- President Trump has pledged to stop immigration to the United States for “the attack on the invisible enemy”
- US oil prices rebounded after falling below zero for the first time in history
- All UN members called for “equitable” access to any COVID-19 vaccine in new resolution
- Oktoberfest has been canceled
- UK death rate up to 40% higher than reported
Coordinated Universal Time (UTC / GMT) updates
09:13 Data from the UK statistics office suggests that the true magnitude of coronavirus deaths in England and Wales until April 10 was more than 40% greater than the deaths reported by the government.
The National Statistics Office (ONS) said on Tuesday that 13,121 people died on April 10, compared to 9,288 deaths in hospitals.
The NSO stated that the main reason for the difference was that its numbers “include all deaths for which COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, even if suspected, and we include deaths in the hospital and in the community ”.
The institute said COVID-19 was a factor in one-third of deaths in England and Wales – and more than half of all deaths in London – during the week ending April 10.
09:05 European industry leader Thierry Breton said it could take 1.3 trillion euros ($ 1.4 trillion) to help the European economy recover from the toll of the pandemic. coronavirus. The epidemic has caused closures in many European countries, essentially ending commercial activity and public life.
Breton told French television station BFM that he wanted all bloc member states to have equal access to finance and credit. He also said he expected the visa-free Schengen area to remain closed over the summer due to the crisis, and that a Marshall plan was needed to get the block tourism industry back on its feet. .
9:00 a.m. Indonesia has banned the traditional mass return which marks the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr in an effort to combat coronavirus infections. The festival, celebrated at the end of the holy month of Ramadan in May, normally involves millions of people traveling from big cities to their villages.
Health experts have warned that the exodus could accelerate infection rates in Muslim-majority Indonesia, which has the highest number of deaths from COVID-19 in East Asia behind China.
“I would like to announce that mass travel will be banned completely,” President Joko Widodo said on Tuesday in a cabinet meeting, overturning an initial government plan to allow people to travel if they isolate themselves. .
Indonesia currently has 6,760 cases of coronavirus, with 590 confirmed deaths.
07:34 Reporters Without Borders (RSF) warns that the coronavirus pandemic “highlights and amplifies” threats to press freedom around the world.
In its annual index, released on Tuesday, the Paris-based watchdog said that some authoritarian regimes have exploited the outbreak to impose extraordinary measures. He also accused China and Iran of censoring information about the virus.
“The coronavirus epidemic has revealed the most important lesson from this crisis, which is that censorship in China is not just about the Chinese people. It is also a threat to anyone on earth, “RSF East Asia chief Cedric Alviani told DW correspondent William Yang. .
“There is certainly a close relationship between the regime and the censorship, and the fact that they tried to do nothing but hide all the information about the epidemic during the first month is the best proof. “
Read more: Norway tops the Press Freedom Index, Iran and Iraq fall on coronavirus
07:20 European stocks fell at the opening due to falling oil prices and weak first quarter results.
The pan-European STOXX 600 index was down 1.1% immediately after opening, pulled by oil companies and miners. All the main indices of European countries slipped.
The London FTSE 100 benchmark fell 1.4%, the DAX in Frankfurt fell 1.7% and the CAC 40 in Paris lost 1.4%.
Read more: US WTI oil benchmark falls below zero
07:14 Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has said the government will unveil its plan before the end of the week for the gradual lifting of the lock-in restrictions which are due to start on May 4.
Italy imposed strict restrictions in early March that closed businesses and prevented people from leaving their homes unless there was an important reason. This week, the number of people infected with the virus fell for the first time since February, while the number of people receiving intensive care fell to its lowest level in a month.
“I wish I could say, let’s reopen everything. At once. We start tomorrow morning … But such a decision would be irresponsible. This would cause the contagion curve to go up in an uncontrolled manner and would reverse any efforts we have made away, “Conte wrote in a Facebook article. “We must act on the basis of a national plan (of reopening), which however takes account of territorial particularities”.
