France overtakes China with confirmed cases


French firefighters from the Marseilles Marine unit wearing protective equipment are escorting a woman suspected of being infected with the new COVID-19 coronavirus in front of her building to the Marseille mobile unit, on April 2, 2020.


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  • Global cases: more than 1,119,000.
  • Deaths worldwide: at least 58,900.
  • 6 main countries: United States (278,458), Italy (119,827), Spain (119,199), Germany (91,159), France (83,029) and China (82,526).

The above data was compiled by Johns Hopkins University at 3:43 p.m. Beijing Time.

All times below are in Beijing time.

8:48 p.m .: Germany reports 6,082 new cases of coronavirus, a slight decrease daily

Confirmed cases of coronavirus in Germany have increased by 6,082 in the past 24 hours, down slightly from the previous day, according to data from the Robert Koch government institute (RKI) on Saturday.

The reported reduction in new daily cases, which were down from 6,174 new cases a day earlier, could be a sign that the infection rate is starting to stabilize, but the government has warned that it is far too early to identify a trend.

Germany now has 85,778 cases, up from 79,696 infections on Friday. The death toll rose to 1,158, the RKI said, up from 1,017 on Friday. – Reuters

7:59 p.m .: Spain extends coronavirus emergency until April 26, newspaper articles

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez will extend the state of emergency in the country for two weeks until April 26, according to the newspaper El Pais on Saturday.

Spain has 124,739 confirmed cases in Europe, just above those in Italy, where the region’s pandemic was first identified. – Holly Ellyatt

7:05 p.m .: Confirmed deaths from coronavirus in the Netherlands increase from 164 to 1,651

The death toll confirmed by the coronavirus in the Netherlands has increased from 164 to 1,651, health officials said on Saturday.

The National Institute of Health (RIVM) said the total number of infections had increased by 6% to 16,627 in the past 24 hours. The actual number of deaths and infections is higher than the official figure due to a lack of widespread testing for the coronavirus, the RIVM said. – Reuters

6:16 p.m .: Daily death toll from coronavirus 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 p.m .: 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 p.m .: UK should not ease lockdown until end of 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 p.m .: 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.

The new coronavirus, which has spread to more than 180 countries and territories around the world, was first reported in China last December. The death toll on the mainland is now 3,326 and more than 81,000 cases have been confirmed, according to the latest report from the National Health Commission of China. –Joanna Tan

1:55 p.m .: India could extend lockout, Reuters officials say

India may extend its lockout as the number of coronavirus cases increases, Reuters reported, citing officials from the South Asian nation. More than one billion people in the country are currently stranded for 21 days.

Reuters said three senior officials said the restrictions – which were scheduled to end on April 14 – could be extended depending on the assessment of the situation in each state.

“If people do not obey the rules seriously and cases continue to escalate, then there may be no option but to extend the lockdown,” Rajesh Tope, Indian minister, told Reuters of the State of Maharashtra in India. “It could be extended by two weeks in Mumbai and in the urban areas of Maharashtra. “

India has 2,650 active cases this Saturday, according to the country’s health ministry. The death toll stands at 68 and 183 people have been released, the ministry’s website showed. According to a Reuters report, nearly 6,000 people in South Asia have contracted COVID-19. –Joanna Tan

A woman on the phone walks past graffiti of a map of the world affected by a coronavirus. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has ordered a 21-day national lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

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1:05 p.m .: Thailand reports 89 new cases and prohibits passenger flights

Thailand reported an additional death and 89 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday, Reuters said, citing the Government Center for the Administration of the COVID-19 situation. This brings the death toll to the nation in Southeast Asia to 29 and the total number of confirmed cases to 2,067, the news agency said.

This comes as the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand temporarily banned all passenger flights from landing in the country, with effect from Saturday to the end of Monday, as authorities seek to limit the epidemic of coronavirus. –Joanna Tan

12:41 p.m .: South Korea kills 3 more and 94 new cases

South Korea reported 3 more deaths on Saturday, bringing the total number of people killed by the coronavirus to 177. According to the Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are now 10,156 confirmed cases of COVID-19 after 94 new cases have been reported.

The country announced on Saturday that social distancing measures will be extended for another two weeks to reduce the infection rate to around 50 cases a day, Reuters reported. The social distancing campaign was originally scheduled to end on Monday. While South Korea has mostly succeeded in limiting the number of infections to around 100 per day, certain groups of infections have continued to emerge in churches, hospitals and among those from abroad. –Joanna Tan

12:28 p.m. Beijing seeks global leadership in coronavirus crisis

China is strengthening its soft power and taking the lead in a global response to the coronavirus health crisis. It occurs as the daily number of new infections on the continent decreases, while those in the United States continue to increase.

For the past few weeks, Chinese President Xi Jinping has been busy calling on world leaders and mobilizing for global coordination in the management of the coronavirus epidemic. Chinese health experts also held video conferences with those from other countries to share their experiences.

“This is the first international crisis in which China has actively played a role of world leadership and it contrasts particularly with the United States, which has disdained international cooperation and invested more political capital by criticizing China for its role in the spread of the epidemic, “analysts at Eurasia Group said in a report this week. –Huileng Tan

11:36 am: The Attorney General of the United States requests the home confinement of eligible inmates in federal prisons

US Attorney General William Barr on Friday called for the detention of vulnerable detainees, particularly those detained in federal prisons hardest hit by the pandemic.

