Latest news: nearly 14,400 dead in France

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Latest news on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially the elderly and people with health problems, this can cause more serious illness or death.

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– Number of deaths in France almost 14,400. But for the fourth consecutive day, slightly fewer people were admitted to intensive care.

– Italy has its lowest number of new deaths in three weeks, saying 431 people died in the past day to bring its total to 19,899.

– The French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle returns to base for the crew to be tested.

– Boris Johnson salutes staff at the National Health Service for saving their lives.

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PARIS – The total number of deaths from coronavirus in France has risen to almost 14,400, but for the fourth consecutive day, slightly fewer people have been admitted to intensive care – 35 less – which gives those responsible for health a reason to grab the good news.

Sunday statistics released by the health ministry confirm that the country is reaching a “very high plateau” and reflect the first signs that almost four weeks of isolation and the “drastic reduction in contacts” are having an effect, according to a press release. .

The strict containment measures began on March 17, have been renewed once and are expected to be extended again, with a likely announcement to the nation on Monday by President Emmanuel Macron.

Since March 1, hospitals and nursing homes have left 14,393 people dead.

Of the 31,836 people currently hospitalized for COVID-19, more than 1,600 have been admitted in the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Health said.

Yet with more than 6,800 patients being treated in intensive care on Sunday, 35 fewer than a day earlier, a glimmer of hope for overworked health workers and authorities looking for small signs of change.

Since the start of the epidemic in France, more than 95,400 people have been infected.

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ROME – Italy had the lowest number of deaths from new coronaviruses in three weeks, saying 431 people died in the past day, bringing the total to 19,899.

This is the lowest daily toll since March 19.

For the ninth day in a row, ICU admissions have declined and hospital admissions have decreased overall, which has eased the pressure on the overworked Italian healthcare system.

More than 4,000 people tested positive as Italy entered its fifth week under national control, continuing a general flattening of its infection curve.

But officials noted that Italy has also increased its testing capacity in recent days, producing more positive cases but allowing more effective quarantine measures for people once they know they are infected.

Italy passed the million virus test mark on Sunday, doubling the number of tests since late March. Overall, 156,363 people have been confirmed positive, although officials note that the actual number of people infected could be up to 10 times higher, particularly in hard-hit Lombardy.

Authorities have also warned that the actual death toll from the pandemic virus is higher, given the hundreds of elderly people who have died in retirement homes but have never been tested.

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NEW ORLEANS – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say an influx of tourists for Mardi Gras may be a reason why Louisiana experienced a higher rate of COVID-19 cases than other southern states.

In a report released Friday, the CDC says population density could play “an important role in accelerating the transmission” of the coronavirus. He said that Louisiana experienced a “temporarily high” population density due to visitors to the carnival season.

He also noted that the season ended on February 25 – well before federal calls to deter mass rallies in mid-March.

Louisiana reported 34 coronavirus-related deaths on Sunday, bringing the state’s death toll to 840.

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EREVAN, Armenia – The Armenian Apostolic Church held Easter services without parishioners due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Service at the church headquarters at Echmiadzin Cathedral included the presentation of Geghard’s spear, an important relic that is brought to light in special cases such as the country at risk.

The relic is said to be the tip of a spear used by a Roman soldier to push Jesus Christ after his crucifixion to determine if he was dead. The service was broadcast on national television.

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ATHENS, Greece – There have been five other deaths from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours in Greece, all men, bringing the total to 98, authorities said.

There are now a total of 2,114 confirmed cases of the disease, 33 added since Saturday afternoon.

There are 76 people hanging on ventilation devices, while 15 patients who had been in intensive care have recovered, the authorities said in a statement.

The main concern of the authorities remains the attempts of the individuals to flout strict quarantine measures, during the Orthodox Easter, which is celebrated next Sunday.

It is generally a time of mass exodus into the countryside and just over 9 a.m. on Sunday, 38 people were prevented from leaving the cities and fined 300 euros each.

A related concern is the assembly of churches, now prohibited; Sunday, Palm Sunday, the government requested that a prosecutor charge two priests who communicated with the faithful despite the ban.

One of them, in a district of Athens, was photographed from a nearby building secretly giving communion to the faithful by the back door.

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ROME – The Italian civil protection agency has arranged for rescued migrants to be quarantined to detect coronavirus infections on ships or on land.

Civil protection chief Angelo Borrelli said he signed the order after Italy last week barred foreign-flagged migrants from its rescue ports.

The Department of Transport said it could no longer guarantee the security of its ports, given the pandemic. Italy has been the epicenter of the pandemic in Europe, killing nearly 20,000 people.

