MEXICO CITY – Mexican officials will install health checkpoints at various entry points along its northern border this weekend, as both Mexican and U.S. officials fear a surge of crossings for the July 4 holiday could spread the coronavirus. Mexican consulates across the United States issued warnings last week on social media of the ramped-up measures scheduled for July 2 through July 5, and urged people to refrain from crossing for recreation or tourism. A…"Mexico steps up border checks to keep coronavirus at bay over July 4 holiday"
MEXICO CITY – Mexico’s health ministry on Friday reported 6,740 new confirmed coronavirus infections and 654 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 245,251 cases and 29,843 deaths. The number of new cases was just one less than the record number reported on Thursday. The government has said the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases."Mexico registers 6,740 more coronavirus infections, 654 new deaths"
– Seven-time Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson has become the first NASCAR driver to test positive for COVID-19 and will miss this weekend’s Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Hendrick Motorsports said on Friday. Johnson, who will not return to competition until being cleared by a physician, has not experienced COVID-19 symptoms and was tested upon learning earlier on Friday that his wife had tested positive after having allergy-like symptoms. “My first priority is the…"Jimmie Johnson becomes first NASCAR driver to contract COVID-19"
LONDON – The United Kingdom’s death toll from confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus rose by 137 to 44,131, government figures showed on Friday. The total included a revision for one death which had previously been counted twice."UK death toll from confirmed cases rises to 44,131, up 137"
GENEVA – The World Health Organization expects initial results within two weeks from clinical trials it is conducting of drugs that might be effective in treating COVID-19 patients, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news briefing on Friday. Mike Ryan, head of the WHO’s emergencies programme, said it would be unwise to predict when a COVID-19 vaccine could be ready for mass distribution. While a vaccine candidate might show its effectiveness by year’s…"WHO sees first results from COVID drug trials within two weeks"
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"
NEW DELHI/BENGALURU – The chief of India’s top clinical research agency said in a leaked letter circulated on Friday it envisaged launching a novel coronavirus vaccine by Aug. 15, prompting scepticism from some health experts who questioned the short timeline. Dozens of vaccine candidates are at various stages of development around the world to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. One, from India’s Bharat Biotech and being developed with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), was…"Health experts cast doubt on India’s timeline for COVID vaccine"
SAMUT PRAKAN, Thailand – Thailand’s main international airport unveiled rapid coronavirus tests on Friday for some overseas arrivals after a three-month ban on foreign visitors was partially lifted this month. All foreigners, except those with work permits, have been barred since March, but after more than five weeks with no recorded community transmission of the virus, Thailand is allowing in some groups of foreigners. Business travellers, diplomats and government guests staying for less than 14…"Thailand’s main airport offers rapid coronavirus test for international arrivals"
LONDON/MUMBAI ( Breakingviews) – Corona Capital is a daily column updated throughout the day by Breakingviews columnists around the world with short, sharp pandemic-related insights. LATEST – UK quarantine – Opaque British bailout – Indian drugmakers BONKERS NO MORE. Britain is finally scrapping its poorly conceived 14-day quarantine rule for most new arrivals. The relaxation means people arriving in England from more than 50 countries will no longer have to worry about self-isolating for two…"Breakingviews – Corona Capital: Quarantines, UK bailout, Drugs"
MANILA – The Philippines’ health ministry on Friday reported six additional novel coronavirus deaths and 1,531 more infections, its largest single-day increase in confirmed cases. In a bulletin, the ministry said total cases have risen to 40,336 while deaths have reached 1,280. The previous high was 1,150 cases reported on June 23."Philippines reports 1,531 new coronavirus cases, largest single-day increase"