More than 8 million people have been confirmed to have the coronavirus around the world. More than 3.8 million have recovered, while at least 435,662 have died, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The US, Brazil and the UK have reported the most deaths.

Beijing officials have described the coronavirus outbreak centred on the Xinfadi wholesale food market as “very grim” as more parts of the city are sealed off.

WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreysus has warned that countries need to “stay alert to the possibility of resurgence” as new clusters of cases emerge in Beijing and more than 100,000 cases of coronavirus are reported across the world every day. 

Here are the latest updates:

Tuesday, June 16
06:30 GMT – Ilhan Omar’s father dies from coronavirus complications

Father of Somalia-born US Representative Ilhan Omar has died of complications from the novel coronavirus, local media reported.

“It is with tremendous sadness and pain to say goodbye to my father,” the Minnesota congresswoman tweeted late on Monday. “No words can describe what he meant to me and all who knew and loved him.”

Omar and her father Nur Mohamed came to the United States as refugees in 1995 from Somalia during the country’s civil war and eventually settled in Minneapolis, according to Politico.

إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ

Surely we belong to God and to him shall we return.

It is with tremendous sadness and pain to say goodbye to my father, Nur Omar Mohamed. No words can describe what he meant to me and all who knew and loved him.

— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) June 16, 2020

06:15 GMT – Concern over ‘invasive’ COVID-19 apps by Bahrain, Kuwait

Amnesty International has raised privacy and security concerns over “invasive” contact tracing apps rolled out by Bahrain, Kuwait and Norway to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

The UK-based rights group said an investigation into COVID-19 apps being used by 11 countries, rated Bahrain’s ‘BeAware Bahrain’, Kuwait’s ‘Shlonik’ and Norway’s ‘Smittestopp’ as among the “most dangerous”, putting hundreds of thousands of people at risk.

Amnesty found that all three were actively carrying out live or near-live tracking of users’ locations by frequently uploading GPS coordinates to a central server.

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Hello, this is Saba Aziz in Doha, taking over the live blog from my colleague Kate Mayberry. 

05:15 GMT –

I’m handing the blog to my colleagues in Doha shortly. Before I go, a quick round-up of what’s been happening over the past few hours.

The situation in Beijing is proving worrisome with city officials stepping up containment measures and other parts of China imposing quarantines on those travelling from the capital. Pakistan is also promising tougher measures as it tries to get a grip on the outbreak. Elsewhere, New Zealand has confirmed two new cases. The disease wasn’t acquired locally, however. It was found in two people who had recently returned from the UK. 

05:00 GMT – Pakistan identifies 20 cities at coronavirus risk

Pakistan’s government says it has identified 20 cities that are most at risk from the rapid spread of the coronavirus and will be implementing strict lockdowns in certain neighbourhoods.

Al Jazeera’s Asad Hashim says the authorities are calling it a “smart” lockdown approach.

Hospitals struggle as coronavirus cases explode in Pakistan

On Monday, Pakistan endured the deadliest day of the pandemic so far, recording 110 deaths, taking the country’s tally to 2,897 people killed by COVID-19 since late February. Cases rose by 4,443 to 148,921. 

Chairing a meeting on coronavirus response, Prime Minister Imran Khan directed officials to investigate increasing reports of hospitals in major cities hitting their capacity and not being able to admit more coronavirus patients, especially those requiring critical care.

04:10 GMT – US airlines threaten ban for passengers who refuse to wear masks

Major US airlines will provide masks to passengers who do not have them, and have warned passengers who refuse to wear masks that they could be banned from flights.

The airlines will clearly inform passengers about their individual policies on face coverings before flying, followed by an announcement with specific details onboard, Airlines for America said in a statement.

Each carrier will decide the appropriate consequences for passengers who fail to comply, up to and including being put on that airline’s no-fly list.

Read more about this here.

