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"
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"
MOSCOW – Russia on Friday reported 6,718 new cases of the novel coronavirus, taking the nationwide tally of infections to 667,883. The country’s coronavirus crisis response centre said 176 people had died in the last 24 hours, bringing the official death toll to 9,859."Russia reports 6,718 new coronavirus infections"
MOSCOW – Russia’s mortality rate has risen by an estimated 1.5-2% since the beginning of 2020 due to the coronavirus outbreak, Health Minister Mikhail Murashko was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency on Friday. He did not specify a point of comparison for the data. As of Thursday, Russia had reported 661,165 coronavirus cases and 9,683 deaths."Russia’s mortality rate up 1.5-2% since start of 2020: Ifax cites health minister"
– Chicago will quarantine for 14 days all arrivals from U.S. states where coronavirus cases are surging, its Public Health Commissioner said late on Thursday, as the country reported a record number of new infections. Allison Arwady said the directive will take effect on Monday. It currently covers 15 states, including California, Florida, Texas and Arizona, and it makes provision for adding or removing states as their coronavirus caseloads change, according to the city’s official…"Chicago to quarantine all arrivals from U.S. states with COVID-19 surges"
TOKYO – There is no need to reintroduce a state of emergency, Japan’s top government spokesman said on Friday, the day after coronavirus cases in Tokyo rose to a two-month high. New daily cases in the capital have exceeded 50 over the last week, with Thursday’s 107 cases a record following the lifting of the state of emergency on May 25. The rise is concentrated among people in their twenties and thirties, Chief Cabinet Secretary…"Japan will not revive state of emergency as Tokyo COVID-19 cases rise"
– New U.S. COVID-19 cases rose by over 50,000 on Thursday, setting a record for a third consecutive day, according to a tally. New infections rose in 37 out of 50 U.S. states in the past 14 days compared with the two weeks prior in early June, according to a analysis. Florida reported the biggest increase of any state so far on Thursday, recording over 10,000 new cases in a single day. Florida, with 21…"U.S. coronavirus cases rise by over 50,000, setting record for third day in a row"
– Biotech firm Moderna Inc could reap tens of billions of dollars in sales and stock appreciation if it wins the race for a COVID-19 vaccine. If it loses, the early-stage company’s value could crash. In the meantime, the firm’s chief executive is pocketing millions of dollars every month by selling shares that have tripled in price on news of Moderna’s development progress, a analysis of corporate filings shows. The sales – by CEO Stéphane…"How Moderna execs are cashing in on COVID-19 vaccine stock speculation"
– Texas Republican Party leaders will meet virtually on Thursday to decide if they will press ahead with an in-person convention in Houston later this month, or hold it online as recommended by the state medical association, a sponsor of the event. The party has come under criticism for continuing to say it plans to hold its convention in person. The Republican Party has said that masks would be recommended but not mandatory for upwards…"Texas Republicans plan in-person convention during pandemic, pressured to change"
WASHINGTON – U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Thursday he fully supports the Florida governor’s efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus outbreak, even as the state earlier reported the biggest one-day increase in cases since the pandemic started. “We fully support your prudent steps in working to slow the spread and the rising cases that are impacting Florida today,” Pence said at a media briefing in Tampa, Florida, with the state’s…"Pence says he fully supports Florida governor’s efforts to slow coronavirus spread"