The coronavirus pandemic has particularly affected Italy. It has more than 24,000 confirmed deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University – more than any other country in Europe.
7:09 AM The Bavarian authorities have canceled the Munich Oktoberfest. The world’s largest beer festival, which attracts around 6 million people each year, was scheduled to take place from September 19 to October 4.
“It hurts, it’s incredibly sad,” said Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Soeder.
Read more: Oktoberfest canceled due to epidemic
05:22 Cases of Corona virus in Germany increased by 1,785, bringing the total number of infections to 143,457, reported the Robert Koch Institute. The death toll currently stands at 4,598 after another 194 people have died from COVID-19.
The institute – the German research agency for disease prevention and control – also registers some 3,700 more people as having recovered from the previous day.
RKI figures depend on data transmission from state and local levels and are updated approximately once a day, which may lead to deviations from figures from Johns Hopkins University.
The number of new infections and deaths is slightly higher than those reported on Monday.
German authorities are monitoring the situation closely after the first stores have been authorized to open.
Social distancing measures in Germany have reduced the infection rate from five to less than a week last week – which means that each person tested positive for COVID-19 infects less than one person.
Chancellor Angela Merkel urged state ministers not to lift restrictions too quickly and underlined that the effect of Monday’s partial reopening on the number of infections can only be realistically assessed after 14 days.
05:01 Prime Minister Scott Morrison said there should be an investigation into the origins of the coronavirus epidemic in China.
“It is important for public health around the world that there is transparency in how to quickly access this important information,” he said at a press conference. “I think it is important that all countries cooperate with this, no matter who they are, and we will certainly pursue something along these lines. “
Morrison also said that Australia has already reached the turning point for coronavirus and that locking restrictions would be relaxed if the transmission rate remained below one – this means that each infected individual only transmits the virus to one other nobody.
Australia has about 6,300 cases of coronavirus and the growth of new infections has slowed considerably, from more than 25% in mid-March to less than 1% per day. Seventy-one people died.
Morrison said the ban on elective surgery to keep hospital beds free will be relaxed starting next week. Students in the most populous state of New South Wales, where the most cases of COVID-19 have been recorded, must begin to return to school in installments starting on May 11, said the state government.
03:54 The lifting of restrictions on coronaviruses should be done gradually, the WHO said, adding that there would be another spike in infections if the lock was lifted too early.
People must be ready for a new way of life in order to advance society, said WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific, Takeshi Kasai. He also said that the lockdowns have proven their worth and that accommodation should return to normal until a vaccine is ready. Several countries, including Germany, have begun removing restrictions on public life after health officials reported positive signals about the COVID-19 epidemic. Earlier, Germany’s Merkel had warned that reopening the country too quickly would be a “mistake.”
03:41 Britain Queen Elizabeth II celebrates 94 years today, but many of the usual events accompanying the celebration have been canceled due to the pandemic. The royal family previously stated that an annual military parade of horses and cannon cars and a gun salute would not take place.
The Queen and her husband, Prince Philip, 98, left London for their summer residence in Windsor as a precaution against COVID-19.
Prince Charles, the 71-year-old heir to the British throne, had been infected with the virus. Although the Queen’s actual birthday is April 21, she also has another official birthday in June, accompanied by a much larger celebration. Traditions allow British monarchs to organize a grand parade marking their birthdays in summer, with the best chance of sunny weather.
02:48 US President Donald Trump has spoken of the “invisible enemy,” a term sometimes used to describe the new coronavirus, suspend immigration to the United States.
“In light of the attack on the invisible enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American citizens, I will sign an executive order to temporarily suspend immigration to the United States! He said in an unexpected announcement on Twitter.
Trump did not provide details on when the ban would come into effect or on the scope or effects.
02:18 US oil prices rebound after falling below zero for the first time in history. Tuesday, traders could buy a barrel at $ 1.1 (€ 1.01) for delivery in May.
