Coronavirus updates: Covid-19 death toll passes 500,000 worldwide

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Coronavirus updates: Covid-19 death toll passes 500,000 worldwide
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  1. Pride during a pandemic

    It is 50 years since the first Gay Pride march in New York – and 51 since the Stonewall riots in the city which helped energise the fight for gay equality.

    Most Pride events around the world were cancelled or moved online because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    But over the weekend, reduced numbers of people still took to the streets in cities including New York, Taipei and Berlin.

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    Video caption: How the world celebrated 50 years of Pride – despite the pandemic
  2. Where the 500,000 deaths have been

    The US remains the country hardest-hit by the virus, with 125,803 deaths, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally.

    Brazil comes second at 57,622 deaths, followed by the UK, Italy, and Spain. In fact, more than half of recorded deaths have occurred in those five countries – which is partly down to their testing and reporting methods.

    And here are the ten most-affected countries, ranked by deaths per 1 million of the population:

    1. San Marino – 1,235
    2. Belgium – 839
    3. Andorra – 675
    4. UK – 639
    5. Spain – 606
    6. Italy – 574
    7. Sweden – 522
    8. France- 455
    9. US – 377
    10. Netherlands 356false
  3. Singapore hands out coronavirus tracing devices

    The TraceTogether tokens are an alternative to the government's contact tracing smartphone app.

    Copyright: Silver Generation Office (SGO)

    Singapore has started to hand out Bluetooth-enabled contact tracing devices as part of its measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

    The so-called TraceTogether tokens are an alternative to the government’s contact tracing smartphone app.

    They are aimed at people that do not own – or prefer not to use – a mobile phone.

    The announcement of the device was met with concerns in some quarters over privacy.

  4. Melbourne outbreak sees ‘concerning’ rise

    People queue for a pop-up testing clinic in Melbourne, Australia

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    Image caption: Health officials plan to test 100,000 people over a 10-day period

    Infections in the state of Victoria have risen in the past fortnight to become Australia’s biggest outbreak in almost three months.

    Today’s 75 new cases – the most nationally since 11 April – follow a door-to-door testing blitz in 10 suburbs of
    Melbourne.

    Recent transmissions are “overwhelmingly concentrated” in those
    areas, say health officials, who describe the state’s 288 active cases as “concerning”.

    They have not ruled out re-imposing strict lockdown measures, but maintain the
    outbreak doesn’t yet constitute a “second wave”. (You can read more about second waves globally here.)

    “I
    think it will get worse before it gets better,” said Victoria’s chief health officer, Brett Sutton.

    Australia
    has had more than 7,500 cases in total and 104 deaths.

    Other states and territories have seen few or no cases in recent weeks.

  5. China locks down 400,000 people after virus spike

    Medics checking temperature

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    China has reinstated a strict lockdown near Beijing, affecting around 400,000 people, after a small surge in cases.

    The restrictions have come into force in Anxin country in Hebei province.

    Only essential workers are allowed to leave their homes, while one member of a household is allowed to go out once a day to shop for necessities.

    After the pandemic emerged in China at the end of last year, the country has managed to get new infections to a consistently low level.

    To avoid a second wave, even small surges are taken very seriously by the country’s health authorities.

  6. Lowest deaths in New York state since 15 March

    New York state has been the worst-hit part of the US – it has recorded more than 30,000 Covid-19 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data, more than twice as many as any other state.

    But, after months of bad news, things are getting better.

    On Sunday, Governor Andrew Cuomo said just five people with the virus had died, the lowest daily total since 15 March.

    “As states across the country struggle with new outbreaks related to reopening, New York’s numbers continue to go down to record lows,” he said.

    “Our progress is a direct result of New Yorkers’ discipline and hard work and an incremental, data-driven reopening.”

    St Patrick's Cathedral in New York City reopened for mass at 25% capacity on Sunday

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    Image caption: St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City reopened for mass at 25% capacity on Sunday
  7. Welcome to our live coverage

    Hello and welcome back to our rolling coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic. The latest headlines:

    • The number of people to die with Covid-19 since the outbreak began passes 500,000 worldwide
    • Meanwhile, the number of confirmed cases is now over 10 million
    • In Texas, the governor says the outbreak has taken a “swift and dangerous turn”
    • But New York state records its lowest death toll – five since 15 March
    • More than 400,000 people are under a new lockdown in Hebei near Beijing

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