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Russia, UK move to ease coronavirus lockdowns


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Residents of Moscow will be allowed to go out for a walk – for the first time in more than two months – on Monday, while the UK is also preparing to relax its lockdown despite concerns among the government’s scientific advisory body.
Latin America’s death toll has now exceeded 50,000 with some one million cases reported across the region.
Most of the deaths have been in Brazil, where supporters of President Jair Bolsonaro appeared at a rally on Sunday against the country’s top court, which is investigating the right-wing leader.
More than 6.17 million cases of coronavirus have been confirmed around the world, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Nearly 372,000 people have died, including more than 104,000 in the US. At least 2.64 million have recovered globally.
Greece has lifted lockdown restrictions for hotels, open-air cinemas, golf courses and public swimming pools as the country ramped up preparations for the crucial summer tourism season to start in two weeks. Primary school children also returned to class.
Strict public safety measures have kept Greece’s COVID-19 infection rate low with 2,917 cases. The country has seen only 175 virus-related deaths, according to the health ministry.
International flights with screening procedures will return to Athens and Greece’s second-largest city of Thessaloniki starting on June 15, and will be expanded to the rest of the country on July 1.
China said the United States was “addicted to quitting” following Washington’s decision to leave the World Health Organization (WHO) and said the withdrawal reveals a pursuit of power politics and unilateralism.
Foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters during a daily briefing that the international community disagreed with what he said was the selfish behaviour of the US.
On Friday, US President Donald Trump announced the US will be terminating its relationship with the WHO, saying it had failed to adequately respond to the coronavirus because China has “total control” over it.

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