for almost three months by the outbreak, by staging a tournament without fans at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, it said.

"We are pleased to team up with Disney to relaunch the 2020 MLS season and get back to playing soccer," MLS Commissioner Don Garber added in a statement.

"The opportunity to have all 26 clubs in a controlled environment enables us to help protect the health of our players, coaches and staff as we return to play."

All 26 clubs will take part in what is being billed as the "MLS is Back Tournament" that will run until Aug. 11.

Source:News Agencies.