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PARIS, June 3: Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis.
MORE THAN 48,000 DEAD IN BRITAIN
The number of suspected and confirmed deaths from coronavirus in Britain has risen to 48,106, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) says, tallying all fatalities in which COVID-19 was suspected or mentioned on death certificates up to May 22.
ITALY OPENS ITS BORDERS
As Europe emerges from lockdowns and quarantines, Italy leads the way as the first country on the continent to reopen its borders to European travellers. International flights are only expected to resume in three main cities: Milan, Rome and Naples.
GERMANY LIFTS TRAVEL WARNING
Germany will lift its blanket travel warning for European nations from June 15, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas says. The warning will be replaced by advice for individual nations, "provided that there are no longer any entry bans or large-scale lockdowns in the respective countries", he says.
BRAZIL TOPS 30,000 DEATHS
Brazil surpasses a chilling landmark of 30,000 deaths -- the fourth deadliest outbreak in the world. Figures released by Brazil's health ministry show a new record 1,262 deaths in the previous 24 hours, as well as 28,936 new infections.  But some states begin to emerge from weeks of quarantine measures despite warnings from the World Health Organization and epidemiologists it is too much, too soon.
DRUG STUDY DOUBT
The Lancet issues an "expression of concern" over a large-scale study of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine it published that led to the WHO suspending clinical trials of the anti-viral drugs as a potential treatment for COVID-19. An expression of concern is not as severe as a journal withdrawing a published study, but it signifies that the research is potentially problematic.   
UN CHIDES ASIAN NATIONS
The United Nations rights chief Michelle Bachelet warns that China and other Asian countries are using the pandemic as an excuse to clamp down on free expression and tighten censorship.
The UN rights office says it has information on "more than a dozen cases of medical professionals, academics and ordinary citizens who appear to have been detained, and in some instances charged, for publishing their views or other information on the situation".
RECOVERY HAMPERED BY FUNDING SHORTFALL
World Bank president David Malpass warns the global economy faces "staggeringly large" losses from the pandemic, and tha developing nations will be forced to rethink the structure of their economies. International donors pledge only $1.35 billion in humanitarian aid to war and coronavirus ravaged Yemen, around half the required $2.41 billion.
'ENDEMIC' RACIAL INEQUALITIES
Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, says the pandemic's disproportionate impact on ethnic minorities in the US and protests triggered by George Floyd's death had laid bare "endemic inequalities" that must be addressed.
NEW RESTRICTIONS
Zimbabwean security forces clear Harare's city centre and turn back thousands of commuters and motorists as authorities reinforce restrictions to combat the spread of coronavirus following a spike in new cases.
And Equatorial Guinea tells the World Health Organization's representative to leave, accusing her of "falsifying" the country's tally of coronavirus cases.




    -AFP




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