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Coronavirus: Latest updates from around the world

 A health worker tests 1-year-old Nicolas for Covid-19 at his home after a family member fell ill in Manacapuru, Amazonas state, Brazil, on June 3 2020. Nicolas didn't show any symptoms but tested positive on the quick test. Picture by Felipe Dana, AP

Coronavirus has infected more than 6.3 million people across the world and killed more than 378,000, according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.

Here are the latest updates on the pandemic from around the world:

INDONESIA

Authorities in Indonesia's Jakarta will ease a partial lockdown as the world's fourth most populous nation braces to gradually reopen its economy.

Governor Anies Baswedan announced the reopening of mosques, churches and temples tomorrow but only at half capacity.

Offices, public transport, restaurants, grocery stores and beaches will be allowed to operate, also at half capacity.

Shopping centres and parks are scheduled to reopen in mid-June and schools remain shut this month.

INDIA

India's Covid-19 fatalities have passed 6,000 after registering 260 deaths in the last 24 hours.

The country registered 9,304 new cases in yet another record single-day spike in infections, raising its totals to 216,919 cases with 6,075 deaths, the Health Ministry reported.

Meanwhile, the Health Ministry said it was ramping up the testing across the country and has performed four million.

India is the seventh worst-hit nation by the pandemic.

PAKISTAN

Pakistan reported a record single-day spike in coronavirus-related deaths with 82 new fatalities and 4,688 cases that it says resulted from increased testing in the past 24 hours.

Pakistan's outbreak has grown steadily since the country's first case in February. Since then, 1,770 people have died and 85,264 have tested positive.

As many as 901 patients were listed in critical condition at hospitals today. The country has barely 3,000 intensive care beds serving a population of 220 million.

Pakistan for the first time conducted over 20,000 tests in the past 24 hours. It has done more than 615,000 tests after increasing its testing capacity from only two labs in February.

The spike comes after Prime Minister Imran Khan eased lockdown restrictions over experts' recommendations to maintain them to prevent the spread of the virus. Authorities have blamed people not adhering to social distancing regulations for the growing outbreak.

NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand is on the verge of eradicating the virus from its shores after it notched a 13th straight day with no reported new infections.

Only a single person in the nation of five million people is known to still have the virus, and that person is not in hospital. However, it remains likely that the country will import new cases once it reopens its borders, and officials say their aim remains to stamp out new infections as they arise.

The country has already lifted many of its virus restrictions and could remove most of those that remain, including limiting crowd sizes, next week. Just over 1,500 people have contracted the virus during the outbreak, including 22 who died.

Map of global Covid-19 cases by John Hopkins University:  

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