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The United States has become the first country to register more than 20,000 dead related to coronavirus. The total of 20,071, according to data from Johns Hopkins University on Saturday, places the United States at 603 dead ahead of Italy, in second place. The United States also has more than triple the number of confirmed cases than Spain, the second most affected country. Three states in particular have been seriously affected: New York, New Jersey and Michigan are responsible for three out of five deaths in the country.
The number of deaths and intensive care patients for coronavirus in France fell, but Jérôme Salomon, Director General of Health, urged people to stay at home and continue to respect other measures to stop the spread of the pandemic. He reported an additional 353 deaths in French hospitals and 290 deaths in homes and retirement homes, bringing the total number of Covid-19 deaths since March 1 to 13,832.
The Canadian Parliament should pass a law to implement a 75% wage subsidy for employers who have lost significant income due to Covid-19. The House of Commons met for a rare Saturday session with the minimum number of MPs physically present in Ottawa to do business. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau described the bill as “the most important economic measures since the Second World War”.
Interior Minister Priti Patel has refused to apologize shortage of personal protective equipment for the staff of the National Health Service on the front line in the fight against coronavirus. When asked at the daily Downing Street briefing if she wanted to apologize for a lack of PPE, Ms. Patel replied, “I’m sorry if people think there have been failures. “
New York Schools will remain closed until the end of the school year in late June, city officials have announced. School Chancellor Richard Carranza, who runs the largest public education system in the United States, said his 1.1 million students would complete the term through online learning.
The owners are about to start legal action against retailers, including Boots and Poundstretcher for refusal to pay rent despite staying open while the coronavirus is locked. The pharmacy chain and the low-cost retailer are among those who will receive statutory notices to force them to pay. Only 41% of retailers paid rent on the last collection day of March 25, according to data compiled by Remit Consulting from six leading property management companies covering more than 25,000 leases.
Family lawyers in the United Kingdom report an increase in inquiries from people hard hit by the economic turmoil caused by coronaviruses seeking to challenge generous divorce settlements following a change in their financial situation. The coronavirus pandemic has plunged the stock markets into chaos and caused unemployment to rise across the UK, causing problems for some divorced people with high maintenance obligations.
Pope calls for unity to fight coronavirus pandemic
Pope Francis, head of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, called for unity to fight the coronavirus pandemic as Christians celebrated Easter this weekend.
The Pope celebrated Easter Eve Mass on Saturday evening in an almost empty St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. In the live service, the pope said he hoped Easter would bring hope at “the darkest hour.”
“May our common fight against the Covid-19 pandemic lead everyone to recognize the great need to strengthen brotherly and sisterly ties,” the 83-year-old pontiff wrote on his Twitter account on Saturday.
“These days, we are starting to see other consequences of the pandemic,” he said. “One is hunger. We are starting to see the consequences. Pray together for families who are in need and who are already hungry because of the pandemic. “
Pope Francis made reference to home stay orders issued in many countries due to the pandemic. “Let us pray together for those who are homeless,” he said. “At this time when everyone is supposed to be at home, that society is helping them and that the Church is welcoming them.”
New Zealand expects more deaths in nursing homes
The number of coronavirus-related deaths in New Zealand has doubled to four this weekend with the deaths of two elderly people, the country’s ministry of health reported.
“As we said before, this can be a very serious disease – especially for the elderly, but also for those with underlying health conditions,” said director of public health Caroline McElnay .
An 80-year-old man died at Wellington Public Hospital and another 70-year-old man died at Burwood Hospital in Christchurch.
Dr. McElnay said more deaths among the elderly were likely. The Christchurch man was among a group of 20 residents transferred from an elderly care home as part of a “cluster management process”.
Cayman Islands plans to expand flight schedule
The government of the Cayman Islands, a British overseas possession in the Caribbean, will consider this week whether to expand its flight schedule to allow foreign citizens to return home.
The closed island nation currently operates only an irregular British Airways “air bridge” between the United Kingdom and the Cayman Islands during the pandemic.
Governor Martyn Roper said on Saturday that the government plans to introduce flights to Managua, Miami, Kingston and Toronto. “Nothing has been agreed yet,” he said.
With a population of around 65,000, Cayman has recorded 53 cases of Covid-19, with one death.
Coronavirus lockdown jeopardizes global tea harvest
Coronavirus blockages threaten the global supply of tea, with traders rushing to secure stocks.
In India, which is in the middle of a three-week halt to stop the spread of the virus, production in the main growing regions of Assam and Darjeeling stopped just as the plucking season was due to start.
The first flush in Darjeeling, one of the world’s most popular breweries known as “champagne” tea, has already been lost, the planters said.
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Walt Disney World, Florida to stop paying 43,000 workers
The Walt Disney World theme park in Florida will stop paying wages to 43,000 workers as of April 19, according to a coalition of unions representing employees.
Workers will be able to keep their medical, dental and life insurance benefits for the duration of the leave period, or up to one year, and seniority and pay rates will remain unchanged, said the statement released on Saturday by the Service Trades Council Union.
Walt Disney World closed in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The agreement provides “stronger protections and benefits for 43,000 unionized workers at Disney than virtually all other workers on leave or laid off” in the United States, the union told its members.
About 200 “essential” workers will remain in the theme park, the union said.
The union criticized the Florida unemployment system. “The workers have been trying for weeks to apply and receive money … the online application is terrible. Checks do not arrive. “
Florida offers an advantage to the unemployed of up to $ 275 a week, and the US government passed a bill on March 26 creating a weekly federal advantage of $ 600 as part of its coronavirus stimulus package.
Edward White in Wellington
South Korea is forcing people who violate coronavirus quarantine rules to wear electronic wristbands, while authorities are turning to tougher surveillance to stop further epidemics.
Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said the move was necessary after growing concern over violations of the self-isolation measures.
“The government has decided to put electronic bracelets on people who violate the rules of self-isolation, such as going out without notice and not answering phone calls,” said Chung, according to a media release from the media. ‘State.
Policymakers around the world have been closely monitoring Seoul’s response to the global pandemic after the deployment of generalized tests coupled with contact tracing technology and social distancing that quickly mastered what was the worst epidemic in late February. outside of China.
The latest steps are being taken despite South Korean law already authorizing health officials – via the police – to require telecom operators to provide mobile phone data to track the location information of any patient.
The rules – which were updated after the Mers epidemic in 2015, when health officials had problems finding the contacts of infectious patients – allowed for a notification system alerting the public to the movements of all confirmed infections in their neighborhoods or buildings.
There has been little public opposition to the erosion of privacy inherent in the tracking system. People are generally grateful for the places to avoid and see action as a necessity in the fight against the epidemic.