A passenger walks through Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC. Airlines are saying passengers could be banned if they refuse to wear a face mask [File: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters]

03:50 GMT – Beijing officials say Xinfadi market outbreak ‘very grim’

City officials in Beijing have described the coronavirus outbreak centred on the Xinfadi market as “very grim” according to the Global Times.

The Times says nine of 11 districts in Beijing have reported confirmed cases, with the area of Fengtai, which is around the market, the worst affected. 

Beijing expects to complete a citywide inspection and sanitation campaign targeting wholesale and vegetable markets, as well as restaurants and canteens on Wednesday. All vendors and business operators will have to undergo nucleic acid tests. 

03:30 GMT – Shanghai imposes quarantine for some domestic visitors

Shanghai says it will impose a 14-day quarantine on all people arriving in the city from medium to high-risk COVID-19 areas elsewhere in China.

Wu Jinglei, the director of Shanghai’s health commission, says those arriving from high-risk places will have to complete a centralised quarantine and will undergo nucleic acid testing twice.

02:30 GMT – Beijing imposes curbs on more districts after outbreak linked to market

Beijing is imposing coronavirus restrictions on more districts after an outbreak linked to the capital’s wholesale food market. There are now 22 districts deemed “medium-risk” with local authorities setting up checkpoints, stepping up social distancing and closing schools.

City officials reported 27 new cases for June 15, taking the total for the latest spike to 106, as the authorities track down close contacts of those known to have the virus.

Other cities in China have also responded to the outbreak, with some imposing quarantines or stepping up their own preventive measures.

After cluster infection was found in #Beijing’s markets, #Wuhan started three-day inspection of the city’s supermarkets, wet and vegetable markets on Saturday. All 6,178 samples took from those markets, including chopping boards, kitchen knives, tested negative for #coronavirus

— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) June 16, 2020

02:15 GMT – China’s president to convene COVID-19 ‘solidarity’ summit with Africa

China’s President Xi Jinping is to hold a “solidarity” summit with Africa over the coronavirus pandemic.

Xi will deliver a keynote speech at the summit on June 17, according to Chinese state media.

02:00 GMT – New Zealand reports two new cases in travellers returning from UK

New Zealand has confirmed two new cases of coronavirus, both connected with travel to the UK and to each other.

New Zealand lifted all coronavirus restrictions last week, but is keeping its borders to closed to everyone except citizens and special cases.

00:00 GMT – More than 8 million coronavirus cases recorded worldwide

Some 8,005,294 cases of coronavirus have now been confirmed around the world, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The actual figure is likely to be much higher because countries often have different criteria for testing, and milder and asymptomatic cases may go undetected.

These are the five countries with the most cases:

US – 2,111,622
Brazil – 888,271
Russia – 536,484
India – 332, 424
United Kingdom – 298,315

These are the five countries that have recorded the most deaths:

US – 116,114
Brazil – 43,959
United Kingdom – 41,821
Italy – 34,371
France – 29,439

23:30 GMT – Coronavirus more likely to kill those with chronic conditions: CDC

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found people with chronic illnesses including heart disease and diabetes are six times more likely to be admitted to hospital, and 12 times more likely to die than COVID-19 patients with no underlying conditions. 

The CDC based its analysis on 1.32 million confirmed cases of coronavirus received between January 22 and the end of May.

Although information on underlying conditions was available for only 22 percent of those patients, the CDC found that of those, 32 percent had a heart-related illness, 30 percent had diabetes and 18 percent had chronic lung conditions, including asthma.

People with underlying health conditions including asthma are at a far higher risk from COVID-19 than otherwise healthy people according to a new CDC report [File: David McNew/Getty Images via AFP]

The CDC said age remained a major risk. The percentage of intensive care admission was highest among people aged at least 60 and over with underlying conditions. People over the age of 80 were the most likely to die, even if they did not have a chronic illness.

Dr Amin Khan wrote about chronic illnesses and COVID-19 for Al Jazeera’s Doctor’s Note in March.


Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Kate Mayberry in Kuala Lumpur.

Read all the updates from yesterday (June 15) here.

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