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  • Global cases: more than 1,704,565
  • Deaths worldwide: at least 103,257
  • Most cases reported: United States (501,615), Spain (158,273), Italy (147,577), France (125,931) and Germany (122,171)

The above data was compiled by Johns Hopkins University at 7:00 p.m. Beijing time.

All times below are in Beijing time.

6:08 p.m .: Indian Prime Minister decides to extend the lockout nationwide

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided to extend the national foreclosure of 1.3 billion people in the country to continue fighting the spread of the coronavirus, Delhi’s chief minister said on Saturday. The minister did not specify the length of the extension.

“If she was arrested now, all the gains would be lost. To consolidate, it is important (important) to extend it, “said Delhi Prime Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Twitter.

The 21-day closure, which reportedly ended on Tuesday, has left millions of poor Indians unemployed, many of whom are at risk of starvation. It also triggered an exodus of millions of migrant workers traveling on foot from cities to their villages, all public transport having been closed. – Natasha Turak

Migrant workers go home on the third day of the national lockdown imposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to curb the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus at Anand Vihar bus station on March 27, 2020 in New Delhi, India.

Raj K Raj | Hindustan Times via Getty Images

5:51 p.m .: Iran death toll rises to 4,357

Iran, the hardest-hit country in the Middle East by coronavirus, reported 1,837 new cases of the disease on Saturday, bringing the total number of infections to 70,029. Deaths from the virus in Iran have increased by 125 in the past 24 hours to 4,357, the country’s health ministry said. – Natasha Turak

17 h 31: The death toll in Spain decreases for the third consecutive day

Spain has reported 510 coronavirus-related deaths in the past 24 hours, the smallest overnight increase in 19 days, the national health ministry said on Saturday. His total death toll is currently 16,353, the second highest in Europe, while his number of cases is the highest on the continent at 161,852, up from 157,022 on Friday. – Natasha Turak

5:08 p.m .: Malaysian cases reach their highest level in Southeast Asia

Malaysia reported 184 new confirmed cases of coronavirus on Saturday, bringing its total to 4,530, the highest in Southeast Asia. Three additional deaths have also been reported across the country, bringing the total number of deaths so far to 73. The Malaysian Ministry of Health reported that 44% of all confirmed cases have recovered. – Natasha Turak

5:02 p.m .: Philippines reports 233 new cases, 26 deaths

Coronavirus cases in the Philippines increased from 233 to 4,428, deaths increasing by 26 to a total of 247, the country’s health ministry said on Saturday. He also confirmed 17 new recoveries, bringing the total number of recovered cases to 157. – Natasha Turak

4:46 p.m .: Russia reports over 1,500 new cases

Russia reported 1,667 new cases of Covid-19 on Saturday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 13,584, the Russian coronavirus crisis response center said.

The number of coronavirus-related deaths has risen to 106, he added. The center says 1.18 million tests have been completed. – Holly Ellyatt

Police at a checkpoint at the entrance to the village of Zaokskoye where several cases of COVID-19 coronavirus infection have been recorded.

Alexander Ryumin

4:41 p.m .: Indonesia reports 330 new cases and 21 new deaths

The Indonesian Ministry of Health reported 330 new cases of coronavirus and 21 deaths on Saturday, bringing the number of infections and deaths in the Southeast Asian country to 3,842 and 327 respectively. – Natasha Turak

4:08 pm: Iranian president urges people to follow health warnings as restrictions are lifted

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has urged residents of the country to abide by health protocols as certain blocking restrictions are lifted, allowing “low risk” economic activity to resume in the country on Saturday. The easing of the lockdown does not yet apply to the capital Tehran, which may see its “low risk” activities resume on April 18.

Iran’s decision is controversial for many international health experts, who warn that the most affected country in the Middle East may see a new outbreak of coronavirus infections.