Health officials in South Korea reported 32 new cases of the virus on Sunday, against a peak of more than 900 at the end of February, bringing the country’s total confirmed infection to 10,512. The number of patients cured continues to exceed new infections, with 125 new recoveries, bringing the number to 7,368.
While the country has so far avoided a national lockout, health officials are concerned about the potential for new outbreaks amid lingering problems in the past few weeks of infections discovered among Koreans returning from abroad and several isolated clusters.
The Korea Centers for Disease Control is also studying urgently why dozens of recovered coronavirus patients tested positive for the disease a few days later.
Mexico’s coronavirus infections among the top 1,000
Jude Webber in Mexico City
Coronavirus infections in Mexico City have exceeded 1,000, with the country reporting a smaller than usual increase in infections at 4,129.
The death toll increased by 17% to 273.
Mexico has admitted that its sentinel epidemiological assessment model underestimates the actual number of cases. The true figure is about eight times higher, suggesting that the actual level of infection is over 33,000.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador thanked the Mexicans for staying at their home in a message posted on social networks, in which he declared that he did not spend Easter on his ranch in the south of the state of Chiapas as d habit due to health emergency.
He boasted that Mexico was among the 10 countries with the lowest number of cases and deaths and said the nation “would be a lesson to the world” in its handling of the pandemic. “We do this professionally and with a lot of responsibility,” he said.
Amy Kazmin in New Delhi
Indian migrant workers trapped by the country’s coronavirus blockade – which is now entering its fourth week – are starting to revolt, furious at having been trapped away from home without work for weeks.
Residents of a shelter near New Delhi’s main bus station clashed with police and civil defense volunteers who provided food for two consecutive days, and two temporary cabins were set on fire.
The shelter is normally used by homeless people in the city – especially during the cold winter – but now its occupants include migrant workers locked up in their factories and unable to return home to villages across India due the suspension of all public transport across the country.
In the western city of Surat, known for its diamond polishing and textile industries, more than 1,000 migrant workers – mostly from the eastern state of Odisha – took to the streets Friday evening to claim their salary arrears and allow them to be cleared. to go home.
Enraged workers blocked the roads, burned handcarts – normally used to sell vegetables – and tires and pounded stones to the police, who were called to restore order. Authorities said 80 people had been arrested.
On March 24, the government imposed a strict 21-day national curfew after public transportation had already been suspended for several days.
The move surprised many people in the country, including the country’s army of migrant workers, who work mainly in the informal sector and in casual jobs, and whose incomes have now come to naught.
After the isolation was imposed, millions of people went on long hikes to their villages of origin. But for others, the distance was simply too long to undertake such an endeavor, leaving them dependent on charitable donations.
Indian authorities report that one million migrant workers across the country are housed and fed in 26,000 centers run by government and charitable organizations.
Another 7.4 million people are fed through various food camps, while 1.5 million receive food and shelter on the premises of the factories or industries where they worked.
Many Indian states have already decided to continue the lockdown – which is scheduled to end on April 14 – until at least April 30, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to announce a national policy today or Monday.
Jamie Smyth in Sydney
Australian authorities have warned the public and businesses of the expectation of an imminent lifting of social displacement restrictions despite significant success in reducing the rate of spread of the coronavirus.
Josh Frydenberg, the treasurer of Australia, said on Sunday that severe restrictions on the movement of people, working at home and limiting gatherings have helped slow the spread of the virus and should remain in place for the time being.
“We flattened this curve. We must consolidate the gains. If you look at Japan, if you look at Singapore, they both thought they had been very successful. Now they have seen a second wave of cases, “he said.
“We have to take the medical opinion,” said Frydenberg. “It is very dangerous – and unrealistic – to get ahead of medical advice. He has served Australia well. “
Canberra has warned that social distancing measures should remain in place for up to six months, leaving normally crowded Easter weekend destinations such as Sydney’s Bondi Beach, pictured, deserted.
The rate at which coronavirus cases increase on average every day in Australia has dropped in the past two weeks, from just over 15% to around 1%.
There are just under 6,300 cases in Australia and 57 deaths reported.
The success of the slowdown in the spread of the virus has prompted some companies and sports to consider resuming activity early to limit damage to the economy.
The Rugby League announced a plan to relaunch their season on May 28 and business figures have warned the government that many companies will not survive a six-month blockage.
But Frydenberg told the Australian state broadcaster that the government would follow medical advice when it plans to reopen the economy.
He cited the example of Sweden and the United States, where authorities faced a barrage of coronavirus cases and numerous deaths as reasons why Australia should continue to listen to medical advice.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gave the example of staying at home on Sunday with a one-minute “home video” posted on his Twitter account.
An expressionless M. is seen petting his dog, reading a book, sipping in a cup and clicking on his remote control.
“We cannot meet friends. We can’t go out drinking, ”he tweeted in Japanese. “But many lives are saved by these actions by everyone. “
Singer Gen Hoshino also appears in the split-screen video, singing about social distancing.
China spends more than $ 200 million on coronavirus treatments
Nicolle Liu in Hong Kong
China has spent nearly 1.5 billion rupees ($ 213 million) to treat confirmed or suspected coronavirus patients, a government official said on Sunday.
Xiong Xianjun, an official with the National Healthcare Security Administration, said public medical insurance paid for two-thirds of the expenses.
As of April 6, nearly 52,000 patients with coronavirus have been admitted to the hospital, he added.
Average medical costs for each Covid-19 patient are 21,500 Rmb, with costs reaching more than 150,000 Rmb for severe cases, said Mr. Xiong.
Treatment costs for some critically ill cases have exceeded Rmb1m, he added.
The National Health Commission reported on Saturday 99 new cases of coronavirus, 97 of which were imported.
The total number of infections in the country is 82,052, with 3,339 deaths.
Japanese Minister Warns People To Reduce Social Interactions
Kana Inagaka in Tokyo
The Japanese government has warned that it could take more than two months to stem the spread of the coronavirus epidemic unless people dramatically reduce their interactions during the month-long partial lockout that started this weekend.
Speaking in a program broadcast by the NHK state channel, Yasutoshi Nishimura, the minister for economic revitalization who oversees measures against coronaviruses, said that person-to-person interactions have dropped by 60 to 70% , based on the number of train users and tracking data provided by the mobiles. carriers.
“I urge the business community to take strong action to reduce human interactions by 80%,” said Nishimura on Sunday, stating that it would take two to three months to stem the epidemic if the level of interaction was only reduced from 60 to 70. percent.
