Washington: Global coronavirus cases now exceed 10 million and more than half a million people have died from respiratory disease, COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The United States accounts for about a quarter of all deaths. 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”.
As cases soar in the US, more states decide to halt easing lockdown measures. Arizona abruptly reverses course on reopening its economy as coronavirus cases spike there and nationwide. With July 4 celebrations approaching, Texas and parts of California also direct bars to close again.
The EU has named 14 countries whose citizens can enter from 1 July, but the US, Brazil and China are excluded.
Stricter lockdown measures have been announced in the British city of Leicester because of a rise in cases globally۔ There are 10.2m cases and there have been more than 504,000 virus-linked deaths.