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Latest on worldwide spread of coronavirus

By AAP Newswire

DEATHS AND INFECTIONS

* More than 6.22 million people have been reported infected with the coronavirus globally and 371,799 have died, a Reuters tally showed.

EUROPE

* Slovakia will undo more coronavirus restrictions from Wednesday, including opening indoor sports centres and pools, as the country with one of the world's lowest death rates from the outbreak moves ahead with reopening.

* Russia will start giving patients its first drug approved to treat COVID-19 next week, its state financial backer told Reuters.

* Moscow residents can leave their homes to take a stroll for the first time in nine weeks on Monday under a partial easing of a tough lockdown regime.

* Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

* WHO experts and a range of other scientists said on Monday there was no evidence to support an assertion by a high-profile Italian doctor that the coronavirus has been losing potency.

* The European Union urged the United States to reconsider its decision to cut ties with the World Health Organisation over its handling of the pandemic.

AMERICAS

* In a single Brazilian state, some 2400 meat plant workers have caught the coronavirus, officials said.

* Eli Lilly and Co said first set of patients have been dosed in an early-stage trial to test its potential treatment for COVID-19, in the world's first study of an antibody treatment against the disease.

* Brazil registered 16,409 new cases on Sunday, raising the total of infected cases to 514,849 in the second worst outbreak in the world after the United States.

* Colombia issued new measures to control the spread in three of its most affected cities, including the capital Bogota.

ASIA-PACIFIC

* Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday cited economic losses to justify his government's decision to lift a lockdown despite rising infections and deaths, urging people to "live with the virus".

* China reported the highest daily increase in coronavirus cases in nearly three weeks with 16 new infections discovered on May 31.

* Hong Kong has confirmed its first locally transmitted cases in more than two weeks, fuelling concerns over its spread as restrictions on movement are relaxed.

* South Korea's Celltrion said its experimental treatment of COVID-19 demonstrated an up to 100-fold reduction in viral load of the disease in animal testing.

MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

* Nigeria will relax coronavirus restrictions on places of worship from Tuesday, the chairman of the presidential task force for COVID-19 said.

* Iran could face a second, stronger wave of infections if people ignore guidance and social distancing rules, health minister said.

* Turkey reopened restaurants, cafes and parks on Monday and lifted inter-city travel curbs.

* Egypt shortened a night curfew by one hour on Sunday as it recorded new highs in the daily increases in cases and deaths.

* Rwanda's ministry of health on Sunday reported the East African nation's first death caused by the new coronavirus.

ECONOMIC FALLOUT

* European manufacturers may be over the worst of a coronavirus-driven downturn, but Asia's pain deepened in May due to a slump in global trade, surveys show.

* Japan's government will submit to parliament early next week a second extra budget to fund a new $US1.1 trillion ($A1.6 trillion) stimulus package, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said.

* Hong Kong's retail sales fell by 36.1 per cent in April from a year earlier, hammered by the new coronavirus that has sent many retailers to the brink of collapse.

* Germany is working on a stimulus package worth 75-80 billion euros ($A125-133 billion) to support economic recovery after the pandemic, weekly Bild am Sonntag reported.