Beijing Shuts Areas; HK Disneyland to Reopen: Virus Update

An outbreak of cases in Beijing raised fears of a resurgence of the pandemic in China. Infections spread to a second fruit and vegetable market and more than 20 residential compounds across the city were locked down.

Tokyo also saw infections climb, and South Africa posted record new cases for a second day. Infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci suggested that bans on travel to the U.S. may remain until a vaccine arrives.

French President Emanuel Macron said the pace of emerging from nationwide lockdowns will accelerate. Hong Kong Disneyland plans to reopen June 18.

Key Developments:

  • Virus Tracker: Cases pass 7.8 million; deaths exceed 433,000
  • Beijing outbreak grows as panic spreads through Chinese capital
  • Korea crushed a huge virus outbreak. Can it beat a second wave?
  • College towns fear virus will leave them as U.S. ghost towns
  • Millions of jobs may be permanently lost in reallocation shock
  • New York’s Chinatown is starting over, and it’s painful

Indonesia Orders Firms to Stagger Duty Hours (11:22 a.m. HK)

Authorities in Indonesian capital Jakarta ordered companies to implement new working hours to prevent overcrowding on public transportation during peak hours as shopping malls reopened after more than two months.

From Monday, employees at government ministries, state firms and private companies will start work either between 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m., or between 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., according to a circular by the nation’s Covid-19 task force.

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