Countries around the world continue to redouble their efforts to fight Covid-19, which has infected more than 1.1 million people and killed around 60,450 people, the majority of them in Europe. Here are the latest updates from April 4:
Saturday April 4, 2020
Global coronavirus toll exceeds 60,000
The coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 60,000 people worldwide, including almost three-quarters in Europe, since its appearance in China in December, according to a count compiled by the AFP press agency at 1.30 p.m. GMT from official sources.
A total of 60,457 deaths have been recorded, including 45,000 in Europe, the continent most affected by the virus.
Official counts probably only reflect a fraction of the actual number of cases.
With 14,681 deaths, Italy is the country with the highest number of deaths, followed by Spain (11,744), the United States (7,159), France (6,507) and Great Britain ( 4,313).
Since the emergence of Covid-19, 1,130,204 cases have been officially reported worldwide, more than half of them in Europe (610,846).
Italy: 681 dead
The number of deaths from the epidemic in Italy increased from 681 to 15,362, a slightly smaller increase than seen in recent days, while the number of intensive care patients fell for the first time, the civil defense agency announced on Saturday.
The total number of confirmed cases increased to 124,632 from 119,827 reported on Friday, an increase of 4,805, slightly higher than the figures for the past few days, which suggests that the spread of the disease has plateaued.
Of those originally infected nationwide, 20,996 were declared cured on Saturday, up from 19,758 the day before.
There were 3,994 people in intensive care, down from 4,068 in the previous year, the first time the total had dropped since the epidemic began in northern Italy on February 21.
Death toll reaches 501 in Turkey
Turkey has confirmed that 76 other people have died from the coronavirus in the country in the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 501.
Another 156 Turkish citizens living abroad have also died, according to Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.
The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases jumped to 23,934 as 3,013 more people tested positive for the virus in one day, according to data from Health Minister Fahrettin Koca on Twitter.
So far, a total of 786 patients have recovered and been discharged from hospitals, while 1,311 patients are currently in intensive care, said Koca. The recovery rate has shown a significant increase.
In addition, 19,664 tests were carried out on Saturday and the total number of tests carried out so far has reached 161,380.
France reports 441 new deaths
On Saturday, France reported 441 deaths from coronavirus in 24 hours, a record figure of 588 the day before.
This has brought the total to 7,560 deaths since the start of the epidemic, senior health official Jerome Salomon told reporters. Among them, 5,532 died in hospital.
Dubai announces 14-day lockout
Dubai has announced a two-week lockdown starting at 4:00 p.m. GMT on Saturday to disinfect the emirate and contain the spread of the coronavirus, national news agency WAM said, 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.
UK reports 708 new deaths
Britain reported 708 additional deaths from Covid-19 on Saturday in a new daily record, as the number of confirmed cases rose to nearly 42,000.
The Department of Health said 4,333 people who tested positive for the virus at the hospital died on Friday at 4:00 p.m. GMT while there were 41,903 confirmed cases at 8:00 p.m. GMT on Saturday, up from 3,735.
The death toll has steadily increased to more than 500 deaths a day this week and the country is preparing for a peak expected in the next week at 10 days.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is in isolation after developing mild symptoms of the disease, ordered a three-week foreclosure from the country on March 23 in an attempt to reduce infections.
Prime Minister of Spain announces extension of lockout
Spain recorded a second successive daily decline in coronavirus-related deaths with 809 deaths, according to official figures on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced on Saturday that the country will be closed until April 25 to curb the spread of the new coronavirus.
“The cabinet on Tuesday will again ask Parliament’s permission to extend the alert a second time until midnight on Saturday April 25,” Sanchez said in a televised speech.
Spain has 11,744 deaths and 124,736 infections and the pandemic. It is keeping pace with Italy as the most infected country after the United States.
But the spread of the epidemic is slowing and Spanish hospitals have helped more than 34,000 people recover from the virus.
540 dead in Switzerland
On Saturday, Switzerland saw the number of cases of the new coronavirus in the country exceed 20,000, while the number of deaths in the pandemic has exceeded 500.
The health ministry said 20,201 people in Switzerland tested positive for Covid-19 on Saturday morning, nearly 1,000 more than a day earlier.
The small Alpine country of some 8.5 million people is thus one of the most affected in relation to the size of the population, now having 236 infections recorded per 100,000 inhabitants.
At the same time, an additional 76 people have died in the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll in Switzerland to the pandemic to 540, the ministry said.
Over 7,000 deaths in the United States
The United States has the largest official number of people infected with 278,458 diagnosed cases, 7,159 deaths and 9,772 cures.
On Saturday, the Americans learned of the recommendations to wear masks against the coronavirus.
The administration of President Donald Trump suggested on Friday that the widespread use of simple masks or scarves could help slow the spread – even though the American leader has said he will not follow the advice himself.
“It will really be a voluntary thing,” said Trump. “You don’t have to do it and I choose not to do it, but some people may want to do it and that’s fine. “
Iranian death toll stands at 3,452 – Ministry of Health
The death toll in Iran from the coronavirus epidemic has risen to 3,452, with an additional 158 recorded in the past 24 hours, health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpur said.
