Today’s Coronavirus News: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson Marries Fiancee in Private Ceremony; Australian and New Zealand leaders meet to discuss reopening borders
Sunday, the latest coronavirus news from Canada and around the world. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available.
7:47 am: As Florida Governor Ron DeSantis struggled to contain the coronavirus pandemic, Democrats prepared to pounce. The state’s economy was in tatters, infections and deaths were on the rise, and there were doubts about the Republican’s plan to pull Florida out of the crisis.
Now that the pandemic appears to be abating and DeSantis is heading towards his re-election campaign next year, he has emerged from political uncertainty as one of the most important Republican governors and one of the first favorites in the country. White House in 2024 among the acolytes of Donald Trump, if the former president no longer shows up.
7:44 am: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his fiancee Carrie Symonds tied the knot on Saturday in a small private ceremony in London, his Downing Street office announced on Sunday.
Johnson’s office confirmed information in the Mail on Sunday and the Sun that the couple got married at Westminster Roman Catholic Cathedral in front of a small group of friends and family.
“The Prime Minister and Mrs Symonds got married yesterday afternoon in a small ceremony at Westminster Cathedral,” Downing Street said. “The couple will celebrate their wedding with family and friends next summer.”
The couple are said to have sent back-up cards to family and friends for a celebration on July 30, 2022.
Under England’s current coronavirus restrictions, no more than 30 people can attend a wedding.
7:41 a.m. Sunday: Growing friction with China and how to reopen borders after the pandemic will likely be among the topics discussed by Australian and New Zealand leaders during their first in-person meeting since the coronavirus outbreak prompted the two countries to close their borders.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison arrived at the Queenstown tourist resort on Sunday for an overnight visit. He greeted his New Zealand counterpart Jacinda Ardern with a traditional Maori hongi, in which the two hugged each other.
Morrison is the first major world leader to visit New Zealand since the two countries closed their borders last year to contain the virus. Neighbors opened a non-quarantine travel bubble last month, although a recent outbreak of the virus in Melbourne prompted New Zealand to suspend the deal with the state of Victoria.
Read the coronavirus news from Saturday.