Brazilians protest corona response. New quarantine measures in the UK

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Published on June 8, 2020 by

Brazil’s government is coming under fire for its decision to change the way it reports coronavirus statistics. With more than 36-thousand deaths, Brazil now has the world’s third-highest death toll, and the second highest number of cases – behind the United States. But the country’s health ministry says it will now only report cases and deaths over the last 24 hours and will no longer give a figure for the total number of deaths. Thousands of people took to the streets of cities across Brazil, including Sao Paulo, to protest for and against President Jair Bolsonaro and his handling of the crisis. He’s been criticised for downplaying the danger of the pandemic and dismissing the need for protective measures.

New Zealand has lifted all of its social distancing measures after reporting no active cases of Covid-19. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told the country they could go back to business as usual from midnight Monday, after becoming one of the first nations in the world to successfully eliminate the virus. The country recorded just 22 deaths.

The EU health regulator is looking to fast-track the approval of Gilead Sciences’ antiviral drug remdesivir as a potential COVID-19 treatment in Europe – that’s after the US drugmaker submitted its marketing application.

The UK’s two-week self isolation rule for most arrivals has now come into force. Airlines have launched legal proceedings against the government over what they say is a “disproportionate” step.

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