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(Reuters) – More than 1.7 million people have been infected with the new coronavirus worldwide and 108,252 have died, according to a Reuters count, at 0200 GMT.

People walk on the pedestrian crossing in the city center, which has fewer passers-by than usual after the announcement of the state of emergency, following the epidemic of coronavirus disease (COVID-19 ), in the city of Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo on April 11, 2020. Mandatory credit Kyodo via REUTERS

DEATH AND INFECTIONS

* For an interactive graph showing the global spread, open tmsnrt.rs/3aIRuz7 in an external browser.

* US-focused tracker with state by state and county map, open tmsnrt.rs/2w7hX9T in an external browser.

EUROPE

* Pope Francis called for global solidarity in the fight against the pandemic and its economic fallout, calling for the relaxation of international sanctions, the reduction of the debt of poor countries and a ceasefire in all Conflicts.

* Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he owed his life to hospital staff, in his first comments since leaving critical care for coronavirus treatment, while his government was under increasing pressure to explain why the death toll was increasing so quickly.

* Spain recorded its smallest one-day increase in the number of deaths from the disease since March 23, Saturday, as thousands of businesses were preparing to reopen as part of relaxed lock restrictions at national scale.

* Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte extended the national lockdown until May 3, although he said certain types of stores would be allowed to reopen next week.

Americas

* The United States surpassed Italy on Saturday as the country with the highest number of coronavirus deaths, registering more than 20,000 deaths since the start of the epidemic, according to a Reuters report.

* The two leading Republicans in the US Congress have pledged to oppose Democrats’ demands to match a $ 250 billion proposal to help small businesses with the same amount for hospitals and state and local governments .

ASIA AND PACIFIC

* China is stepping up the screening of incoming foreigners and tightening border controls after the number of imported coronavirus cases one day set a record, helping to double the daily number of newly detected infections.

* Bangladesh has announced an estimated $ 1.7 billion rescue plan to help farmers struggling due to restrictions to stop the spread of coronavirus. Neighboring India is expected to further expand its lockout nationwide.

* North Korea called for tougher and deeper countermeasures to protect citizens from the coronavirus at a meeting chaired by leader Kim Jong Un, official media said.

* Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe provoked anger from some Twitter users on Sunday after sharing a video of him lying on a sofa with his dog drinking tea and reading, as well as a message telling people to stay at home.

MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

* African ambassadors to China have written to the country’s foreign minister about what they call discrimination against Africans as the country seeks to prevent a resurgence of the coronavirus.

* South Africa, which has banned the sale of alcohol and cigarettes as part of a lockout that sparked a wave of lootings from liquor stores, said on Sunday it had caught police accomplices illegal sales of alcohol.

* With Jerusalem locked out, Easter Sunday was marked on the traditional site of the death and resurrection of Jesus by a handful of Christian religious.

* The number of deaths in Iran from COVID-19 has increased by 117 over the past day to 4,474, Ministry of Health spokesman Kianush Jahanpur said on Sunday.

ECONOMIC BENEFITS

* India and other South Asian countries are expected to experience their worst growth in four decades this year due to the pandemic, the World Bank announced on Sunday.

* JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N), the largest lender in the United States in terms of assets, raises the borrowing standards for most new mortgage loans this week as the bank takes measures to mitigate the risk of lending resulting from the coronavirus disruption .

* Brazil’s deficit in 2020 is approaching 500 billion reais (96 billion dollars), or 7% of gross domestic product, even before a proposal for state aid of up to 222 billion reais to fight against coronavirus is taken into account, said the Ministry of Economy.

Compiled by Frances Kerry

Our standards:Principles of the Thomson Reuters Trust.

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