According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the number of worldwide deaths from Covid-19 exceeds 190,000, with confirmed cases worldwide exceeding 2.7 million. Here are the April 24 updates:
Friday April 24
Belgium will gradually reopen businesses and schools from mid-May
Businesses and schools in Belgium will gradually reopen from mid-May, easing a lockdown imposed in mid-March, announced Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes.
Businesses will restart from May 11 and schools will restart from May 18, Wilmes said, adding that the spread of the virus has slowed but stressing that the situation is still evolving. “Nothing is set in stone,” added the Prime Minister.
Death toll from coronaviruses in France increases from 389 to 22,245
The death toll from coronavirus in France increased from 389 to 22,245 on Friday, said the country’s top health official, Jerome Salomon.
The number of coronavirus cases in the hospital fell to 28,658 from 29,219, he added.
2,600 coronavirus deaths in Turkey
On Friday, Turkey confirmed 109 additional deaths from the new coronavirus in the past 24 hours, bringing the total death toll to 2,600.
The total number of registered coronavirus cases jumped to 104,912, while an additional 3,122 people tested positive for the virus, said Health Minister Fahrettin Koca on Twitter.
So far, a total of 21,737 patients have been released from medical care after recovering from the virus, of which 3,246 were released on Friday alone, according to data from the Ministry of Health.
A total of 38,351 tests have been performed in the past 24 hours, with a total reaching 830,257, according to the data.
Koca also noted that the number of patients discharged in the past 24 hours has been around 15% of the total so far.
Italy registers 420 new deaths
The number of deaths from the Covid-19 epidemic in Italy rose by 420 on Friday, the smallest daily count since March 19, the civil defense agency said, but the number of new infections rose to 2,021, compared to 2,646 Thursday.
As of Friday, the death toll was down from 464 the previous day.
The total number of deaths since the outbreak was first reported on February 21 is now 25,969, the agency said, the second highest in the world after that of the United States.
The number of confirmed cases was 192,994, the third largest in the world behind those in the United States and Spain.
People registered as carriers of the disease fell to 106,527 from 106,848 on Thursday, the fifth consecutive daily decline.
There were 2,173 people in intensive care on Friday compared to 2,267 on Thursday, now a long-term decline. Of the people originally infected, 60,498 were declared cured compared to 57,576 a day earlier.
The agency said that 1.148 million people had been tested for the virus against 1.053 million the previous day, out of a population of around 60 million.
UK hospital death toll rises to 19,506
The number of deaths from the new coronavirus in hospitals in the UK has risen to 19,506, an increase of 684 in 24 hours, the latest data from the Department of Health revealed on Friday.
The country now has 143,464 confirmed cases of virus, or 5,386 in one day.
Death figures are at 5 p.m. (1600 GMT) Thursday, while test data is at 9 a.m. (0800 GMT) Friday.
Nearly 33,000 people released from quarantine centers
Nearly 33,000 people in Turkey have been released after spending two weeks in quarantine in student dormitories, the country’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) said on Friday.
In a statement, AFAD said that due to the coronavirus epidemic, 56,293 people have been quarantined, most of them brought back from abroad, in all but four of the 81 Turkish provinces.
He said 32,763 of them completed their 14-day quarantine period and were released after their test results for Covid-19 returned negative.
“1,977 AFAD employees helped people who stayed in 144 dormitories at the country’s higher education establishment and youth hostels during the quarantine and evacuation procedures,” he added. .
Leaders back WHO plan to speed up Covid-19 drugs
World leaders on Friday expressed support for an initiative by the World Health Organization (WHO) to accelerate the development of drugs and vaccines to fight Covid-19.
British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said the pandemic caused by the new coronavirus was the “greatest global threat the world has faced in a generation”, while Spain expressed strong support for “Central role” of WHO in its management.
Vietnam says five million workers affected
Vietnam said on Friday that the coronavirus epidemic had negatively affected 5 million workers and 84.8% of businesses in the country.
The Southeast Asian country on Friday reported two new cases of coronavirus, one day after lifting severe movement restrictions, bringing the total to 270 without deaths.
“The difficult situation is expected to continue due to the effects of the disease on production and workers,” the government’s general statistics office said in a statement.
The number of Dutch cases increases from 806 to 36,535
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the Netherlands has increased from 806 to 36,535, health officials said on Friday, with 112 new deaths.
The total death toll in the country is now 4,289, the Dutch Institute for Public Health (RIVM) said in its daily update. The RIVM stressed that it only reports confirmed cases and that the actual figures are higher.
Spain sees 367 new deaths, lowest daily toll in a month
Spain has seen 367 people die from a new coronavirus in the past 24 hours, the lowest daily death rate in four weeks, the government said.
The latest figures represent the lowest daily toll since March 22, when 394 deaths were reported.
This brings the total number of pandemic deaths in the country to 22,524, the third highest number of deaths from viruses in the world after the United States and Italy.
The death toll in Switzerland is 1,309
The Swiss death toll from the new coronavirus has reached 1,309, the country’s public health agency said on Thursday, dropping 1,268 people.
The number of positive tests also increased to 28,677 from 28,496 on Thursday, he said.
