Away from the US, we have the UK with a 0.4% increase. Regional authorities confirmed a new outbreak at a meat processing site in West Yorkshire, adding to similar incidents in three other food factories. The British Medical Association (BMA) presented guidelines for this summer’s tourist season while health secretary Matt Hancock has warned about potential closures of beaches if social distancing is ignored. Also, a new study from City, University London predicts cases could drop to zero in late July or early August.
In Japan we see a 0.5% daily increase which translates into 92 new cases. Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike says the medical system is currently coping well, even though the city is at a one-and-a-half-month high. Many cases are linked to workplaces and nightclubs. In terms of deaths, Tokyo recorded around one third of the national total.
In Australia, renewed panic has erupted given fears over a second wave triggering supermarkets to reintroduce rationing. PM Scott Morrison signalled borders might be closed until mid-2021, although New Zealand and the Pacific Islands may be exempt from those rules.
In EMEA, which overall saw a 15% weekly increase in cases per capita, the WHO recently pointed to Germany, Spain, Israel, and Poland as the countries which handled the second wave well. On the other hand, Sweden, Ukraine, Armenia, Moldova, North Macedonia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kyrgyzstan, and Kosovo were regarded as particularly weak throughout COVID.
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