Coronavirus live news: Mallorca closes Magaluf party strip; US sees another new record number of cases

Coronavirus live news: Mallorca closes Magaluf party strip; US sees another new record number of casesJuly 15, 2020

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South Africa’s cases of Covid-19 were set to reach 300,000 on Wednesday, the most in Africa and in the top 10 in the world, despite a swiftly imposed lockdown aimed at preventing infections spiralling as they did in the West.

Africa’s most industrialised nation has 298,292 cases at the last count, and with positive tests now increasing at a rate of more than 10,000 a day, it is all but certain to vault over the 300,000 mark when the ministry releases nightly figures.

Bulgaria’s unemployment rate dropped to 8.3% in June from 9.0% in May as the country’s labour market slowly recovered from stringent restrictions aimed at containing the coronavirus, data showed.

The jobless rate was 5.2% in June 2019. About 35% of the people who lost their jobs since the middle of March due to the coronavirus crisis have already taken their old jobs back and government-funded programmes have also helped limit dole-queues, the agency said.

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