Previously, the coronavirus pandemic had disrupted travel and transportation around the world and brought prices down so low that sellers paid their buyers to get rid of excess oil. The price of a barrel of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) benchmark on Monday reached – $ 37.63 at the end of the trading day in New York.
Prices also rose slightly for oil to be delivered in June, from $ 20.43 per barrel to over $ 21.
02:14 Nissan Motor Co announced Tuesday that it is temporarily closing facilities in Japan and its global headquarters to curb the spread of the new coronavirus. Japanese automaker says measure will affect 15,000 employees
The facilities will be closed for approximately 16 days from April 25. Nissan has said it will continue to operate “business-critical” with a minimum number of employees and will manage the safety and health of those employees. Nissan’s measures came a month before its announcement on the company’s recovery plan.
01:21 Mexican cartels distribute aid – but they also commit violent crimes during the pandemic, said Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador,
“We take care of the coronavirus, but unfortunately we still have the problem with the murders,” he said.
The country’s government is exhausted from years of war against powerful drug traffickers. A recent online video shows one of the daughters of jailed cartel boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman distributing rice, pasta, cooking oil and toilet paper. The boxes were marked with the image of Guzman.
Speaking to reporters on Monday, President Lopez Obrador said such events “cannot be avoided”. He added that it would be “better to stop the violence.”
Mexico has so far recorded 8,772 coronavirus infections and 712 deaths.
01:09 All UN member states called for “equitable” access to any future COVID-19 vaccine. The resolution was drafted by Mexico and supported by the 193 members of the United Nations General Assembly, including the United States. The initiative called for more “international scientific cooperation needed to fight COVID-19” and better coordination with the private sector.
The document also highlights the “crucial leading role” of the World Health Organization, the United Nations health agency, repeatedly criticized by US President Donald Trump, who accuses WHO of being partisan from China.
Last month, Germany responded indignantly to reports that US officials had approached the medical company CureVas and offered the German company money to supply a vaccine exclusively in the United States.
00:32 the WE was considering buying up to 75 million barrels of oil or renting storage space from vendors, President Donald Trump told reporters after the pandemic drove the price below zero.
“We are filling our national oil reserves … You know, strategic reserves,” he told reporters.
He then added that he would await congressional approval and funding for the buyout. The announcement came hours after oil prices turned negative for the first time in history, with sellers forced to offer money to get buyers to take the excess oil. Demand for oil has plummeted due to travel and transportation restrictions around the world.
00:02: The Chilean town of Zapallar is using a drone to provide essential items such as medicines, masks and disinfectants to the most vulnerable in the population. The four-propeller drone is used to transport items to remote areas of the city.
The drone is controlled by municipal employees and was previously used to support the city in works such as fighting forest fires and finding lost people. The mayor of Zapallar said the “drone pilot program” would help the elderly and the poor. He said the move would help people get their medication “without exposing an official or family member of the quarantined person.”
Chile currently has over 10,000 cases, the third largest in Latin America. Zapallar has not yet reported a confirmed case of COVID-19.
00:00 WE President Donald Trump said the United Nations health agency, WHO, “attempted to cover China” at the White House media availability, without providing evidence to support the claim.
He also criticized the great democrat Nancy Pelosi, who led Trump’s dismissal trial, saying that she should have looked at the early stages of COVID-19 instead.
“They could have looked at China, they should have looked at China,” said Trump. “Many people criticize the Democrats for wasting all this time because … it was during this period that he was fomenting,” he added.
Stay tuned for Monday’s coronavirus news here: Latest Coronavirus: Merkel warns that loosening restrictions too soon would be a “mistake”
In its reports on the coronavirus pandemic, unless otherwise indicated, DW uses figures provided by the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Coronavirus Resource Center in the United States. JHU updates the numbers in real time, aggregating data from global health organizations, state and state governments and other official public sources, all of which have their own information compilation systems.
National statistics for Germany are compiled by its public health agency, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). These figures depend on data transmission at state and local level and are updated approximately once a day, which may cause deviations from JHU.
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