In a state of emergency declared last week, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe granted the governors of seven urban prefectures – including Tokyo and its suburbs – the power to request the closure of companies to increase social distancing and reduce the spread of the pandemic.
Japan now has 7,650 cases of Covid-19 and 712 deaths.
Edward White in Wellington and Kang Buseong in Seoul
Kim Yo Jong, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s younger sister, reinstated in high-level political committee as possible signal of expanded leadership role as Pyongyang faces threat of the global coronavirus pandemic for its fragile health system.
According to North Korean state media, Kim was elected as an alternate member of the political bureau of the ruling Workers’ Party, an organization from which she appeared to have been dismissed after the summit between Kim and Donald failed. Trump, the American president, in Hanoi in the last year.
Ms. Kim, who is considered an important adviser and confidante to her brother, gained international renown when she was sent to attend the Pyeongchang, South Korea Winter Olympics in 2018, becoming the first member of Kim’s regime to visit the since the Korean War.
Rachel Lee, a former North Korean analyst with the US government, said the reinstatement seemed to be consistent with the growing profile of Ms. Kim, who was photographed in the second half of last year, including by issuing statements on the relationship. with the United States and South Korea.
“Her role in Kim’s regime will likely continue to expand,” said Ms. Lee. “Officially, she may be one of the lower ranking members of the party’s political bureau, but her appearances in the media indicate that she plays a role in the whole range of issues, going beyond her official portfolio , which we believe is propaganda. “
After reports of the coronavirus epidemic emerged from neighboring China in January, North Korea quickly closed its borders and state media reported a sharp reduction in quarantine this month in this isolated country.
The FT reported in March that nearly 600 people had been tested for the virus inside the country and North Korean officials secretly requested additional international assistance to increase testing for coronavirus.
Pyongyang’s claims about zero cases of coronaviruses, however, continue to arouse international skepticism, including Robert Abrams, an American general who directs the 28,500 American soldiers in South Korea and called the claim “impossible.”
At the political bureau meeting on Saturday, a new resolution was passed to take “deeper” measures to fight the pandemic, according to the official Korean central press agency.
Yuan Yang in Beijing
African officials have complained to the Chinese government about allegations of racial discrimination against their citizens in the southern city of Guangzhou amid harsh measures to contain the coronavirus epidemic.
The complaints follow numerous social media reports alleging various forms of racial harassment in Guangzhou against foreigners known in Chinese as “black”, such as deportations, selectively applied quarantines and restaurant denial signs .
The American consulate in Guangzhou on Saturday warned African Americans not to travel to the city following such incidents.
Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, said he expressed “our utmost concern” to the Chinese Ambassador to the AU, Liu Yuxi, in a message on Twitter. “The African group in #Beijing also engages with the government,” he wrote.
In a rare public broadcast of a diplomatic meeting, the president of the Nigerian lower house, Femi Gbajabiamila, posted a video on Twitter on Friday showing a meeting with the Chinese ambassador to Nigeria, Zhou Pingjian.
In the video, Mr. Gbajabiamila raises allegations of ill-treatment and demands a response from the Chinese government by Tuesday.
“The President reads the riot to the Chinese ambassador: we will not tolerate the ill-treatment inflicted on Nigerians in China !! Wrote Nigerian lawmaker Akin Alabi in response to the video.
The Ghanaian Minister of Foreign Affairs issued a statement condemning “ill-treatment and racial discrimination” and “the inhuman treatment of Ghanaians and other African nationals”.
Minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey said she had summoned Chinese Ambassador Wang Shiting on the matter.
UAE sees effectiveness of antimalarials against coronavirus
Simeon Kerr in Dubai
The United Arab Emirates has detected another 376 cases of coronavirus, bringing its total to more than 3,700, while the Gulf State is speeding up the pace of testing with 13 drive-through service centers and other facilities.
The number of deaths has increased to 20.
Over the past few days, health officials have tested an additional 20,000 people, with newly diagnosed patients in stable condition.
In a briefing on Saturday, the Ministry of Health said there had been “a remarkable increase” in the number of fully recovered patients. About 590 people have recovered from Covid-19 in the country.
Some preliminary studies have shown the effectiveness of drugs such as the antimalarials chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, which are used for treatment with UAE.
The ministry said the accelerated tests had detected more cases and allowed the authorities to limit the spread by isolating anyone in contact with infected people.
About 540,000 of the UAE’s 9.6 million people were tested last week, officials said.
Trapped UK property fund investors charge £ 10m a month
Retail investors trapped in UK property funds have spent nearly £ 10 million on fees in the past month, though they have been unable to sell and questions remain over the value of their investments.
At least 10 daily-traded real estate funds with over £ 12.9 billion in assets were suspended after the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic cast doubt on the value of their underlying properties.
However, most real estate fund managers, including Legal & General, Janus Henderson, Standard Life Aberdeen and Columbia Threadneedle, continue to charge management fees during the period of suspension.
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Nigeria seeks $ 7 billion as coronavirus and oil prices drive economy down
To show how badly the Nigerian economy has been hit by the coronavirus pandemic and falling oil prices, Africa’s largest oil producer this week warned of an impending recession, asked 7 billion dollars in emergency funding and abandoned an expensive oil subsidy program.
Although the country of 200 million people recorded a relatively modest 254 cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, with only six deaths, Zainab Ahmed, the Minister of Finance, warned that Nigeria would fall into its second recession in five years if drastic measures were not taken to cushion the economic blow.
Ahmed estimated this week that the economy could contract by as much as 3.4% this year without a massive stimulus package including billions of dollars in the central bank, the federal government and international support.
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European ports prepare for bog down on arrival of ships from Asia
European ports and warehouses will face a blockage of manufactured products in the coming weeks as container ships that left Asia before the spread of the coronavirus pandemic reach their destinations to find that demand has evaporated .
The goods that retailers ordered during the short period of recovery in the Chinese economy, but before the foreclosure of European countries, began to land in ports such as Rotterdam, Antwerp and Hamburg.
But parts of Europe have come to a virtual standstill due to movement and business restrictions aimed at stopping the spread of the virus.
“This cargo is coming to Europe and nobody wants it – that’s the problem. You will have four to five weeks of inventory in ports, “said Lars Jensen, Managing Director of SeaIntelligence Consulting.
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15,000 cases of coronavirus in Russia
Henry Foy in Moscow
Russia recorded 2,186 new cases of coronavirus on Sunday, a new daily record increase, while Moscow, which accounts for two-thirds of the country’s infections, has decided to tighten controls on the flow of people through the city.
The 16% jump brings the total number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in Russia to 15,770, about double every four days. The number of people killed by the virus increased by 24 people to reach 130 in total overnight.
