Daily death toll in France slows, Dubai imposes two-week lockout

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  • Global cases: at least 1,141,190
  • Deaths worldwide: at least 60,960
  • Case in the United States: at least 278,942
  • Deaths in the United States: at least 7,174

The above data was compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

2:50 p.m .: Daily death toll from coronaviruses in France slows to 441

Doctors treat a patient arriving in a wheelchair at the reception of the emergency room, installed in a tent, in a courtyard of the Henri Mondor hospital in Créteil, near Paris, on March 30, 2020, the fourteenth day of a lockout aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19 (new coronavirus) in France.

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A total of 441 people have died from coronavirus infections in France in the past 24 hours, compared to 588 the day before, said the director of the Ministry of Health.

The number of deaths in French hospitals and retirement homes since the start of the epidemic now stands at 7,560, Jérôme Salomon said at a press conference. The total number of coronavirus cases in France stands at 68,605, an increase of 6.6% compared to the previous day.

Salomon added that 28,143 people were hospitalized for COVID-19 infection. This number showed a net 711 more admissions compared to the day before after 2,111 people were released.

A total of 6,838 severe cases of coronavirus were in intensive care units, he said. In the past 24 hours, 502 new cases have been admitted to intensive care, compared to 641 the day before and 729 on Thursday. —Reuters

2:11 p.m .: Dubai imposes a two-week lockout

Dubai announced a two-week lockdown starting at 8 p.m. Saturday. (1600 GMT) to disinfect the emirate and contain the spread of the coronavirus, said the WAM news agency, citing the Supreme Crisis and Disaster Management Committee.

Dubai has warned that mobility will be restricted and legal action will be taken against the offenders, WAM said, adding that supermarkets and pharmacies as well as food and medicine delivery services will continue to operate normally.

The oil-rich federation has reported an increase in coronavirus cases with several hundred people diagnosed since April 1 and a total of 1,505 cases. —Reuters

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12:45 p.m .: Amazon wants a test supply for its employees

Amazon.com Inc has been in contact with the CEOs of two manufacturers of coronavirus tests to discuss how to screen staff and reduce the risk of infection in its warehouses, according to internal meeting notes consulted by Reuters.

The chief executive officers of Abbott Laboratories and Thermo Fisher Scientific have told Amazon they would like to work with the e-commerce company, although the US government is currently using up its testing capacity, the notes said. Read the full Reuters exclusive here —Reuters

12:30 p.m .: Canadian Trudeau will not respond to US imports of blocking masks

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his country has no plans for retaliation against US President Donald Trump’s decision to block exports of 3M Co N95 respirators for doctors and nurses.

Trudeau said in his daily speech that he expects to speak with Trump in the coming days and that Canadian officials are having “very constructive” discussions with the US administration. —Reuters

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11:45 a.m .: China donates 1,000 fans to help New York

The Chinese government has facilitated the donation of 1,000 fans to New York due to arrive at JFK Airport today, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Saturday.

“This is a big problem and it will make a significant difference for us,” Cuomo said in a press briefing. The state of Oregon is also sending 140 respirators to New York, which has become the epicenter of the coronavirus. —Emma Newburger

11:40 a.m .: The lights are dark in Las Vegas

Most of the exterior lights of the Paris Las Vegas building, including its 50-story replica of the Eiffel Tower, are turned off, with the exception of the marquee as parts of the Las Vegas Strip darken as a result of the state shutdown on March 19, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Las Vegas was one of the hardest hit cities after Nevada ordered the closure of all hotels, casinos, bars and restaurants and canceled all conventions, conferences and sporting events in an attempt to stop the spread of the virus .

The coronavirus has turned off most of the lights along the Vegas Strip, leaving thousands of workers in these industries unemployed or on leave. Check out a slideshow of the impact the coronavirus has on Sin City as it struggles with the economic fallout from this pandemic. —Adam Jeffery

11:00 ET: CDC director says coronavirus won’t be a single enemy

The coronavirus represents a “potential global disaster” en route to the southern hemisphere, according to Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In an interview with Stat News, he examines whether the virus will turn out to be seasonal and what it might mean for the global response.

He also explains why the CDC was largely absent from public information sessions last month and warns that COVID-19 will last longer than the next few weeks. “But I would say [if] we are fortunate to need to be very prepared because in late fall and early winter, like most respiratory viruses, coronavirus 19 will be an enemy that we will have to face again. ” , did he declare. —Will Feuer

10:35 am: New York mayor pleads for more doctors and nurses: “The worst is actually yet to come”

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio continued calls for a national enrollment program for doctors and nurses on Saturday to manage an increase in coronavirus cases in strained healthcare systems in New York and across the country.

New York City confirmed 305 new deaths on Friday, marking the largest one-day jump to date and bringing the death toll to at least 1,867. The city has at least 57,159 cases, nearly a quarter of which confirmed cases in the United States.

“We still don’t have the support we need, especially from the federal government,” de Blasio said on MSNBC. “The worst is actually to come. “

The FDNY released data earlier in the week showing that about one in four of its EMS employees is ill. On Friday evening, the city sent a wireless emergency alert asking medical workers to volunteer to support health facilities against the virus.

