The novel coronavirus has infected more than 3.4 million people and killed at least 243,000 worldwide. If you’re just joining us now, here are the latest developments on the pandemic.
China’s busy holiday weekend: Mainland China reported no new deaths for the fifth day in a row on Saturday, as people flocked to attractions around the country for the Labour Day weekend. One million people visited Shanghai in two days. Meanwhile, Harbin City, on the Russia-China border, closed all dine-in restaurants until further notice, according to state broadcaster CCTV. The measures were to prevent crowds gathering over the holiday weekend.
France’s deaths decline: The daily number of deaths from coronavirus in France continues to decline. At least 24,760 people have died there after contracting Covid-19, an increase of 166 since Friday, the Health Ministry announced Saturday. Meanwhile, the French government will extend its state of emergency for another two months.
But deaths in Brazil climb: Brazil’s Ministry of Health reported 421 deaths from coronavirus in the past 24 hours, with the total death toll now at 6,750. Brazil has the most reported cases in Latin America.
Warren Buffett shares some optimism: The billionaire investor said he remains convinced that America will recover from the Covid-19 pandemic — just as it did after other crises during the past century. He also announced his company Berkshire Hathaway recently sold its entire stakes in four airlines, calling it a mistake to invest in the industry.
Thailand lifts alcohol ban: Thailand began to ease some of its month-long coronavirus restrictions today, as Covid-19 cases in the country continue to fall. Certain businesses such as markets and hairdressers can reopen, train and bus stations can also reopen and bars can sell alcoholic drinks, but people must consume them at home.
But the Philippines suspends air travel: All passenger and commercial flights to and from the country were suspended today to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The Philippines has confirmed 8,928 coronavirus cases and 604 deaths.
Baby names: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has named his newborn son in honor of doctors who treated him for coronavirus. The baby’s name is Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson — Nicholas is in honor of two doctors who treated Johnson.