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Virus all but gone in New Zealand but cases on rise in India


Queue: Rail passengers are checked upon their arrival from New Delhi

Queue: Rail passengers are checked upon their arrival from New Delhi

Queue: Rail passengers are checked upon their arrival from New Delhi

New Zealand has all but eradicated the coronavirus from its shores, with just one person in the nation of five million known to be still infected.

However, developments elsewhere are grim, with India reporting another record increase in cases, and deaths reaching a new peak in Pakistan.

In the US, the virus threw more than two million people out of work last week despite the reopening of businesses.

The confirmed US death toll has surpassed 100,000, the highest in the world.

In New Zealand, health authorities have not found any new virus cases for a week. Of the 1,504 people who were infected, 22 have died and all but one of the rest have now recovered.

The nation's borders remain closed, and staying virus-free when borders reopen poses a major test.

India registered another record daily increase of 7,466 cases just before its lockdown ends tomorrow.

Pakistan has reported 57 deaths, its highest single-day increase since the outbreak began. That increased the overall death toll to more than 1,300 and the number of cases to over 64,000.

The latest job-loss figures from the US labour department brings the running total of Americans who have filed for unemployment benefits since the coronavirus shutdowns took hold in mid-March to 41 million.

There were some encouraging signs. The overall number of Americans drawing jobless benefits dropped for the first time since the crisis began, from 25 million to 21 million.

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However, economists have warned that the number of US workers filing for unemployment benefits is still extraordinarily high by historical standards.

Airlines and aircraft manufacturers are struggling after air travel plummeted early in the outbreak. Boeing is cutting more than 12,000 US jobs.

European budget airline easyJet said it will cut up to a third of its 15,000 employees, while American Airlines plans to eliminate about 5,100 jobs.

A number of European countries have strong safety-net programmes which are underwriting the wages of millions of workers and keeping them on the payroll. However, economic damage is mounting.

Nissan is rolling back production in Spain in a move the government said could lead to 3,000 direct job cuts.

Visit our Covid-19 vaccine dashboard for updates on the roll out of the vaccination program and the rate of Coronavirus cases Ireland

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