In the first weeks of the pandemic, Russia recorded far fewer cases than other major European countries, but saw an outbreak of infections in the past two weeks, prompting the Kremlin to warn that the epidemic was not even close to peaking.
On Saturday, the mayor of Moscow announced that an electronic pass system would be put in place this week, citizens are prohibited from using public transport or vehicles without first obtaining a pass from the authorities of the city.
Less than 5,000 small businesses have been able to access state-backed emergency loans to help them weather the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, said the UK secretary of business.
Alok Sharma said he hoped “an increase in flowing money” to businesses in the next few days, but that only 4,200 businesses had received money so far, about three weeks after its launch.
Businesses seeking emergency funds have criticized the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Program (CBILS) for imposing difficult conditions on borrowers and for its slowness.
Speaking to Sky News, Sharma said:
I have spent the past two days talking directly to some of the larger lenders in this program, and I have made it very clear to them that we need to withdraw money as quickly as possible.
Iranian Rouhani warns of overcrowded public transport
Monavar Khalaj in Tehran
Iranian President Hassan Rouhan has urged residents of major cities across the country to use private cars and taxis to commute to work and make other essential daily movements.
Iran eased traffic restrictions on Saturday, allowing most of the low- and medium-risk companies to spread the coronavirus to reopen. The travel ban between the provinces will be lifted on April 20.
The release from solitary confinement has resulted in significant trafficking in the capital Tehran and other major cities. National media reported on Saturday a 40% increase in the number of commuters in the Tehran metro.
“Public transport must not have more passengers than their seats,” said Rouhani on Sunday.
With less than two months to go before Ramadan’s fasting month, the president said that mosques could remain closed while public gatherings for prayers and broken breaks will not be allowed.
The Iranian health ministry said on Sunday that the death toll had reached 4,474, up from 4,357 the day before.
European Commission President urges EU countries to coordinate
Jim Brunsden Reports
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen urged EU countries to work together after the bloc was on the verge of “tearing itself apart” at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
“We started with 27 shy, inward-looking little hearts, now we grow together in one heart. You just have to beat harder, ”said von der Leyen to the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag.
“At first there was a lack of solidarity, everyone just looked at their problems, the borders closed without agreement,” she told the newspaper in a telephone interview. “After a few days, member states noticed that they were exacerbating their own problems. Today, the desire to succeed together is back. “
Brussels has struggled to steer Europe’s response to the pandemic, being initially ignored by decisions in Germany, France and elsewhere to close the borders and block cross-border sales of crucial protective equipment – a decision that fueled a sense of betrayal in Italy, which was already engulfed in the fight against the virus.
The commission later played a more co-ordinating role, but was criticized last week by governments for devising an exit strategy for the closings without sufficiently consulting the national capitals – Ms von der Leyen was ultimately forced to postpone its adoption.
She added that Brussels was ready to initiate a legal infringement procedure against Hungary if the new power of Prime Minister Viktor Orban were to breach EU democratic standards.
Emergency measures to fight the crisis must be “proportionate, time-limited, democratically controlled,” she said. «Je suis prêt à agir si les restrictions vont au-delà de ce qui est autorisé.»
Nicolle Liu à Hong Kong
Le nombre de nouveaux cas de coronavirus à Hong Kong en une journée est revenu à un chiffre dimanche, alors que le territoire a adopté des mesures strictes de distanciation sociale après une deuxième vague d’infections.
Le ministère de la Santé a déclaré qu’il y avait quatre nouveaux cas dimanche – et trois des personnes infectées étaient à l’étranger pendant la période d’incubation. Il s’agit du plus faible nombre de nouveaux cas en une journée depuis le 14 mars.
Le Dr Chuang Shuk-Kwan du Centre pour la protection de la santé a déclaré que les autorités observaient une tendance à la baisse mais a averti que les gens ne devraient pas baisser la garde.
Je ne peux pas dire que cela soit encore sous contrôle, car ce que l’on entend par sous contrôle est que nous n’avons pas de nouveaux cas pendant une ou deux périodes d’incubation, ce qui représente plus de deux semaines ou un mois.
À ce jour, 1 005 personnes ont été infectées par Covid-19 à Hong Kong, et quatre personnes sont mortes du virus.
Steve Bernard à Londres
Le nombre de nouveaux cas quotidiens de Covid-19 a augmenté de 80 961 samedi, le plus bas nombre de cas supplémentaires en cinq jours. Cela porte le total mondial à plus de 1,7 million.
Le nombre de morts par jour samedi est également tombé à 6 092, poussant le taux d’augmentation quotidien à 6%, son plus bas niveau depuis plus d’un mois. Néanmoins, ces chiffres doivent être pris avec prudence car de nombreux pays d’Afrique et d’Amérique du Sud sont dans leur phase d’accélération précoce.
Les États-Unis ont eu un petit répit hier, bien qu’ils soient devenus le pays avec le plus grand nombre de morts. Il a enregistré son plus faible nombre de décès depuis cinq jours, le taux d’augmentation étant tombé en dessous de 10% pour la première fois depuis la mi-mars. Aux États-Unis, le nombre de personnes qui ont perdu la vie à cause du virus Covid-19 s’élève désormais à 20 580.
L’Espagne et l’Italie semblent avoir largement dépassé leurs sommets respectifs. L’Espagne enregistre son plus faible nombre de décès depuis 19 jours. Le Royaume-Uni, cependant, a enregistré samedi son troisième bilan de 917 morts, ce qui porte le total à près de 10 000 à 9 875.
Le nombre de personnes qui se sont rétablies du virus a augmenté de 26 455, pour un total de 402 709 dans le monde.
L’Arabie saoudite prolonge le couvre-feu des coronavirus
Ahmed Al Omran à Riyad
Le roi Salman d’Arabie saoudite a ordonné la prolongation indéfinie d’un couvre-feu national pour contenir la propagation du coronavirus, a déclaré dimanche le ministère de l’Intérieur, après que le royaume ait signalé un nombre croissant d’infections au cours des cinq derniers jours.
La semaine dernière, les autorités ont placé la capitale Riyad et d’autres grandes villes sous couvre-feu toute la journée tandis que le reste du pays reste sous couvre-feu de 15 h 00 à 6 h 00 afin de limiter la propagation du virus.
Le royaume a confirmé jusqu’à présent 4 033 cas après avoir effectué plus de 115 585 tests sur sa population d’environ 30 millions d’habitants. 52 personnes sont mortes du virus. Les personnes décédées étaient pour la plupart des travailleurs étrangers, a déclaré un porte-parole du ministère de la Santé.
