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New York City starts reopening; New Zealand says it ‘eliminated’ the virus

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Hundreds of thousands of employees are expected to return to work in New York City on Monday as the city moves into its first phase of reopening after nearly 3 months of restrictions and closures. Shops can partially reopen for curbside pickup, though most of the resumed economic activity will be in construction and manufacturing. New York City was at one point the epicenter of the outbreak in the U.S. 

Meanwhile, the U.S. continues to struggle to bring down the national rate of infection. The virus continues to infect about 20,000 new people in the U.S. everyday and the epidemic is expanding in more than a dozen states, according to former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb. 

Globally, the virus has infected more than 7 million people and killed more than 400,000. 

This is CNBC’s live blog covering all the latest news on the coronavirus outbreak. This blog will be updated throughout the day as the news breaks. 

  • Global cases: More than 7 million
  • Global deaths: At least 403,131
  • U.S. cases: More than 1.94 million
  • U.S. deaths: At least 110,514

The data above was compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Moscow reportedly set to lift some restrictions on June 9

A man with an umbrella in Red Square against the background of St Basil’s Cathedral. From June 1 through 14, Moscow citizens are allowed to take walks and practise sports outside, including those older than 65 and suffering from chronic illnesses, according to schedules varying from house to house.

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7:19 a.m. ET — The Russian capital Moscow is ready to start lifting some lockdown measures on June 9, according to news agency Tass. 

The measures, including a self-isolation regime, scheduled walking times and a digital pass system, are among the restrictions being lifted, the news agency said, quoting city official Konstantin Remchukov.

Cafes with outdoor seating areas are set to reopen on June 16, the official said. Moscow has been the city hardest hit by the coronavirus outbreak in Russia, where there are now over 476,000 confirmed cases of the virus, and just under 6,000 reported deaths.

Russia’s coronavirus crisis center reported on Monday a further 51 people had died in the capital, taking the city’s coronavirus death toll to 2,970. —Holly Ellyatt

Virus ‘eliminated’ in New Zealand

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern holds up informationon COVID-19 alert levels during a press conference at Parliament on March 21, 2020 in Wellington, New Zealand.

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7:07 a.m. ET — New Zealand has “eliminated” the coronavirus domestically and will lift nearly all restrictions except for border controls, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced.

The country of about 5 million wrestled the virus under control in roughly 75 days with strict lockdown measures that shuttered most businesses around the country and kept everyone but essential personnel largely at home.

The virus infected 1,504 people in New Zealand and killed at least 22, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. 

“We are confident we have eliminated transmission of the virus in New Zealand for now, but elimination is not a point in time, it is a sustained effort,” Ardern said, according to Reuters. “Not only have we protected New Zealanders’ health, we now have a head start on our economic recovery.” —Will Feuer

Read CNBC’s previous coronavirus live coverage here: Global cases top 7 million; Italy sees economy contracting 8.3% in 2020

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