Borrelli said the new provision would be in place to provide medical checks and quarantine to the 156 migrants currently on board the German-flagged charitable rescue vessel Alan Kurdi. Migrants arriving alone on Italian territory would be quarantined on land.

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ANKARA, Turkey – Turkey saw a daily increase of 4,789 cases of coronavirus and 97 deaths on Sunday, as a 48-hour closure in 31 cities was nearing its end.

“This fight is won by staying at home, not in hospitals,” said Health Minister Fahrettin Koca in a statement. Turkey has now registered 56,956 confirmed cases and 1,198 deaths since the March 11 outbreak.

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MEXICO – The Mexican Stock Exchange announced the death of its president, Jaime Ruíz Sacristán, on Sunday. Although he did not give a cause of death, he was diagnosed with COVID-19 about a month ago.

Local media have reported that Ruiz Sacristán, 70, fell ill after returning from Vail, Colorado, a vacation spot shared by more than a dozen of the first cases of coronavirus diagnosed in Mexico.

Mexican authorities on Sunday confirmed 4,219 cases of COVID-19 and 273 deaths, although they admitted that the number of unregistered infections was much higher.

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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – Imposing new regulations, the Sri Lankan government on Sunday ordered that the body of a person deceased or suspected of having died from the coronavirus be cremated.

The order comes amid concerns raised by Muslim minority leaders in Sri Lanka, claiming that the cremation of the body of a COVID-19 Muslim victim is contrary to Islamic burial practice.

A government decree issued on Sunday said that the corpse of a crown victim should be cremated “at a temperature of 800 to 1,200 degrees Celsius for a minimum of 45 minutes to an hour for complete combustion, in order to preventing any threatening biological potential. “

According to the new regulations, the body of the deceased will only be handed over to those involved in the cremation process, and the ashes of the deceased may be handed over to the next of kin upon request.

So far, seven people have died from the virus while 140 are being treated in hospitals while 56 have recovered.

Two weeks ago, the head of the Sri Lankan Muslim Congress, Rauff Hakeem, said that the second deceased person in Sri Lanka infected with a coronavirus had not been allowed to be buried despite requests from families and political leaders. . Hakeem, however, asked the Muslims to be patient given the extraordinary situation.

Sri Lanka is a predominantly Buddhist nation, with Muslims representing around 7% of the population.

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TOULON, France – The French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle returned to its base on Sunday in the southern port of Toulon after around fifty members of its crew and some on board an escort frigate contracted the new coronavirus .

The French Defense Ministry says the entire crew of some 1,700 sailors will be tested and confined for 14 days in various military quarters in the region. Ditto for air crews on board the ship and those on the frigate.

The ministry said the carrier shortened a mission of almost three months to the central Mediterranean, then to the Atlantic and North Seas, for about 10 days.

The source of the infection was not immediately known.

A similar virus outbreak on the USS Theodore Roosevelt led to the sacking of his captain and the resignation of the Acting Secretary of the Navy earlier this month.

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LONDON – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has posted a video on Twitter in which he salutes staff at the National Health Service for saving his life when it could have “gone both ways”.

Johnson was dressed in a suit and looked and appeared confident in the video after he was discharged from London’s St. Thomas Hospital. He said he did not have the words to properly thank NHS staff for “saving my life”.

He listed a number of front-line staff who treated him for a week at St. Thomas’s Hospital in London, but distinguished two nurses who stood by his bedside for 48 hours “when things were right could go back and forth. “

He said Jenny from New Zealand and Luis from Portugal were the reason “in the end, my body started to have enough oxygen. “

Johnson said there were “hundreds of thousands of NHS staff members who act with the same care, thought and precision as Jenny and Luis.”

Johnson spent a week in St. Thomas’, including three days in intensive care. He received oxygen but was not put on a ventilator.

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WASHINGTON – The United States’ leading infectious disease expert has said that the economy of parts of the country may be allowed to reopen next month.

Dr. Anthony Fauci says there is no light switch to click on to turn it back on. He says “continuous reintegration” will be necessary depending on the state of the new coronavirus pandemic in various parts of the country.

Fauci says these factors include the region of the country, the nature of the epidemic it has already experienced and the possible threat of an epidemic to come.

President Donald Trump’s social distancing guidelines will expire on April 30.

Trump is eager to restart the stalled economy because most Americans are ordered to “stay at home” to help slow the spread of the virus.

Fauci spoke on CNN’s “state of the union” on Sunday.

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LONDON – Health officials say 657 more people in England have died from the new coronavirus, claiming more than 10,000 lives in the UK.