Le pays a pris des mesures drastiques dans le but de freiner la transmission du virus, notamment la suspension des visas de pèlerinage, l’arrêt des vols internationaux et nationaux et l’interdiction des déplacements entre les différentes régions du royaume.
Les hospitalisations belges se stabilisent
Le ministère belge de la Santé a déclaré que le nombre d’admissions à l’hôpital se stabilisait, le pays ayant connu sa plus forte baisse d’une journée du nombre de personnes en soins intensifs depuis le début de la pandémie.
Le ministère a indiqué que 1 223 personnes étaient en soins intensifs hier avec Covid-19, une baisse de 39 par rapport aux données de la veille. Le nombre total de personnes hospitalisées pour cette maladie était de 5 353, soit près de 300 de moins que la veille.
« Le nombre de cas sur notre territoire continue d’augmenter », a indiqué le ministère. «Le nombre d’hospitalisations se stabilise, mais reste assez élevé.»
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Un conseiller principal du gouvernement a averti que le Royaume-Uni était « probablement l’un des pires, sinon les pires » pays touchés par le coronavirus en Europe.
Elle survient alors que le nombre de décès au Royaume-Uni devrait atteindre 10 000 le dimanche de Pâques. Le nombre de personnes décédées du virus a augmenté de 917 à 9 875 samedi, dont 19 agents de santé.
Sir Jeremy Farrar, directeur de l’organisme de bienfaisance médical britannique Wellcome Trust, a reconnu que le déploiement rapide des tests de coronavirus dans des pays tels que l’Allemagne « vous fait gagner du temps » et « il y a sans aucun doute des leçons à tirer de cela ».
Pendant des semaines, les ministres ont défendu la politique britannique de mettre fin aux tests communautaires de masse le 12 mars, alors que 5 000 Britanniques étaient soupçonnés d’être infectés par la maladie.
« Les chiffres au Royaume-Uni ont continué d’augmenter », a déclaré dimanche Sir Jeremy, également conseiller scientifique du gouvernement britannique, au Andrew Marr Show de la BBC. « Et oui, le Royaume-Uni est probablement l’un des pires, sinon le pire pays touché d’Europe. “
Alok Sharma, le secrétaire britannique aux affaires, a refusé de dire s’il acceptait la prédiction sévère de Sir Jeremy. « Différents pays sont à des stades différents de ce cycle », a-t-il déclaré à la place au même programme. « Ce que nous avons vu, ce sont les mesures que nous avons annoncées qui ont un effet. “
Les chiffres analysés samedi par l’équipe de données du FT montrent que le Royaume-Uni représente plus de décès quotidiens que l’Espagne ou l’Italie.
L’Espagne se prépare à lever l’interdiction des travaux non essentiels
Daniel Dombey à Madrid
Le nombre officiel de décès par coronavirus en Espagne a de nouveau augmenté alors que le pays se prépare à lever certaines des restrictions à son verrouillage d’un mois.
L’Espagne lève une interdiction de travail jugée non essentielle lundi et prévoit de distribuer des millions de masques dans le but d’empêcher la vitesse de transmission du virus d’augmenter à nouveau rapidement. Mais les responsables préviennent que tout retour à la normalité sera lent et progressif.
619 personnes sont mortes du virus au cours des dernières 24 heures, selon les chiffres du gouvernement dimanche, ce qui porte le nombre total de décès en Espagne à 16 972. Le bilan des morts de dimanche est plus élevé que la veille mais bien inférieur au pic de 950 enregistré il y a un peu plus d’une semaine.
Le nombre de cas de coronavirus dans le pays ralentit également. À l’heure actuelle, 166 019 cas ont été documentés, soit une augmentation de 2,6% par rapport au chiffre de samedi.
– mais bien en deçà des taux de propagation du virus du mois dernier. Jusqu’à présent, 62 391 personnes se sont rétablies.
Le vice-président de la BCE affirme que l’économie de la zone euro pourrait reculer de 10%
Martin Arnold à Francfort
Luis de Guindos, vice-président de la Banque centrale européenne, a déclaré qu’une reprise économique complète dans la région ne se produirait pas avant l’année prochaine et même dans ce cas, il est peu probable qu’elle puisse compenser les effets de la crise des coronavirus.
L’Europe est susceptible de souffrir d’une récession plus grave que l’économie mondiale, a averti M. de Guindos dans une interview à La Vanguardia en Espagne, prévoyant que si le blocage des coronavirus durait trois mois, l’économie de la zone euro se rétrécirait d’environ 10%.
Mr de Guindos, a former Spanish economy minister and ex-investment banker, added that Spain’s economy was “more exposed to the crisis” because of its reliance on sectors like tourism, which meant the country would suffer “a deeper recession”.
He said the ECB would spend €120bn-€130bn on buying Spanish bonds, as part of its plans to purchase assets worth €1.1tn this year in an attempt to keep borrowing costs low for governments, companies and households during the pandemic.
He forecast that eurozone countries would have €1tn-€1.5tn of extra funding requirements, “an amount the likes of which we’ve probably never seen before”. But he said eurozone debt levels were “sustainable”.
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Bill Gates: We are in ‘uncharted territories’
Microsoft founder Bill Gates has said « we find ourselves in uncharted territories » after the international community failed to properly prepare for a pandemic.
The co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation told the BBC that « very few countries are going to get an A-grade » for their response to coronavirus.
« Here we are. We didn’t simulate this, we didn’t practice, so [with] both health policies and economic policies we find ourselves in uncharted territory, » he said.
Mr Gates gave a detailed interview to the FT earlier this week, and said there is a ‘humanitarian and a self-interested’ case for rich countries to help the developing world. You can read a transcript of that interview here.
Police officers stand guard in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Reuters
Pope Francis holds his Easter Sunday mass with no public participation. Reuters
The Evangelical Church of Peace during the Easter service in Swidnica, southwestern Poland. EPA-EFE/Shutterstock
UK PM Boris Johnson out of hospital
Laura Hughes in London
The prime minister Boris Johnson has been discharged from hospital after being moved out of intensive care three days ago, Downing Street announced.
A government spokesperson said he would not “immediately” return to work but would continue to recover from coronavirus at his Chequers country retreat.
On the advice of his medical team, the PM will not immediately return to work. He would like to thank everyone in St Thomas’ for the brilliant care he received. All his thoughts are with the people affected by this disease.
Carrie Symonds, his pregnant fiancé, said there had been some “very dark” moments last week and thanked the NHS for Mr Johnson’s care.
Joshua Chaffin in New York
Coronavirus has threatened to overwhelm New York’s healthcare system with a surge of patients, but it is also taxing its “deathcare” system, clogging the morgues, cemeteries and funeral homes that process the bodies and convey them to their final resting place.
