Catalonia curbs movement of 200,000 people after new coronavirus outbreak

MADRID – Spain’s north-eastern region of Catalonia enforced a new lockdown on more than 200,000 people on Saturday, after several new outbreaks of the coronavirus were detected. Residents in Segria, which includes the city of Lleida, will not be able to leave the area from 12 noon (1000 GMT) on Saturday, but will not be confined to their homes as was the case in Spain’s original strict lockdown in March. “We have decided to confine…

"Catalonia curbs movement of 200,000 people after new coronavirus outbreak"

Mainland China reports three new coronavirus cases

SHANGHAI – China on Saturday reported three new coronavirus cases in the mainland for July 3, compared with five cases a day earlier, the health authority said. Two of the new infections were imported cases, the National Health Commission said in a statement, while the capital Beijing reported one new case. There were no new deaths. China also reported four new asymptomatic patients, the same as a day earlier. As of July 3, mainland China…

"Mainland China reports three new coronavirus cases"

French finance minister urges Daimler to reconsider plan to sell Hambach site

PARIS – French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire urged German carmaker Daimler on Friday to reconsider plans to sell its factory in Hambach, France. The carmaker said earlier on Friday it would seek to sell the factory where it produces electric and combustion-engined variants of its two-seater Smart vehicles, as part of an overhaul of its production system. “Daimler must keep all options open, including keeping the site,” Le Maire said.

"French finance minister urges Daimler to reconsider plan to sell Hambach site"

Spanish minister says all EU COVID-19 debt will be repaid

MADRID – Spanish Economy Minister Nadia Calvino said on Friday that all the debt issued by the European Union to help its member states deal with the consequences of the COVID-19 crisis will eventually be paid back. The debt will be sustainable as it will finance projects to help the EU resume the economic growth that was interrupted by the coronavirus crisis, she said in a virtual panel held by French think tank Cercle des…

"Spanish minister says all EU COVID-19 debt will be repaid"

Brazil PMIs show economic activity shrank in June for fourth straight month

BRASILIA – Economic activity in Brazil contracted significantly in June for a fourth month, a survey of purchasing managers’ activity showed on Friday, as the COVID-19 crisis ensured Latin America’s largest economy ended the second quarter on a weak footing. There was, however, a sharp divergence between manufacturing, which expanded slightly, and the dominant services sector, which remained under severe pressure and shed jobs at the fastest pace on record. IHS Markit’s Brazil services purchasing…

"Brazil PMIs show economic activity shrank in June for fourth straight month"

Euro zone business slump eased in June as lockdowns relaxed

LONDON – The plunge in euro zone business activity caused by lockdowns imposed to stop the spread of the coronavirus eased sharply last month as more businesses reopened and people ventured out, a survey showed on Friday. Around 11 million people have been infected by the virus globally, but as the number of daily reported cases has fallen across much of Europe governments have loosened restrictions on people’s movement. To support ravaged economies the European…

"Euro zone business slump eased in June as lockdowns relaxed"

British government to hold White House-style televised briefings

LONDON – The British government will begin holding daily televised briefings with journalists later this year, throwing open a decades-old behind-closed-doors relationship between reporters and politicians. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the move was to meet public demand for information direct from ministers, building on the perceived success of the government’s daily news conferences during the coronavirus pandemic. “People have liked more direct detailed information from the government about what’s going on,” Johnson told LBC…

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Beijing won’t require proof of COVID-19 test for some residents leaving city

BEIJING – Beijing, starting on Saturday, will no longer require some residents seeking to travel out of the Chinese capital to show proof that they have tested negative for COVID-19, a municipal official said on Friday. Given the declining number of coronavirus cases in the current outbreak, residents from low-risk areas no longer need to provide evidence that they have tested negative, Pan Xuhong, spokesman of the Beijing Public Security Bureau, said at a regular…

"Beijing won’t require proof of COVID-19 test for some residents leaving city"

China says artificial blocks to bilateral cooperation will harm India

BEIJING – China said on Friday that artificial blocks to bilateral cooperation would harm India’s interests and that the two countries should work together to uphold peace in their border region. Beijing will take necessary measures to uphold the rights of Chinese businesses in India, foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a news briefing.

"China says artificial blocks to bilateral cooperation will harm India"