DEATH AND INFECTIONS
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* The total number of confirmed cases has risen to more than 584,000, with deaths exceeding 23,500 in the United States, according to a Reuters count.
* Ten American governors have joined together in two regional pacts to coordinate progressive economic reopenings when the coronavirus crisis seemed to be subsiding.
* Wyoming reported its first death from the new coronavirus on Monday, the last US state to report a death from the epidemic.
* The United States Department of Agriculture will spend up to $ 15.5 billion in the initial phase of its plan to strengthen the country’s food supply chain against the effects of the coronavirus epidemic.
* Brazil probably has 12 times more cases of new coronavirus than those officially reported by the government, with too few tests and long waits to confirm the results, according to a published study.
* Panama registered 72 new cases on Monday, bringing the country’s total to 3,472 cases with 94 deaths.
* Mexico registered 353 new cases on Monday, bringing its total to 5,014 cases and 332 deaths.
* COVID-19 deaths in UK hospitals have risen to 11,329 and the government, which is to operate without convalescent leader Boris Johnson, has reported that there will be no relaxation of the lockdown measures this week .
* French President Emmanuel Macron announced that he was extending a virtual lockdown to limit the coronavirus epidemic until May 11, adding that progress had been made but that the battle was not yet won.
* President Vladimir Putin said Russia may need to call on the military to help fight the virus crisis and warned that contagion is worsening after the number of confirmed cases has increased by one record daily amount.
* Turkey will impose a new lockout next weekend as part of measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus, said President Tayyip Erdogan, after a 48-hour curfew in 31 provinces that ended at midnight .
ASIA AND PACIFIC
* China notified 89 new cases on April 13, up from 108 the day before. The total number of cases in China now stands at 82,249, and the death toll at 3,341.
* China has approved early-stage human tests for two experimental vaccines to fight COVID-19, state media Xinhua reported.
* India and Pakistan are planning to partially reopen their economies to minimize the cost of restrictive measures imposed to stop the spread of the coronavirus, officials from both countries said.
* The Singapore Department of Health confirmed on Monday 386 additional cases of coronavirus infection in the city’s largest daily jump, bringing its total to 2,918.
* Australian authorities are investigating whether an illegal social gathering of health workers is causing a spike in coronavirus cases in the island state of Tasmania.
* India extended a national lock-out on Tuesday until May 3 when the number of cases exceeded 10,000 despite a three-week layoff.
MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA
* The death toll in Iran as a result of the epidemic has risen to 4,585, with 111 more overnight, said an official with the Ministry of Health, adding that the total number of infected cases had reached 73 303 in the most affected Middle Eastern country.
* Sudan will impose a foreclosure on the capital Khartoum for three weeks after the discovery of 10 new cases of new coronavirus on Monday, its Information Minister announced.
* Nigeria will extend blockages in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun states for another 14 days to fight the new coronavirus, President Muhammadu Buhari said in a speech to the nation that recognized the sacrifices of the country’s poor.
* Asian stocks rebounded from hopes that the coronavirus epidemic would peak, although sentiment was cautious ahead of corporate profits as investors worried about a deep global recession. [MKTS/GLOB]
* A pronounced economic slowdown and massive spending to rescue coronaviruses will almost quadruple the budget deficit of the United States for fiscal year 2020 to a record amount of 3,800 billion dollars, or 18.7% of American economic production, according to a Washington-based watchdog group.
* Argentina’s inflation rate is expected to reach 3% in March, according to a Reuters analyst poll, compared to a month earlier as the government tried to control consumer prices during the coronavirus pandemic and blockage that results nationally.
* Retail price inflation in India fell to a four-month low in March, increasing the chances that the central bank will further ease interest rates in its efforts to encourage economic activity which has stalled in the midst of the coronavirus epidemic.
A man wearing a protective mask walks an empty street during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) epidemic in Mexico City, Mexico, April 12, 2020. REUTERS / Edgard Garrido
* Brazil’s economy will contract 5.0% this year due to the direct and indirect economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the World Bank, which will mark the country’s biggest crash in at least a half century.
* The International Monetary Fund has said it will provide immediate debt relief to 25 member countries through its Disaster Relief and Relief Fund to allow them to focus more financial resources on fighting pandemic.
* Some major US passenger airlines are on the verge of accepting the terms of a $ 25 billion offer for government assistance in the payment of coronaviruses, with announcements possible as early as Tuesday, people told this subject.
Compiled by Uttaresh.V and Devika Syamnath; Editing by Arun Koyyur and Anil D’Silva
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