“It’s like a bomb dropped and nobody was prepared for it,” said Tom Habermann, a funeral director in the Queens borough of New York City, who in normal times, might conduct two or three funerals a week. “We’re getting 40, 50, 60 calls a day.”
New York City has attempted to cope by erecting temporary mortuary facilities and deploying some 40 refrigerated trucks to city hospitals. Un membre du conseil municipal a averti qu’il commencerait bientôt à enterrer les corps dans les parcs publics.
Mayor Bill de Blasio has also been forced to acknowledge that the surging death rate — which topped 8,000 on Saturday — will probably force the city to bury some of the dead on Hart Island, the Dickensian public cemetery in the Long Island Sound that is run by the prison system. Since 1869, it has become the resting place for roughly 1m poor and unclaimed New Yorkers, including victims of the 1918 influenza pandemic and the Aids epidemic.
Read more here.
10,000 dead in the UK
Laura Hughes in London
The UK coronavirus death toll exceeded 10,000 on Easter Sunday, shortly after a senior government adviser warned the UK is on track to be one of the countries worst affected by coronavirus in Europe.
The Department for Health announced that the death toll rose in England by 657 to 9,594, taking the overall death toll in hospitals across the UK to over 10,500.
The latest UK wide figures, which collate figures published in all four nations, are expected to be published in full later today.
Frankfurt police arrest men after attack on officers
Martin Arnold in Frankfurt
German police have arrested a group of young men in Frankfurt who attacked them with stones and iron bars after they tried to enforce the country’s social distancing rules.
The clashes happened in a suburb of Germany’s financial capital on Friday night when a police patrol car spotted a group of young men who were clearly ignoring the rules that limit public gatherings to no more than two non-family members.
When the police got out of their car they were attacked by about 20 men. « Some of the men were armed with stones, roof tiles and iron bars and were threatening the officers, » the police said in a statement.
After a helicopter helped to search for the men, the police raided an apartment where they found several weapons including samurai swords and knives. The officers arrested six men aged between 23 and 31.
The arrests came only hours before Germany’s president, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, called on the population in a rare televised address to show patience, discipline and solidarity during the coronavirus pandemic, adding that the crisis had brought out “the best and the worst in people.”
NHS “score” tool for deciding which patients receive intensive care
Peter Foster in Brighton, Bethan Staton and Naomi Rovnick in London
Les médecins qui font face au pic à venir de l’épidémie de coronavirus devront «marquer» des milliers de patients pour décider qui convient au traitement de soins intensifs à l’aide d’un outil de décision Covid-19 développé par le National Health Service.
With approximately 5,000 cases of coronavirus appearing every day and some intensive care departments already approaching capacity, doctors will classify patients according to three parameters – their age, frailty and the underlying conditions – according to a table distributed to clinicians.
Patients with a combined score of more than eight points in all three categories should probably not be admitted to intensive care, according to the Covid-19 decision support tool, although clinical discretion may prevail. decision.
You can read the full story here.
Boris Johnson: NHS saved my life
Boris Johnson has said it « could have gone either way » and thanked the NHS for saving his life when he was in intensive care suffering from coronavirus.
« I have today left hospital after a week in which the NHS has saved my life, no question, » the prime minister said in a video posted on Twitter.
The message offered some insight into how serious his condition was. Mr Johnson thanked two nurses in particular – Jenny from New Zealand and Luis from Portugal – who « stood by my bedside for 48 hours when things could have gone either way ».
He added: « The reason in the end my body did start to get enough oxygen was because for every second of the night they were watching, and they were thinking, and they were caring and making the interventions. “
Mr Johnson thanked NHS staff around the country and the people of the UK for observing social distancing rules during a sunny Easter long weekend.
« We are now making progress in this incredible national battle against coronavirus, » he said.
Spanish prime minister calls for cross-party unity to restart economy
Daniel Dombey in Madrid
Pedro Sánchez, Spain’s prime minister, pleaded with the country’s opposition to join cross-party talks to agree a blueprint to rebuild the economy after the ravages of the coronavirus crisis.
In a televised statement and press conference, Mr Sánchez said he would be convening meetings this week to set out a path for the country’s economic and social reconstruction.
Spain’s economy is set to be one of the worst hit in the EU because of the important role of tourism and of small companies with limited capital, and the large proportion of workers on temporary contracts who can be relatively easily sacked.
Mr Sánchez said: « As long as this emergency persists, no words will leave my lips other than [calls for] unity and gratitude to all the political forces that have shown a favourable attitude to this grand agreement to reconstruct the country. “
But Pablo Casado, the leader of the main opposition People’s party, dismissed the initiative as a “marketing ploy”. In an interview with the ABC newspaper he said of Mr Sánchez: “It seems as if he wants to cover his incompetence and share his errors with others. More than pacts I ask him for a shock plan to prevent hundreds of Spaniards from dying every day.”
Number of deaths in the UK falls for second day in a row
The number of daily coronavirus deaths in the UK has fallen for the second day in a row, offering some hope that the outbreak could be around its peak.
There were 737 deaths in the 24 hours to 5pm on Saturday, the lowest daily rise in nearly a week.
10,612 people have died in UK hospitals having tested positive for coronavirus, the Department of Health has confirmed.
The daily fatality figures account for deaths in hospitals,but exclude cases in the community such as in care homes.
Mexico stock exchange chief dies of virus complications
Jude Webber in Mexico City
The president of Mexico’s stock exchange has died from coronavirus complications, the highest profile victim to date in Latin America’s second biggest economy.
“The Mexican Stock Exchange informs with profound sadness that Jaime Ruiz Sacristán, president of its board, died today,” the BMV said in a statement.
Mr Sacristan, 70, contracted coronavirus on a trip to the US ski resort, Vail.
“Today we have lost a great Mexican, a traditional banker, financial genius and sound person,” tweeted Antonio del Valle, head of the Mexican Business Council of major corporations.
Mexico reported 4,219 confirmed cases as of Saturday and 273 deaths but Hugo López-Gatell, Mexico’s coronavirus czar, said last week that the true number of infections was more than eight times higher.
A global hackathon supported by the Financial Times is inviting organisations and individuals in the legal sector to develop solutions to problems created by the coronavirus pandemic.
The FT Innovative Lawyers reports have over the past 15 years recognised individuals and firms for their skills in solving complex problems for business and society. Now we are asking these innovators to help tackle some of the urgent challenges posed by Covid-19.
The deadline to register as a participant or to suggest a challenge is April 26. Organised by Global Legal Hackathon (GLH), and supported by FT Innovative Lawyers, the hackathon will take place online from April 27 to May 17.