“Relaxing restrictions does not mean ignoring health protocols … social distance and other health protocols must be seriously respected by people,” Rouhani said on Saturday, according to the state-run news agency IRNA. – Natasha Turak

3.12 p.m .: India Modi will discuss the extension of the lock; neighboring Bangladesh expands restrictions

2:32 p.m .: Thailand reports 45 new cases of coronavirus

Thailand reported 45 new cases of coronavirus and two other deaths on Saturday, Reuters reported. In total, the Southeast Asian nation has registered 2,518 cases and 35 deaths since its outbreak in January. – Holly Ellyatt

12:47 p.m .: Germany confirms 117,658 cases of coronavirus and 2,544 deaths

Germany has had a total of 117,658 cases of coronavirus, including 2,544 deaths, reported Reuters, citing the German public health institute.

These figures compare to the day before totals of 113,525 cases and 2,373 deaths, as reported on the Robert Koch Institute website.

The German states most affected by the pandemic are Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia and Baden-Württemberg. —Ted Kemp

A coyote stands by the roadside as the spread of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) continues, at Golden Gate Bridge View Vista Point across from San Francisco, California, United States, April 7, 2020.

Shannon Stapelton | Reuters

12:02 p.m .: An epidemic hits a homeless shelter in San Francisco

Seventy people at a homeless shelter in San Francisco have tested positive for coronavirus, the city mayor said.

Sixty-eight residents and two staff have been affected by the virus, the Associated Press said, citing the mayor of London Breed.

The debate has raged in San Francisco on what to do to protect the estimated 8,000 homeless people who live in the city. The AP reported that the epidemic was the largest in a homeless shelter to date in the state of California, which is said to have a population of 150,000 homeless. —Ted Kemp

11:20 a.m .: Cancellation of the Burning Man open-air festival

Burning Man, the huge music and art festival held annually in the US state of Nevada, will not take place in 2020, organizers of the event said.

It will be replaced by an online event, due to the health risks posed by the coronavirus pandemic.

“We will meet this challenge in the same way that humans around the world do today – drawing strength and inspiration from each other,” the organizers said in a statement on their website.

Burning Man was to attract approximately 80,000 people to the Nevada desert for nine days this year. The event usually takes place in what amounts to a temporary city and culminates in a bonfire topped by a giant wooden man. —Ted Kemp

10:55 am: Trump asks the American administration to help Italy fight the pandemic

US President Donald Trump has ordered senior officials in his administration to help Italy fight the coronavirus epidemic, Reuters reported, citing a note to several cabinet members.

The aid the president has asked for includes the provision of medical supplies and the provision of American troops for telemedicine services, the report said.

Italy reported the highest number of Covid-19 deaths in the world with 18,849, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Confirmed cases in the country stood at 147,577 – the third highest in the world, according to the data. – Yen Nee Lee

10:28 a.m .: Covid-19 infections in South Korea jump from 30 to 10,480

South Korea has reported 30 new cases of coronavirus and three more deaths, said the Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This brings the country’s total to 10,480 cases and 211 deaths, according to KCDC.

The number of daily infections has slowed in South Korea, which has the second highest number of infections in Asia after China. Since the beginning of April, the country has reported fewer than 100 new cases a day, according to KCDC data. – Yen Nee Lee

10:14 a.m .: 500,000 confirmed cases in the United States

The coronavirus infected more than 500,000 people in the United States on Friday evening, accounting for almost a third of all cases worldwide, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

At 9:25 p.m. EST, the United States recorded 500,399 cases of coronavirus, or Covid-19, of which 174,481 were in New York, according to the data. – Noah Higgins-Dunn

9:50 a.m .: PayPal and Intuit QuickBooks approved to participate in the US Small Business Emergency Loan Program

After weeks of lobbying, fintech companies are officially allowed to participate in the US government’s emergency loan program.

PayPal and Intuit QuickBooks announced Friday evening that they have been approved by the Small Business Administration to participate in the paycheck protection program. Government emergency loans are designed to help small businesses survive the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus epidemic. – Kate Rooney

9:08 a.m .: China reports 46 other cases, including 42 “imported”

The National Health Commission (NHC) of China said there were 46 new confirmed cases of Covid-19, of which 42 were attributed to travelers from abroad. This brings the total number of cases in mainland China to 81,953, said the NHC.

None of the new cases have occurred in Hubei province, where the coronavirus first appeared, the data said.

