Coronavirus live news: Greece and Spain to trial EU Covid travel certificate; South Africa fears winter virus surge

Greece and Spain to take part in tourism boost ahead of planned EU-wide launch on 1 July; southern hemisphere winter risks further virus spread

12.19pm BST

The World Health Organization has called for access to patients in the Gaza strip and free passage to evacuate them for medical treatment as health workers struggle to care for the sick and wounded after 11 days of violence.

Reuters reports:

WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib told a Geneva briefing that around 600 patients, including some with chronic conditions, needed to be referred outside of the Palestinian enclave since the start of the hostilities, but had been unable to due to crossing closures.

“It’s very important that we help Palestinians get the care they need, especially helping them get treatment outside the Gaza strip,” she said.

12.07pm BST

AFP have this dispatch from Finland as the Scandinavian country opens drive-in voting for local elections on 13 June to manage the risk of Covid transmissions at traditional polling stations.

Cars are queued up on an old airport runway on the outskirts of the Finnish capital Helsinki – not for coronavirus tests but for drivers to cast their vote.

Outdoor polling stations have sprung up across the Nordic country as authorities try to make voting as socially distanced as possible ahead of the country’s local elections.

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