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.
Indonesian infections top 2000
Indonesia has reported 106 new confirmed coronavirus infections, bringing the total number of cases in the country in Southeast Asia to 2,092.
Health ministry official Achmad Yurianto also said there were 10 new deaths, bringing the death toll to 191.
Malaysia reports 150 new cases and four additional deaths
Malaysia has reported 150 new cases of coronavirus, including four deaths.
This brought the country’s total to 3,483 confirmed infections and 57 deaths, the health ministry said.
Philippines records eight new deaths, 76 more infections
The Philippine Ministry of Health has reported 76 additional coronavirus infections and eight new deaths.
In a bulletin, the Ministry of Health said a total of 144 people have died in the Philippines while 3,094 have been infected, the majority of which have been reported in the past four weeks.
Bangladesh reports two other deaths and nine other cases
Bangladesh has reported two other deaths and nine other cases of infection with the new coronavirus.
The total death toll has risen to eight while the number of people infected with Covid-19 has risen to 70 since March 8, the date the first case of infection was reported, said Meerjady Sabrina Flora, Director from the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research.
Experts say the number of cases could increase in the coming weeks, as authorities have increased testing facilities across the country in South Asia.
China pays tribute to victims with three-minute reflection
China has stalled to mourn patients and medical staff killed by the coronavirus as the world’s most populous country observes a three-minute silence nationwide.
At 0200GMT, citizens stopped, cars, trains and ships sounded their horns, and air raid sirens sounded in memory of the more than 3,000 lives killed by the virus in China.
In Wuhan – the city where the virus first appeared at the end of last year – sirens and horns sounded as people fell silent on the streets.
State media showed Chinese President Xi Jinping and other government officials outside a Beijing government complex, wearing white flowers. And in Tiananmen Square in the capital, the national flag flown at half-mast, surrounded by heavier than normal security.
South Korea Expands Intensive Social Distancing
South Korea has announced that it will extend its intensive social distancing campaign, which is scheduled to end on Monday for two weeks, with the aim of reducing the rate of coronavirus infections to around 50 per day.
The country has largely succeeded in containing the largest epidemic in Asia outside of China with around 100 new cases or less per day. But smaller epidemics in churches, hospitals and nursing homes, as well as infections among travelers, continue to emerge.
Pakistan receives $ 200 million from World Bank
The World Bank has granted Pakistan $ 200 million in aid to help the most vulnerable as the country faces the coronavirus pandemic with a lockdown that, according to Prime Minister Imran Khan, will continue until April 14.
The money will be used to provide social protection measures, as well as food for the poorest and school supplies for millions of out-of-school children.
Pakistan has 2,686 confirmed cases and 40 deaths.
Australia sees more signs of coronavirus spread stabilizing
Australia has reported more signs of stabilization in the spread of the new coronavirus, with New South Wales health officials defending the landing in mid-March of a cruise ship infected with the virus.
According to data from the Federal Ministry of Health, there have been 230 new cases of coronavirus during the 24-hour period until early Saturday in Australia, bringing the total to 5,454 cases. This suggests that the daily rate of increase has continued to stay at around 5% in recent days, significantly lower than the 30% jumps seen two weeks ago.
To date, 28 deaths have been linked to Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus.
Seven deaths and more than 600 cases of coronavirus have occurred on a single cruise ship – Ruby Princess of Carnival Corp, which landed in Sydney in March when health officials knew the risk of coronavirus on board.
US sets new world record with 1,480 deaths in 24 hours
The United States recorded nearly 1,500 deaths from Covid-19 between Thursday and Friday, according to Johns Hopkins University tracker, the worst 24-hour death toll in the world since the start of the pandemic.
With 1,480 deaths recorded between 0030GMT Thursday and the same time on Friday, according to constantly updated figures from the university, the total number of deaths since the start of the pandemic in the United States is now 7,406.
In the United States, the total number of infections now exceeds 277,000.
Falkland Islands confirm first case
The government of the Falkland Islands has confirmed the first case of territory for the new coronavirus.
A patient tested positive after being admitted to the hospital with symptoms on March 31, according to a statement on Friday that he was isolated and in “stable condition”.
Located in the southern Atlantic Ocean, Britain’s overseas territory was one of a decreasing number of remote locations that did not report any cases of Covid-19 during the pandemic.
Health authorities in the Falklands – which house 3,400 people – have sent samples to the UK for testing, the statement said.
Mexico now has 1,688 cases, 60 deaths
The Mexican Ministry of Health said the number of people who died from coronaviruses in the country had increased to 60, down from 50 the day before. It recorded a total of 1,688 cases of coronavirus, against 1,510.
Mainland China Reports 19 New Cases
Mainland China reported 19 new confirmed cases of coronavirus on Saturday, compared with 31 a day earlier, including a new infection in central Hubei province, the epicenter of the epidemic in the country.
Of the new cases, 18 involved travelers from abroad, the National Health Commission said in a statement. New infections bring the total number of confirmed cases in mainland China to 81,639 on Friday.
China also reported four new deaths, bringing the death toll to 3,326 on Friday.
Source: TRTWorld and agencies