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NEWLY REPORTED COVID-19 CASES IN LAST 24 HOURS (6.11.2021, 1:23pm CEST, WHO):   U.S. 22,053    India 91,702    Brazil 85,748    France 5,358    Turkey 6,454    Russia 11,699    The United Kingdom 7,312    Italy 2,198    Argentina 29,757    Spain 2,162    Germany 3,187    Columbia 24,233    Iran 12,398    Mexico 3,855    Ukraine 1,785    Peru 3,270    Indonesia 8,892    South Africa 9,147    The Netherlands 1,791    Chile 7,708    Canada 1,388    Philippines 7,485    Iraq 4,684    Sweden 1,175    Pakistan 1,303    Bangladesh 2,576    Japan 2,112    Malaysia 5,671    Nepal 2,874    United Arab Emirates 2,190    Saudi Arabia 1,286    Bolivia 3,839    Paraguay 3,100    Tunisia 2,373    Costa Rica 2,187    Uruguay 3,427    Kuwait 1,709    Dominican Republic 1,141    Bahrain 1,034    Venezuela 1,464    Oman 1,640    Sri Lanka 2,738    Thailand 2,290    Cuba 1,158    Zambia 2,146    Afghanistan 1,824    Mongolia 1,460    Namibia 1,045    Uganda 1,438    China 290    Singapore 13    New Zealand 5    Australia 16    South Korea 556   

UK records another 6,178 coronavirus cases

Christian Fernsby |
Another 6,178 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Britain as pressure is building up on the government on the replacement of the government's furlough scheme.

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The daily rise of coronavirus cases, the highest since May 1, brought the total number of cases to 409,729. The coronavirus-related death toll rose by 37 to 41,862, the official data showed.

On Tuesday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced new restriction measures to tackle a sharp rise in the country's coronavirus cases.

Johnson confirmed that from Thursday, all pubs, bars and restaurants in England must operate a table service only except for takeaways and will be forced to close at 10:00 p.m. BST (2100 GMT).

Among other measures, staff are advised to work from home if they can despite advice earlier this month to head back to the workplace, said Johnson.

The new restriction measures, which may last for six months, raised concerns that more jobs are at risk as the government's furlough scheme expires at the end of October.

The new restriction was announced at a time when countries such as Britain, China, Russia and the United States are racing against time to develop coronavirus vaccines.

The British government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme offered furloughed workers 80 percent of their salary, up to 2,500 pounds (about 3,190 U.S. dollars) per month. From Aug. 1, the level of grant is reduced each month.

British Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak is understood to be looking at options including a salary top-up scheme, which is similar to those already operating in France and Germany, according to the BBC.

Possible ideas are thought to include allowing firms to reduce employees' hours while keeping them in a job, with the government paying part of the lost wages.

During Prime Minister's Questions at the parliament, Johnson said Sunak was working on "creative and imaginative" solutions to avoid what an MP described as a "tsunami of job losses".


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