The US could soon see 100,000 new cases of coronavirus every day, the country’s top infectious diseases expert has warned. Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told a US Senate committee that the daily surge in cases could more than double if Americans don’t start following public health recommendations.
Anyone in Hong Kong found guilty of secession, subversion or terrorism will now be sentenced to life in prison under the controversial new security law passed by China this week. The details emerging about the law, which went into effect Tuesday, come amid fresh concerns in Hong Kong and abroad that it will be used to curb opposition voices in the Asian financial hub.
The US has bought up virtually all the stocks for the next three months of one of the two drugs proven to work against Covid-19, leaving none for the UK, Europe or most of the rest of the world. Experts and campaigners are alarmed both by the US unilateral action on remdesivir and the wider implications, for instance in the event of a vaccine becoming available.
Authorities will lockdown more than 300,000 people in suburbs north of Melbourne for a month from late on Wednesday to contain the risk of infection after two weeks of double-digit rises in new coronavirus cases in Australia’s second most populous state. Australia has fared better than many countries in the pandemic, with around 7,920 cases, 104 deaths and fewer than 400 active cases.
US President Donald Trump has approved a plan to withdraw 9,500 American troops from bases in Germany, the Pentagon says. The move would reduce the number of US troops stationed in the country from about 34,500 to 25,000. President Trump has previously accused Germany of not contributing enough to Nato. The US move – which was first mooted in early June – has caused concern in Germany and among other Nato allies worried over possible Russian expansionism.