There have been three other deaths in China – all in Hubei, bringing the total death toll to 3,339, according to the NHC.

In addition, there have been 34 new asymptomatic cases, where people have tested positive for the virus but have shown no symptoms. This brings its number of asymptomatic cases currently under medical observation to 1,092, said the NHC. – Yen Nee Lee

8:40 am: Argentina extends lockdown on major cities until April 26

Argentine President Alberto Fernandez has said that the country’s foreclosure measures will be extended until April 26, Reuters reported.

Fernandez said in a televised speech that the measures, which were implemented on March 20, have helped control the rate of new infections, according to the report.

Argentina has reported 1,975 cases of coronavirus since the epidemic, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. – Yen Nee Lee

8:24 a.m .: Mexico reports 403 new cases

Mexico reported 403 new Covid-19 cases on Friday, bringing the total number to 3,844 since the outbreak, Reuters reported, citing the health ministry.

The country has reported 233 deaths to date, according to the report. – Yen Nee Lee

8:03 a.m .: US Treasury says big airlines must compensate taxpayers

Largest US airlines to compensate taxpayers for billions of dollars in wage subsidies to fight coronavirus, Treasury Department said on Friday, leaving the door open to an aid structure that has drawn criticism from unions, some legislators and industry.

The Treasury Department has received more than 230 requests from air carriers for wage subsidies as the virus and tough measures to prevent it have reduced demand for air travel to the lowest level in decades. Last week, United, Delta, JetBlue, Spirit and others said they asked for help. – Leslie Josephs

7:28 a.m .: Malaysia expands movement and travel restrictions

Malaysia has extended travel and travel restrictions for another two weeks until April 28 to stem the spread of the coronavirus, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced on Friday.

The measures, which involve the closure of non-essential schools and businesses, were scheduled to end on April 14.

Malaysia has reported the highest number of cases in Southeast Asia. The country has confirmed 4,346 coronavirus infections and 70 deaths, according to its Ministry of Health. – Yen Nee Lee

Police inspect vehicles at a roadblock on the fifth day of the movement control order amid the COVID-19 epidemic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, March 22, 2020.

Mohd Daud | NurPhoto | Getty Images

7:10 a.m .: New cases from Singapore jump nearly 200

Singapore has reported 198 additional cases of Covid-19, bringing its number to 2,108 with six deaths Friday at noon, according to the country’s health ministry.

The Southeast Asian country has reported an increase in the number of new cases in recent weeks, prompting the government to implement strict social distancing and quarantine measures, including the temporary closure of schools and workplaces deemed non-essential. – Yen Nee Lee

All times below are Eastern Time.

5:30 p.m .: Economists say US is in short, deep recession, but consumers should keep spending despite job losses

The economy is already in a recession that will be short and deep and even with a spike in unemployment, consumers should continue to spend, according to a survey by the National Association for Business Economics.

The 45 economists polled by NABE expect the economy to contract by 26.5% in the second quarter, after a 2.4% drop in GDP in the first quarter. In the second half, they expect positive growth, with an increase of 2% in the third quarter and 5.8% in the fourth quarter.

“NABE Outlook Survey panelists believe the US economy is already in recession and will remain in a state of contraction in the first half of 2020, as the Covid-19 pandemic severely restricts economic activity,” said NABE president , Constance Hunter, CBE, Chief Economist. , KPMG. –Patti Domm

3:36 p.m .: Trump says economy won’t reopen until he is sure

President Donald Trump said on Friday that he would not reopen the economy “until we know this country is healthy.”

The United States Department of Health and Human Services has projected that the lifting of home care orders, school closings and social distancing after just 30 days would lead to a spike in infection this summer, according to documents reported for the first time by the New York Times.

Asked if Trump had seen the federal projections that the coronavirus could reappear if the 30-day on-site shelter orders were lifted, he replied that he had not seen the projections.

“We are considering a date, we hope to be able to meet a certain date, but we do nothing until we know this country is going to be healthy,” Trump said in a press briefing at the White House. “We don’t want to go back and start again, even if it would be on a smaller scale. “-Noah Higgins-Dunn

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