Here are the latest developments happening around the globe in the coronavirus crisis:
Beijing races to contain outbreak
Travel restrictions are placed on nearly half a million people near Beijing as authorities rush to contain a new outbreak.
Another 21 cases of the virus are reported in the past 24 hours in the Chinese capital, according to the National Health Commission, taking the total cases of the cluster to 158.
Speaking to reporters, Wu Zunyou, chief epidemiology expert at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, says the outbreak peaked around June 13, and has now been “brought under control.”
Nearly 449,000 deaths
The pandemic has killed at least 448,994 people worldwide since it surfaced in China late last year, according to an AFP tally at 1100 GMT on Thursday, based on official sources.
The United States has the most deaths with 117,717 followed by Brazil with 46,510, Britain with 42,153, Italy with 34,448 and France with 29,575 fatalities.
The website of Kazakhstan’s 79-year-old former president and official “Leader of the Nation” Nursultan Nazarbayev says he has tested positive for the virus.
And a day after Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez announced he had the virus, the 51-year-old is admitted to hospital with pneumonia.
Bank of England boost
The Bank of England unveils an extra £100 billion of cash stimulus to prop up Britain’s economy.
Nearly 500 Russian medics dead
Nearly 500 Russian medics who tested positive have died, the head of the state health watchdog says – a far higher figure than the death toll of 101 given by a health ministry official on May 26.
Swiss to feel the pinch
Switzerland’s central bank warns that the wealthy Alpine nation will face a “sharp recession” due to the pandemic, with its economy expected to shrink by around six percent this year.
Airline grounded for good
The Austrian low-cost airline Level Europe announces it is filing for insolvency and will not resume flights, which had already been suspended since March.
Around 200 jobs in Vienna are thought to be at risk, along with roughly 40 in Amsterdam.
Istanbul, Ankara mask up
Turkish authorities order that people wear masks in public in Istanbul and the capital Ankara after surge in cases.
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