According to NBC News, Barr sent a note to the director of the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) ordering him to increase the use of home confinement for eligible inmates. “While the BOP has taken significant precautions to prevent COVID-19 from entering its facilities and infecting our inmates, these precautions, like all precautions, have not been completely successful in all facilities,” wrote Barr, according to NBC News.

“I therefore order you to immediately examine ALL detainees incarcerated at FCI Oakdale, FCI Danbury, FCI Elkton and similar establishments where you determine that COVID-19 materially affects operations,” reads in the note, according to NBC News. These institutions have shown significant levels of infection.

The memo also acknowledged the sensitivity of releasing detainees from the streets and stressed that care must be taken to protect the public and law enforcement from dangerous criminals, said NBC. –Joanna Tan

10:52 am: Tesla fires contractors from California and Nevada, sources say

Tesla drops contractors to its US auto and battery factories, according to three employees and correspondence with CNBC.

The company is removing contractors from its workforce, both at its vehicle plant in Fremont, California, and at the Gigafactory outside Reno, Nevada, where Tesla manufactures the exclusive batteries that power its electric vehicles and its energy storage products. The cuts affect hundreds of people, according to estimates by those familiar with the decision, who have requested anonymity because they are not allowed to speak to the press on internal matters.

Time – many of whom have worked at Tesla for years, some hoping to hold full-time positions – was informed by their recruiting agencies of the cuts at the end of this week. A Balance Staffing memo to the dismissed workers said: “It is with my utmost regret that I must inform you that the closure of the Tesla plant has been extended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and as a result, Tesla has asked to terminate any posting contract effective immediately. “-Lora Kolodny

9:33 a.m .: China to host national day of mourning

China will mourn the thousands of people killed by COVID-19 on Saturday, the State Council said earlier. National Day of Mourning will see people across the country observe 3 minutes of silence at 10 am Beijing time. The flags will be flown at half-mast and the entertainment activities will be suspended. –Joanna Tan

Daughters of Zhu Bojin, a member of the medical team supporting Hubei Province, await their father’s return to Haian City, Jiangsu Province, China, April 3, 2020. The last group of four returned in Haian after 14 days of isolation and recovery, and were welcomed by the residents of their hometown.

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9:21 a.m .: China reports 4 additional deaths and 19 new cases

China has reported 19 additional new cases, 18 of which came from people arriving from abroad. This brings the total number of confirmed cases on the continent to 81,639, according to the Chinese National Health Commission.

In addition, there have been 64 new cases of asymptomatic infections, or people who have shown no symptoms but have tested positive for COVID-19.

There were four additional deaths from the coronavirus and all of them came from central Hubei province, the epicenter of the continent’s epidemic. This brings the death toll in China to 3,326 on Friday, the NHC said. –Joanna Tan

All times below are Eastern Time.

8:00 p.m. White House adviser says another coronavirus outbreak like NYC could change US death rate

Another major coronavirus epidemic like the one New York is preparing could “dramatically change” the death rate of COVID-19 in the United States, said coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force on Friday. Dr. Deborah Birx.

White House officials earlier this week predicted that between 100,000 and 240,000 people would die from the coronavirus in the United States. Birx said mortality models are updated every night to take into account new data, which generally includes disease progression in other countries, social distancing, state restrictions, and increasing news. infections.

Estimates currently predict between 40,000 and 178,000 deaths, according to data cited by Birx, who added that the average number of deaths should be around 93,000. –William Feur

6:53 p.m. Trump to ban export of coronavirus protective gear, says he’s unhappy with 3M

President Donald Trump said on Friday that he would invoke defense production law to ban “unscrupulous actors and profiteers” from exporting essential medical supplies used to protect carriers of the coronavirus.

President unveiled new order in dispute with US manufacturing giant 3M who warned the Trump administration that stopping exports of respirators could make them even less available in the United States .

“We are not satisfied with 3M. We are not at all satisfied with 3M. And the people who dealt with it directly are not satisfied with 3M, “Trump said in a press briefing at the White House. – Kevin Breuninger, Christina Wilkie

11:16 am: Dr. Anthony Fauci warns that we should not assume that hydroxychloroquine is a “knockout drug”

Americans should not assume that hydroxychloroquine is a “knockout drug” in the prevention or treatment of COVID-19, warned Dr. Anthony Fauci, health adviser at the White House.

“We still have to do the final studies to determine if an intervention, and not just this one, is really safe and effective,” said Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, on Fox News. “But when you don’t have this information, it’s understandable that people want to take something anyway, even with the slightest hint of effectiveness.” “

Last week, New York State began the first large-scale clinical trial of hydroxychloroquine as a possible treatment for coronavirus after the Food and Drug Administration accelerated the approval process. –Berkeley Lovelace Jr.

Read CNBC coverage from the USA overnight: US deaths exceed 7,000, Fauci warns of ‘knockout drug’

– Correction: This article has been updated to accurately reflect that there are now 10,156 confirmed cases in South Korea, according to the Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. An earlier version misrepresented the number of cases.


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