De Blasio stressed that states must pressure the Trump administration to recruit more medical staff to work in overcrowded hospitals. In the meantime, he urged states to create their own enrollment structures to move medical personnel to emergency rooms as quickly as possible. —Emma Newburger

9:50 a.m .: Are you showing up for a shift? The boss wants to know your temperature

9:35 am: JPMorgan allegedly put pressure on traders to come to work; 20 tested positive

Since the beginning of March, when New York began to shut down non-core businesses and encourage social distancing, JPMorgan lobbied traders at its New York headquarters to advertise themselves as the coronavirus spreads in the ranks, reported the Wall Street Journal. Traders and sellers told the Journal that they are under pressure to enter and managers reminded them that their pay is tied to performance.

In the past three weeks, about 20 front office workers have tested positive and another 65 are in quarantine, the Journal said. The Journal reported that a JPMorgan spokesperson said that more than 80% of the company’s traders work remotely and that the office traders are six feet apart.

“We recognize how stressful this is for frontline workers who support global markets,” said a spokesperson, according to the Journal. JPMorgan declined to comment on the report. —Will Feuer

9:03 a.m .: Cases in the United States continue to grow faster than in other countries

8:58 am: These “disease hunters” developed a new pandemic monitoring technique after September 11, but lost their funding just before COVID-19

When Dr. Farzad Mostashari was Assistant Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health in the early 2000s, he did something unprecedented.

To keep an eye on the spread of disease in the region, Mostashari asked New York hospitals for access to a stream of their data, including symptoms reported by some of the sickest patients. His team set up a website that collected anonymized information from emergency rooms across the state, and made it accessible to everyone.

Almost two decades later, on March 11, 2020, his work suddenly acquired new relevance. The World Health Organization has declared the new coronavirus to be a global pandemic and has predicted that the SARS-CoV-2 virus could kill more than one million people worldwide.

In early March, Mostashari began investigating incidents of patients complaining of flu-like symptoms that were outside the normal range in early spring. On March 4, he saw a spike in the New York data that concerned him. For the next three days, he checked and rechecked the website to make sure it was not a blip. On the fourth day, he knew something was wrong.

“Holy s -,” he remembered, thinking. “The flu was decreasing, but the patients were starting to come to the emergency room with a ferocity that I hadn’t seen in 15 or 20 years. ” —Christina Farr

6:16 a.m .: daily death toll from coronaviruses in Spain falls for the second day in a row

The death toll in Spain from the coronavirus rose to 11,744 on Saturday from 10,935 the day before, the Health Ministry announced on Saturday.

It is the second consecutive day that the number of new deaths has decreased. A total of 809 people have died from the disease in the past 24 hours, compared to 932 the day before, according to figures.

Spain now has 124,736 confirmed cases, compared to 117,710 on Friday (an increase of 7,026 n). – Holly Ellyatt

6:10 p.m .: Iran’s coronavirus death toll stands at 3,452, according to the Ministry of Health

The death toll in Iran from the coronavirus epidemic rose to 3,452 on Saturday, with an additional 158 recorded in the past 24 hours, health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpur said Reuters agency.

The total number of cases diagnosed with the disease has reached 55,743, of which 4,103 are in critical condition, he said on state television. Iran is the country most affected by the pandemic in the Middle East. – Reuters

5:12 am: France overtakes China while the number of confirmed cases exceeds 83,000

France now has more cases of coronavirus than China, with the number of confirmed cases reaching 83,029, according to data from Johns Hopkins University on Saturday.

China, where the epidemic was first identified in December, has 82,526 confirmed cases, although the actual figure could be much higher. – Holly Ellyatt

3:57 a.m .: UK should not ease lockdown measures until late May, says leading epidemiologist

The UK will not be able to lift its strict social distancing rules until the end of May, according to a British epidemiologist, Neil Ferguson, who is also a leading government adviser, Reuters reported on Saturday.

“We want to move to a situation where at least by the end of May we can substitute less intensive measures, more based on technology and testing, for the complete lockdown that we have now,” Ferguson told BBC Radio . Ferguson is a professor in the School of Public Health at Imperial College London.

“There is a lot of work going on to see how we can replace some of the very intense social distancing currently in place with a regime more based on intensive tests, very quick access to tests, contact tracing of contracts” he said, according to Reuters. “But to substitute this regime for what we are currently doing, we have to reduce the number of cases. “

The UK currently has 38,690 reported cases of COVID-19, and the death toll has exceeded 3,600, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University. The government has put the country under virtual lock since March 23. All non-essential buildings and public places are closed and all social events, including weddings and baptisms, have been stopped .—Joanna Tan

2:32 am: Xi leads a national day of mourning as China pays tribute to those killed during the pandemic

Chinese President Xi Jinping led his country and its leaders in mourning on Saturday, as the nation observed three minutes of silence in honor of those killed during the pandemic, according to the state news agency Xinhua.

Xi stood by the country’s leaders, including Premier Li Keqiang and members of the Chinese Communist Party, inside Zhongnanhai’s management office in Beijing at 10:00 am local time, Xinhua reported.

The state-owned Global Times, a tabloid run by the popular daily of the ruling Communist Party, published images of Xi and the standing leaders, their heads bowed in silence. Each wore a white flower pinned in their chest pockets and faced the Chinese flag fluttering at half mast. Across the country, people could be seen standing in public squares, while air defense sirens sounded and horns were blown on cars, trains and ships.

Read CNBC coverage by CNBC Asia-Pacific and Europe teams overnight here: France now has more cases than China, but the number of deaths per day in Spain has dropped.

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