Over 6.7 million cases of COVID-19 and more than 395,000 deaths have been recorded globally so far, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.
The US has the world's highest number of deaths, over 109,000, while the UK is Europe's worst-hit country, accounting for over 40,000 fatalities.
OPEC, allied nations extend nearly 10M barrel cut by a month
OPEC and allied nations agreed Saturday to extend a production cut of nearly 10 million barrels of oil a day through the end of July, hoping to encourage stability in energy markets hard hit by the coronavirus-induced global economic crisis.
Ministers of the cartel and outside nations led by Russia met via video conference to adopt the measure, aimed at cutting the excess production depressing prices as global aviation remains largely grounded due to the pandemic. The curbed output represents some 10% of the world's overall supply.
Sri Lanka to reopen to tourists in August
Sri Lanka says it will be reopen for international tourists starting August 1 after a “successful containment” of the novel coronavirus. Its main tourism organisation said on Saturday that all precautionary measures recommended by global health and travel authorities have been put in place to keep visitors and residents safe.
Only online visa applications will be accepted and all tourists must show proof they tested negative for the virus 72 hours before arriving in Sri Lanka. Visitors also must have a confirmed travel itinerary, a return plane ticket and a travel insurance with health and hospitalization coverage.
There will be mandatory health screening and testing at the airport. Tourists will be lodged at a nearby hotel pending COVID-19 test results which would be expected within 24 hours.
Sri Lanka has reported 1,810 confirmed cases, including 11 deaths.
Europeans take to the streets in George Floyd protests despite pandemic restrictions
Thousands of people are protesting against racism in London despite government warnings to avoid gatherings of more than six people, while more rallies are taking place in other cities in the UK.
Similar demonstrations are happening in Paris, despite a ban on gatherings of more than 10 people, as well as in Lyon. Large numbers of people have also turned out across Germany, with protests also reported in Italy.
Read the full story here, with updates on protests in the rest of the world.
#BlackLivesMatter Importante manifestation en cours à Lyon, des milliers de personnes au moins pic.twitter.com/atbvbhs7EM— Guillaume Petit (@guillaumepetit_) June 6, 2020