Switzerland should start the first phase of its relaxation of restrictions on coronaviruses on April 27 with the reopening of hairdressers, florists and garden centers.
Poland Extends School Lockout Until May 24
The Polish government must extend the closure of schools and kindergartens by one month until May 24, said Minister of Education Dariusz Piatkowski.
Piatkowski also said at a press conference that he was considering the possibility of allowing certain educational institutions to provide child care, but gave no further details.
Previously, the lockdown of the education system was to last until April 26.
Death toll in Iran rises from 93 to 5,574
The death toll in Iran from the new coronavirus has increased by 93 to a total of 5,574, Ministry of Health spokesman Kianush Jahanpur said on state television.
The total number of people diagnosed with the disease is 88,194, of whom 3,121 are in critical condition, he added.
Few Hundreds of Cases a Day Can Help Lock Out – Germany
The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Germany must drop to a few hundred a day to allow further relaxation of the lockdown measures, said the Robert Koch Institute for Infectious Diseases.
Germany registered 2,337 new cases, bringing the total number of confirmed infections to 150,383. The number of reported deaths increased by 227 to 5,321.
New daily cases on the rise in Russia
Russia has reported 5,849 new confirmed cases of new coronavirus, bringing its national death toll to 68,622.
Sixty people with the virus died overnight, bringing the death toll to 615, said the official Russian crisis response center.
Singapore records 897 new infections
Singapore recorded 897 new cases, bringing its total to 12,075.
The health ministry said the vast majority of the new cases were migrant workers living in dormitories, many of which are under government quarantine due to massive epidemics.
The island of 5.7 million people now has one of the highest infection rates in Asia, according to official figures, behind China, India and Japan.
Thailand reports 15 new cases, no new deaths
Thailand has reported 15 new cases of coronavirus and no new deaths, bringing the total number of cases since its onset in January to 2,854 cases and 50 deaths.
Of the new cases, nine were related to previous cases and two had no known link.
Four other new cases have been reported in the southern province of Yala, where authorities are aggressively testing the population due to high infection rates there, said Taweesin Wisanuyothin, spokesperson for the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration of government.
Since the epidemic, 2,490 patients have recovered and returned home.
Tally jumps to 91 on an Italian cruise ship in Japan
No less than 91 crew members of an Italian cruise ship docked in the southwestern port of Japan at Nagasaki are infected with a coronavirus, officials said, as questions remain over how and when return to their country of origin.
Authorities are rushing to test about 290 of the 623 crew members after one of them was found infected this week. The high rate of infections has fueled concerns about the potential pressure on medical services if patients’ conditions worsen.
Duterte extends imprisonment in Manila until mid-May
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has extended the strict lockdown of the capital Manila until May 15 in an attempt to contain coronavirus infections, but will ease restrictions in low-risk areas of the country, his spokesman said.
The enhanced community quarantine, as the measures are called, would be expanded to include other parts of the Philippines where the number of infections is high, but restrictions elsewhere would be changed, with a gradual resumption of work and commercial activity.
United States crosses 50,000 dead – Johns Hopkins
The new coronavirus has killed more than 50,000 people in the United States, according to Worldometer tracker.
Earlier, John Hopkins University data showed that the United States had suffered one of the deadliest days of the pandemic with 3,176 deaths.
The deaths were recorded by JHU within 24 hours until 0030GMT Friday, bringing the total number of coronavirus deaths in the United States to 49,759, according to the University of Baltimore.
The United States, the most affected country in the world, now has 886,709 confirmed cases of coronavirus, 26,971 more than the previous day.
Due to a lack of tests, the actual number of infections is likely to be much higher.
China reports six new cases on the mainland
Mainland China reported six new cases at the end of April 23, compared to 10 reported a day earlier, bringing the total number of Covid-19 infections to 82,804.
The National Health Commission of China said in a statement that two of the new cases were so-called imported cases involving overseas travelers.
Six of these imported cases had been reported the day before.
The number of new asymptomatic patients, those infected with the virus but showing no symptoms, rose to 34 from 27 reported a day earlier.
The death toll in mainland China remained unchanged at 4,632.
Panama reports 174 new cases of coronavirus
Panama has reported 174 new cases of the virus, bringing the country’s total to 5,166 people infected, the ministry of health said.
The death toll in Panama from the highly contagious respiratory illness caused by the virus is 146.
Total coronavirus cases in Ecuador are twice as high as confirmed
Ecuador’s Minister of Health said the total number of cases of the virus in the country was twice as high as previously confirmed, with authorities adding 11,000 new infections as a result of delayed testing.
With 560 confirmed deaths, the epidemic devastated the economy of the oil-producing country and overwhelmed health officials in the largest city of Guayaquil, where the corpses remained in homes or for hours on the street.
Minister Juan Carlos Zevallos said the government would add the new cases to the confirmed total of 11.1 83 infections. According to figures from the Ministry of Health, nearly 24,000 test results were expected and their treatment takes on average a week.
Algeria relaxes Ramadan lock
Algeria will ease containment measures on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan by shortening the night curfew and lifting the total foreclosure of a province near the capital Algiers, the office of the prime minister said.
Algeria has so far reported 3,007 cases of Covid-19, with 407 deaths and 1,355 cures.
Source: TRTWorld and agencies