Organisations of any type are invited to submit challenges, which can relate to their business, industry, staff, clients, communities, their country, or the world. Participants in the hackathon will then form teams to address challenges which might range from the online functioning of courts to helping migrant workers caught in lockdown limbo.
Read more as part of the FT’s Lawyers in Crisis special report.
UK marks ‘sombre’ Easter Sunday as deaths pass 10,000
Laura Hughes in London
Matt Hancock, the UK health secretary, said it was a « sombre day » after the coronavirus death toll exceeded 10,000 on Easter Sunday.
Speaking at the daily Downing Street briefing, he said: « Today marks a sombre day in the impact of this disease as we join the list of countries who have seen more than 10,000 deaths related to coronavirus.
“The fact that over 10,000 people have lost their lives because of this invisible killer shows how serious this coronavirus is and why the national effort in which everyone is engaged is so important. “
Asked to commit to a date when protective equipment (PPE) would be made available to all NHS workers on the frontline, Mr Hancock said “effort is moving in the right direction”.
However, he added: « It’s impossible because the quest is to get the right PPE to the right people on the front line at the right time across many millions of people across the NHS and social care.
« I’m glad to say that effort is moving in the right direction, we now have record amounts of PPE that’s been put out into the system but until everyone gets the PPE they need then we won’t rest. “
He said the NHS has not been overwhelmed and has 2,295 spare critical care beds.
Fauci claims ‘pushback’ about imposing distancing measures earlier
Anthony Fauci, the top US medical expert on coronavirus, acknowledged there was « a lot of pushback » about imposing physical distancing guidelines earlier that may have changed the way the outbreak spread in the US.
Dr Fauci was asked during a CNN interview whether lives could have been saved if physical distancing and stay-at-home measures had been introduced in the third week of February, rather than mid-March.
« It’s the what would have, what could have: it’s very difficult to go back and say that, » he said, but added: « Obviously you could logically say that if you had a process that was ongoing and you started mitigation earlier, you could have saved lives. “
But he acknowledged that what goes into such decisions is « complicated ».
« Obviously, if we had right from the very beginning shut everything down, it may have been a little bit different. But there was a lot of pushback about shutting things down back then, » he said.
The US on Saturday reported that more than 20,000 people have died since the outbreak began in the country, surpassing Italy to be the hardest-hit by coronavirus. There have, however, been encouraging signs that the virus might be peaking. Data from the Covid Tracking Project on Saturday showed 1,851 people had died in the past 24 hours, the lowest in five days.
President Donald Trump in late March said he « would love to have the country opened up and raring to go by Easter ».
Italy’s daily death toll eases to 431
David Ghiglione in Rome
A further 431 people were reported today to have died in Italy from coronavirus, a lower daily tally than the 619 seen on Saturday.
The total death toll in the world’s second-hardest-hit country since its outbreak came to light on February 21 rose to 19,899, the Civil Protection Agency said..
The total of confirmed cases increased by 4,092 to 156,363.
While Italy has been under strict social distancing measures since March 9, the government announced on Friday night that the measures would continue until May 3, as new cases continue to rise, even if the growth rate has sharply declined since the early stages of the outbreak.
The lockdown, closing all non-essential Italian businesses and preventing people leaving their homes except for emergencies or essential work, has been in place is due to end on Monday.
The total number of Covid-19 patients in Italy who have recovered increased by 1,677 to 34,211.
Vendredi soir, Giuseppe Conte, Premier ministre italien, a également annoncé la création d’un groupe de travail axé sur la lutte contre les effets de la pandémie, dirigé par Vittorio Colao, l’ancien directeur général de Vodafone. The task force will include managers, economists, lawyers, scientists and sociologists.
New York and New Jersey governors to discuss reopening economy
Joshua Chaffin in New York
Andrew Cuomo, New York’s governor, will hold a call with his New Jersey counterpart today about reopening the regional economy as further evidence suggested that the state’s coronavirus case-load had stabilised.
Mr Cuomo said he had not yet determined when to reopen schools and businesses, and that he would not do so at the risk of public health. But the governor has begun to shift his focus amid signs that the spread of the virus is slowing in New York and the state had managed to avoid some of the worst outcomes predicted by public health experts.
As of Sunday morning, new hospitalisations increased by just 53, the lowest single-day rise since the crisis began. Total hospitalisations have stabilised at just over 18,000 – well below the 55,000 to 110,000 that had been forecast. The death toll, which has been a lagging indicator of the pandemic’s progress, remained high at 758 over the last 24 hours.
As he turned his focus to the economy, the governor continued to lash out at a federal stimulus plan that he criticised as laden with « pork » spending and unfairly tilted toward smaller states that had only been lightly affected by the pandemic.
He also challenged Washington to repeal an element of the 2017 tax bill that penalised New York and other high-tax states that are Democratic-leaning. « A simple way to help New York is right the wrong the federal government did when it passed the SALT tax, » Mr Cuomo said. « Repeal the SALT tax. “
French epidemic reaches ‘very high’ plateau
Victor Mallet in Paris
France on Sunday reported a further 315 coronavirus deaths in hospitals and 251 more in old people’s homes and other care institutions, with the health authorities reporting a small decline in the net number of those in intensive care for Covid-19 for the fourth day running after nearly a month of confinement for the population.
“We are noticing the beginning of a plateau, but it’s very high and we must remain vigilant because hospitals and their intensive care units continue to receive very large numbers of patients,” the health ministry said. “We must not reduce our efforts and should continue to reduce the number of our personal contacts each today so that together we can slow the spread of the virus.”
France has reported 14,393 coronavirus deaths since March 1, of which 9,253 have been in hospital and 5,140 in old people’s homes, although the full death toll is thought to be much higher because of deaths at home.
The number of those in intensive care fell slightly to 6,845, of whom 94 are under 30 years old. In all, 31,826 are in hospital for the disease.
The limited testing available has recorded 95,403 positive tests for Covid-19 in France.
Greece calls for prosecution of priests defying coronavirus ban
Kerin Hope in Athens
Greece’s civil protection agency today called for legal action against two Orthodox priests – the bishop of Corfu island and a parish priest in Athens – for defying a ban on worshippers attending a religious service during the coronavirus outbreak.
The two were accused of allowing several people to enter church premises, even though the Greek Orthodox church last week said priests should hold all services behind closed doors. It suggested that Holy Week services could be streamed live on the internet in the run-up to Orthodox Easter on April 19.
« These events flouted both the law and the orders of the church authorities and put people’s lives in grave danger. The public prosecutor has been asked to investigate, » the agency said.
