More than 4.27 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 290,324 have died, according to a Reuters tally, as of 0413 GMT on Wednesday.
– The United Kingdom’s death toll now exceeds 40,000, by far the worst yet reported in Europe.
– Millions of British self-employed workers will be able to apply for one-off grants of up to 7,500 pounds ($9,210) from Wednesday, as part of a government assistance package.
– Total cases in Germany increased by 798 to 171,306 and the death toll rose by 101 to 7,634.
– France’s death toll rose by 348 to 26,991 on Tuesday.
– Spain ordered a two-week quarantine on travellers arriving from abroad from this Friday.
– Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said he had tested positive and was receiving treatment at a hospital.
– Denmark is “very unlikely” to be hit by a second wave of COVID-19, the country’s chief epidemiologist said.
– More than 1.37 million people have been infected in the United States and 81,984 have died, according to a Reuters tally, as of 0413 GMT on Wednesday.
– Leading US infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci warned Congress that a premature lifting of lockdowns could lead to additional outbreaks.
– A newly revised coronavirus mortality model predicts more than 147,000 Americans will die from COVID-19 by early-August, up nearly 10,000 from the last projection.
– Democrats in the US House of Representatives unveiled a $3 trillion-plus coronavirus relief package, only to see the measure flatly rejected by Senate Republicans.
– The Canadian death toll passed the 5,000-mark.
– Total cases in Brazil rose to 177,589, passing that of Germany and drawing nearly even with France’s tally of 178,225, amid President Jair Bolsonaro fighting states over his wish to reopen gyms and beauty parlours.
– Mexico confirmed 1,997 new cases and 353 additional deaths, its deadliest day, bringing the national tally to 38,324 and 3,926 deaths.
– Eighty-nine of 180 inmates and one staff member at a jail in the Colombian city Leticia have tested positive.
– China reported seven new cases on the mainland on May 12, versus one a day earlier, while Jilin city in the country’s northeast has warned of a huge risk of COVID-19 spreading further.
– Lending by Japan’s major banks rose in April at the fastest pace since the global financial crisis in 2009.
– India would provide 20 trillion rupees ($266 billion) in fiscal and monetary measures.
– New Zealand’s central bank doubled the amount of bonds it will buy as part of its quantitative easing programme and flagged a possible shift to negative interest rates.
MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA
– Saudi Arabia will enforce a countrywide 24-hour curfew during the five-day Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday later this month.
– Stocks and oil prices fell on Wednesday as fears about a second wave of coronavirus infections gripped financial markets.
– Investment banks cut jobs at the fastest pace in six years during the first quarter in 2020 even though the coronavirus pandemic triggered a surge in volatility and boosted revenues to a five-year high.
– Overseas arrivals in Australia collapsed to almost nothing in April as it closed its borders. Preliminary data showed arrivals of 21,600 in April, down 98.7% from a year earlier.