Gorilla Mjukuu and her infants Gernot and Alika look at rainbow bunting that is hung in celebration in the gorilla enclosure ahead of the reopening of London Zoo, after an extended lockdown due to the spread of the coronavirus in London. Picture: Hannah McKay/Reuters
Gorilla Mjukuu and her infants Gernot and Alika look at rainbow bunting that is hung in celebration in the gorilla enclosure ahead of the reopening of London Zoo, after an extended lockdown due to the spread of the coronavirus in London. Picture: Hannah McKay/Reuters

What you need to know about the coronavirus right now

By Reuters Time of article published Jun 15, 2020

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From a resurgence in Beijing to being whipped for breaking quarantine, here's what you need to know about the coronavirus right now.

Resurgence in Beijing

Beijing reported its second consecutive day of record new numbers of Covid-19 cases on Monday, with 36 new cases for June 14. This was the same as a day earlier and the city's highest daily infection count since late March.

The recent outbreak has been traced to a major wholesale food market, Xinfadi, which accounts for 80% of Beijing's farm produce supply sourced both domestically and from overseas.

As three other provinces reported new cases linked to the Beijing cluster, several provinces warned their residents against non-essential travel to the capital and implemented isolation protocols for travellers from parts of Beijing with heightened levels of risk.

Not quite borderless Europe

From Iceland to Greece, many travel restrictions for European Union and Schengen visitors will ease on Monday, but it will not be a return to unfettered travel for the Schengen area's 420 million inhabitants. Instead, the right of travel will depend on where you live and where you are going.

For example, some countries like Greece and Britain will mandate quarantines, Spain will not allow foreign tourists until June 21, with exceptions on some Spanish islands, and the Czech Republic has a traffic-light system, barring entry for tourists from 'orange' or 'red' countries such as Portugal and Sweden.

Whipped for breaking quarantine

Peruvian peasant brigades, who battled leftist rebel groups decades ago, are now doling out rough justice in a bid to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus in the Andean country, which has the region's second-highest number of cases after Brazil.

The elected community militias, who in normal times address cases such as infidelity and robberies of chickens, or go after badly behaved mayors, judges and other officials, say they now use lashes to punish those breaking quarantine.

"According to the crime, you can punish with lashes," Aladino Fernández, the president of a group in the northern highland region of Cajamarca, told Reuters by telephone.

London Zoo's gorillas looking forward to seeing you

It was party time this weekend for the gorillas at London Zoo - complete with treats such as nuts, leeks and broccoli to eat and bunting in their treehouses - as they got ready to see visitors for the first time in nearly three months.

The zoo, which closed in March as Britain went into coronavirus lockdown, opens again on Monday, albeit with restrictions such as limits on visitor numbers, one-way routes and paw-print markers to ensure social distancing.

"Of course the animals have been missing the visitors, the gorillas have really been looking out for people," said Daniel Simmonds, team leader of primates at the zoo. "I am absolutely sure they are going to be really excited when they see lots of friendly visitor faces visiting them tomorrow."

Reuters

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