Worldwide coronavirus death toll exceeds 170,000: live updates | New


Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Kate Mayberry in Kuala Lumpur.

  • There is so much oil running around the system and no demand because of the bottlenecks in the world’s major economies that oil futures fell below zero for the first time in history.
  • Globally, more than 2.4 million people have been diagnosed with the virus and more than 170,000 have died, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Over 646,000 people have recovered.
  • The United States accounts for about a quarter of all deaths.
  • A glimmer of hope in Italy after the country reported a slight drop in active coronavirus cases.

Here are the latest updates:

Tuesday April 21

02:50 GMT – Panic in Palu as coronavirus cases in Indonesia increase

Palu was the city that was shaken by an earthquake and submerged by a tsunami before parts were engulfed on earth in a phenomenon known as liquefaction.

It was September 2018 and thousands of people are still living in cramped temporary shelters – even tents – that depend on aid for regular food and water. Now they have to worry about the coronavirus.

“As soon as the government said there were cases in Palu, I started to panic,” said Tari Yalijama, a 32-year-old mother of three who lives in a temporary shelter. Ian Morse has more on the situation in the Indonesian city.

Indonesia Palu

Some Palu residents continue to live in tents for more than 18 months after the triple disaster of September 2018. NGOs delivered basic supplies this month {Fourni / Al Jazeera]

02:30 GMT – Trump tweets that US immigration will be temporarily suspended

US President Donald Trump has said he plans to sign an executive order to temporarily halt immigration “in light of the attack on the invisible enemy.”

02:00 GMT – Hong Kong expands restrictions on coronviruses

Hong Kong CEO Carrie Lam said the territory would extend its restrictions on 14-day coronaviruses.

Hong Kong reported no new virus cases on Monday for the first time since March.

Under the restrictions that came into effect on March 29, public gatherings of more than four people are prohibited, gymnasiums, cinemas, bars and other entertainment centers are closed and foreign travelers cannot enter the country.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s entertainment districts fell silent after bars and entertainment centers closed in late March [Jerome Favre/EPA]

00:45 GMT – China reports 11 new confirmed cases of coronavirus

The latest coronavirus update in China shows only 11 new cases confirmed on the mainland on April 20, with no new deaths.

The National Health Commission reports that four of the new cases have been imported.

There have been seven cases of local infection, including six in the northeastern border province of Heilongjiang and one in the southern province of Guangdong.

China also reported 37 new cases of asymptomatic coronaviruses on the continent on April 20, up from 49 the day before.

00:30 GMT – UN member states demand “equitable” access to COVID-19 vaccines

The 193 members of the United Nations General Assembly adopted by consensus on Monday a resolution calling for “equitable, effective and rapid” access to all future vaccines developed to fight the coronavirus.

The resolution also highlighted the “crucial leadership role” played by the World Health Organization (WHO). which has come under criticism from the United States and other countries for its handling of the pandemic.

The resolution was drafted by Mexico and won the support of the United States. It calls for the strengthening of “the international scientific cooperation necessary to combat COVID-19 and strengthen coordination”, including with the private sector.

00:00 GMT – Trump criticizes governors for coronavirus tests

President Donald Trump criticized the governors who said they could not relax the locks because they did not have enough coronavirus tests.

Republican Governor of Maryland Larry Hogan said on Monday that he had obtained 500,000 tests from South Korea after more than 20 days of negotiations, and said states had been forced to fend for themselves and be competition for testing.

In his daily briefing on Monday, Trump said that Hogan did not “understand what was going on” while the Democratic Governor of Illinois, J.B. Pritzker “did not understand his ability.”

The president insisted “we are in very good shape for the tests”.

Read all of yesterday’s (April 20) updates here.


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