Five deaths from Covid-19 were reported, taking the total to 98. The number of confirmed cases increased by 33 to 2,114, the health ministry said.
Kuwait’s oil minister says Opec and Russia reach deal
Anjli Raval in London
Kuwait’s oil minister announced on Twitter that Opec and its allies including Russia had reached a deal to cut supplies by close to 10m barrels a day, the largest ever.
The deal, bringing to an end four days of negotiations, is expected to be supplemented by contributions from other countries that the so-called Opec+ group believes will take the cuts to higher levels.
Khaled Al-Fadhel said the cuts would start from May 1.
The cuts have received backing from the US and the wider G20 group of nations in recent days, but getting the deal over the line was fraught over a dispute between Saudi Arabia and Mexico.
Saudi Arabia and Russia end oil price war
Derek Brower, Anjli Raval and David Sheppard in London
Saudi Arabia and Russia ended their oil price war today by finalising a supply deal to make the biggest production cuts in history, following pressure from US President Donald Trump to support an energy sector ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic.
The final agreement by the Opec+ group came after four days of drawn out talks, which at one stage had threatened to unravel despite the backing of the US and G20 energy ministers after Mexico – a relatively small oil producer – angered Saudi Arabia by seeking an exemption from the deal.
But after four days of US pressure and negotiations, the cartel and its allies overcame a final hurdle, when Mexico obtained a lower margin reduction concession than its Opec + counterparts. This resulted in the overall cuts amounting to 9.7m barrels a day between Opec and its allies, including Russia, slightly less than the 10m b/d initially pledged, or roughly 10 per cent of pre-crisis demand.
Kuwait’s oil minister Khaled Ali Al-Fadhel said that after “relentless efforts and continuous talks since the dawn of Friday” the group could announce a cut of “nearly 10m b/d from Opec+ members”.
The move is designed to shore up an industry that has been one of the hardest hit by the pandemic, with measures to try to stem the virus’s spread – such as lockdowns and travel bans – slashing fuel demand by close to a third globally.
Leaders of Russia, Saudi Arabia and US in post deal call
Henry Foy in Moscow
The leaders of Russia, Saudi Arabia and the US held a telephone call tonight after Opec and other oil producers agreed a deal to cut production by 9.7m barrels a day in a bid to meet a slump in demand caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Vladimir Putin, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Donald Trump « supported the agreement reached within the Opec+ group on phased voluntary limitation of oil production in order to stabilize global markets and ensure the sustainability of the global economy as a whole. This agreement has come into effect, » the Kremlin said in a statement.
Additionally, Mr Putin and Mr Trump held a separate call, the Kremlin said, in which « the exchange of views on the situation in the oil markets continued. “
« Once again, the great importance of the transaction in the OPEC-plus format on the reduction of oil production was noted, » the statement added.
Turkey’s interior minister resigns in wake of bungled lockdown order
Laura Pitel in Ankara
Turkey’s powerful interior minister has announced his resignation after the bungling of a weekend lockdown aimed at limiting the spread of coronavirus.
Suleyman Soylu announced his shock departure from government on Twitter, saying he regretted the events that unfolded on Friday night after he declared a 48-hour shutdown.
Crowds of people had descended on bakeries and grocery stores to buy last-minute supplies after the move was announced with just two hours’ notice and with no detail on the rules. That triggered warnings from health experts that the measure may have caused more harm than good, risking a fresh spike in infections in a country already battling one of the world’s fastest growing outbreaks.
Mr Soylu conceded that the images of hordes of people “did not fit with [the impression] of a well-governed process”. He said he took responsibility for what had happened and announced he was resigning from his job.
Mr Soylu, a hardliner with a strong support base in right-wing nationalist circles, had become one of the most powerful figures in the Turkish government since being appointed as interior minister in 2016. His influence was seen by many analysts as second only to that of Berat Albayrak, the finance minister who is also Mr Erdogan’s son-in-law. The two men clashed frequently behind the scenes.
There was no immediate reaction from Mr Erdogan’s office.
US death toll nears 22,000 but daily rate slows again
The coronavirus death toll in the US sat just shy of the 22,000 mark today, but the number of new fatalities dropped for the second consecutive day.
A day after becoming the first country to record 20,000 deaths since the outbreak began, a further 1,564 people died over the past 24 hours, taking the cumulative number of deaths to 21,919, according to data from the Covid Tracking Project released this afternoon.
The daily rate is down from 1,867 new deaths on Saturday and compares with Friday’s record of 2,064. Today’s figure is the lowest since April 6.
This is the third time in the past eight days the daily death rate has posted back-to-back declines.
The falls raise hopes that the outbreak is plateauing or reaching a peak in a number of global hotspots, such as the US, Italy and France.
New York, the hardest-hit US state, today reported a total of 9,385 people had died since the state’s first death was recorded on March 15, but the increase of 758 from the previous 24 hour period was the smallest increase since Tuesday.
World Bank forecasts Latin American economies will shrink 4.6 per cent
Andres Schipani reports from São Paulo
The World Bank said that gross domestic product for Latin America as a whole – excluding crisis-ridden Venezuela – would suffer a 4.6 per cent contraction this year in the face of Covid-19.
« The coronavirus pandemic is fueling a major supply shock. Demand from China and G7 countries is falling dramatically, affecting commodity exporters, » the World Bank said.
Latin America was already the world’s slowest-growing region even before the coronavirus and the oil price crash created a recessional double-blow. The region was still struggling to recover from the end of the commodities supercycle and battered by mass street protests last year. « Growth is suffering as a result, » the World Bank added.
The Washington-based lender forecasts the region’s biggest economies – Brazil, Mexico and Argentina – will be among the hardest hit, with their GDP shrinking by 5 per cent, 6 per cent and 5.2 per cent respectively.
US stock futures and oil prices lower in early Tokyo trade
US stock futures were down and oil prices weaker during early Asian trading on Monday, with investors processing an end to the oil price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia as well as continuing hopes that the coronavirus pandemic was steadying in a number of global hotspots.
Futures for the S&P 500 were down 1.4 per cent around 7.30am Tokyo time on Monday. This follows a 12.1 per cent advance for the physical benchmark in the truncated trading week leading up to Easter, the biggest weekly jump since November 1974, according to Financial Times analysis of Refinitiv data.
Nasdaq 100 futures were off by 1.5 per cent.
Brent crude was down 0.1 per cent at $31.45 a barrel, while West Texas Intermediate was 0.8 per cent lower at $22.56. Prices were initially higher when Asian trading began on Monday just hours after Opec producers agreed to cut daily output by 9.7m barrels a day, removing around a fifth of global oil supply.