The National Health Service figure does not include deaths in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. A figure for the whole of the United Kingdom will be published later.

The 657 deaths are in addition to the 9,875 deaths from people with COVID-19 in British hospitals announced on Saturday.

Although the number of new cases and hospitalizations appears to have plateaued, deaths continue to increase. The number of virus deaths in Italy and Spain is on a downward trend, and there is growing concern that the United Kingdom is the country with the most virus deaths in Europe.

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MOSCOW – The Russian Orthodox Church has announced that it will organize Easter services in Moscow without parishioners, in accordance with an order from the city’s chief epidemiologist.

This year, the church celebrates Easter on April 19.

A statement from the church says it will follow the doctor’s order banning mass gatherings and that people attending Palm Sunday services will be told that services will only be organized by clerics from Monday.

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VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis calls for solidarity around the world to face the “vintage challenge” posed by the coronavirus pandemic.

He urged political leaders in particular to give hope and opportunity to the dismissed workers.

Francis delivered his traditional Easter speech on Sunday and called for sanctions relief, debt cancellation and a ceasefire to calm conflicts and financial crises around the world.

He offered special prayers for the sick, the dead, the elderly, refugees and the poor. He also thanked and encouraged the doctors and nurses who worked “to the point of exhaustion and not infrequently at the expense of their own health.”

François urged the European Union to take up the “challenge of the times” posed by COVID-19 and to resist the trend of selfishness and division. He recalled that Europe increased again after the Second World War “thanks to a concrete spirit of solidarity which enabled it to overcome the rivalries of the past”.

According to him, “this is not the time for self-centeredness, because the challenge we face is shared by all, without distinction between people”.

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MADRID – Spain has reported its lowest daily growth in confirmed coronavirus infections in three weeks as it prepares to relax its tough lockdowns and allow some workers to return to work.

Spanish health authorities have reported 4,167 new confirmed cases in the past 24 hours. The country’s total is 166,019, second behind the United States.

Deaths in Spain have reached a total of 16,972, with 619 new deaths confirmed since Saturday. More than 60,000 patients have recovered from COVID-19 in Spain.

The country will allow industrial and construction workers to resume work on Monday after a two-week halt in economic activities other than healthcare and the food industry.

Those who can work from home are strongly encouraged by the authorities to continue to do so. Retail stores will remain closed, with the exception of supermarkets, fruit kiosks, bakeries, butchers, newsstands and pharmacies.

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DHAKA, Bangladesh – Bangladesh has registered four deaths and 139 cases of new coronavirus in the past 24 hours.

Authorities say the death toll is 34, with 621 confirmed cases.

Almost half of the cases have been reported in the capital Dhaka.

The country of 160 million people is expected to remain frozen nationwide until April 25.

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LONDON – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he owes his life to the National Health Service staff who treated him for COVID-19.

Johnson made his first public statement since he was removed from intensive care at London’s St. Thomas’s Hospital, saying he “couldn’t thank them enough. I owe them my life. “

Johnson, 55, was diagnosed with COVID-19 more than two weeks ago, becoming the first confirmed world leader in the disease.

His symptoms of coronavirus were initially mild, including cough and fever.

He was admitted to St. Thomas Hospital last Sunday after his medical condition worsened and was transferred to the intensive care unit the following day, where he received oxygen but was not put under fan.

He spent three nights there before returning to a regular room on Thursday.

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SEOUL, South Korea – Some churches in South Korea have organized their Easter services online in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, one of the largest churches in South Korea, broadcast a live webcast of its Easter service on Sunday.

A small number of masked worshipers attended the service via the church website. They were particularly seated apart from each other to respect the rules of social distancing. Members of the choir also wore masks when singing hymns.

Many South Korean churches have switched to online services to support government efforts to stem the spread of the new coronavirus. Local media reported that some churches had resumed offline services on Easter Sunday, raising fears of new infections.

South Korea has reported 32 additional cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, a continuing downward trend in new infections in the country.

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SYDNEY – Australia’s chief medical officer, Brendan Murphy, said the country was “well placed” in the fight against the coronavirus as the death toll rose from three to 59.

Murphy says “There is no place in the world that I would prefer to be than Australia right now. “

Australia now has 6,289 confirmed cases of new coronavirus.

Murphy says that people in the community are still spreading the virus, so there is a need to “keep up the pressure and make sure we don’t end up like countries in the world you’ve all seen on the news.”

He says the country is “in a good place … but we have to maintain this good place”.

Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says it would be “very dangerous and unrealistic” to remove restrictions on social displacement too soon.

He says these restrictions will remain in place throughout Australia “as long as necessary” on the basis of medical advice.

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