The number of coronavirus infections continues to increase worldwide, with more than 1,013,000 people diagnosed, while the number of deaths approaches 53,000, including nearly 6,000 in the United States, according to data from Johns Hopkins University on Friday morning.
The number of deaths from the coronavirus pandemic in Spain exceeded 10,000 on Thursday, while the country reported its highest number of deaths in a single day since the start of the epidemic, with a total increase of more than 1 000 to 10 348 among the 112 065 infections.
In response, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously approved a resolution recognizing “the unprecedented effects” of the coronavirus pandemic and calling for “intensified international cooperation to contain, mitigate and defeat” the deadly disease.
Over 210,000 people have recovered from the disease, including 9,000 in the United States.
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump has invoked the Defense Production Act to rapidly expand domestic manufacturing of N95 protective masks, as health officials debate new guidelines amid concerns that the disease is spreading by infected people who have no symptoms.
Here are the latest updates:
Friday April 3
02:43 GMT – Scientists and doctor launch anti-coronavirus body
A group of scientists, doctors, donors and policy makers from more than 70 institutions from more than 30 countries have launched an international coalition to respond to COVID-19 in resource-poor settings, reported The Lancet magazine.
The COVID-19 Clinical Research Coalition aims to accelerate desperately needed research on COVID-19 in areas where the virus could wreak havoc on already fragile health systems and cause the greatest impact on the health of vulnerable populations, according to The report.
Coalition members argue that collaboration and coordination of international research is urgently needed to help African, Latin American, Eastern European and some Asian countries respond to the health crisis effectively.
02:30 GMT – US Navy relieves aircraft commander from coronavirus action
The US Navy relieved the commander of the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt, who wrote a scathing letter that has been released to the public demanding more stringent measures to control a coronavirus outbreak on board his warship.
The removal of Captain Brett Crozier from command of the 5,000-person vessel, first reported by Reuters, was announced by Acting Secretary of the Navy, Thomas Modly, who said that the captain had demonstrated bad judgment.
The dismissal, two days after the commander’s letter leaked, was a dramatic example of how the coronavirus challenges American institutions, even those accustomed to dangerous and complex missions like the United States military.
02:18 GMT – How to tell your children about the coronavirus
As many people around the world are confined to their homes amid efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, families find themselves spending more time together than ever.
For many, this is an unexpected opportunity to connect with spouses, children and siblings. But a question arose: how should adult caregivers tell children about coronavirus in their lives?
Here are some helpful tips.
01:22 GMT – China reports 3,322 deaths from coronaviruses
The Chinese health commission said on Friday four new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total to 3,322 at the end of Thursday.
China has also reported 60 new asymptomatic cases of the virus.
01:22 GMT – Iraq has confirmed thousands of COVID-19 cases more than those reported, doctors say
Iraq has thousands of confirmed cases of COVID-19, far more than the 772 it was made public, according to three doctors closely involved in the screening process, an official from the Ministry of Health and a senior political official.
Three doctors, who work in pharmaceutical teams to help test suspected COVID-19 cases in Baghdad, each said that the confirmed cases of the disease, based on discussions between medical colleagues who see the daily results, lie between around 3000 and 9000 although they each gave different estimates.
The sources all spoke to the Reuters news agency on condition of anonymity. Iraqi authorities have ordered medical personnel not to speak to the media.
The Iraqi Ministry of Health, the only official outlet for information on the coronavirus, has denied reading the sources’ spread of the disease.
“This is incorrect information,” said Saif al-Badr, spokesman for the health ministry, in a text message sent to Reuters without further details.
The ministry said in its latest daily statement on Thursday that the total number of confirmed cases for Iraq was 772, with 54 deaths.
00:22 GMT – UN calls for unity against “unprecedented” coronavirus threat
The United Nations General Assembly unanimously approved a resolution recognizing “the unprecedented effects” of the coronavirus pandemic and calling for “intensified international cooperation to contain, mitigate and defeat” the deadly disease.
The President of the General Assembly, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, sent a letter to all member countries of the United Nations on Thursday evening informing them that there was no objection to the resolution entitled “Global solidarity to fight against coronavirus disease ”sponsored by Ghana, Indonesia, Liechtenstein, Norway, Singapore and Switzerland. and Liechtenstein. He said the resolution has been approved and is in effect.
The resolution also recognizes that the disease, also known as COVID-19, has caused “severe disruption to societies and economies, as well as to world travel and trade, and the devastating impact on people’s livelihoods “and that” the poorest and most vulnerable are the hardest hit. “
00:06 GMT – WHO urges Middle Eastern countries to act quickly
Middle East governments must act quickly to limit spread of coronavirus after cases hit nearly 60,000, almost double their level a week earlier, warned the World Health Organization (WHO) .
“New cases have been reported in some of the countries most vulnerable to fragile health systems,” said Ahmed Al-Mandhari, WHO director for the Eastern Mediterranean region, which includes Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia and Djibouti, as well as the states of the Middle East. .
“Even in countries with stronger health systems, we have seen a worrying increase in the number of cases and deaths reported,” he said in a statement.
“I cannot overstate the urgency of the situation,” said Mandhari. “The growing number of cases shows that transmission occurs quickly at the local and community levels. “
“We still have a window of opportunity, but that window is slowly closing day by day,” he added.
23:20 GMT Thursday – Trump in Iran: If they want help, we will give them help
President Donald Trump has said that if Iran asks its administration to help it deal with the coronavirus emergency, it would be ready to do so.
“They have a very large case of virus. A very, very big case. One of the worst in the world if you believe what you read and believe what I see and what I know. If they want help, we will give them help. “
Earlier, the presumed democratic presidential candidate, former vice-president Joseph Biden, said that he supported the lifting of sanctions against Iran while the country was treating the deadly disease.
I’m Ted Regencia in Kuala Lumpur with Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.
Read all of yesterday’s (April 2) updates here.