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  • Global cases: more than 3.3 million
  • Deaths worldwide: at least 238,663
  • Most cases reported: United States (1,103,781), Spain (213,435), Italy (207,428), United Kingdom (178,685) and France (167,305).

The above data was compiled by Johns Hopkins University at 11.32 am Beijing time.

All times below are in Beijing time.

12:30 pm: Singapore plans to loosen “circuit breaker” measures

Singapore will start easing some partial foreclosures this month as new cases in the wider community have gone down, the country’s health ministry said.

Certain activities such as home businesses, laundry services and barbers will be allowed to resume operations on May 12, while students will be brought back to school in small groups from May 19. Some workplaces will also open gradually.

12:02 p.m .: this graph shows how the number of reported cases has increased worldwide

11:14 a.m .: Germany reports fewer than 1,000 new cases

Confirmed cases of coronavirus in Germany, or Covid-19, increased by 945 to a total of 161,703, according to the latest data from the Robert Koch Institute for Infectious Diseases.

The total number of deaths from the virus has increased from 94 to 6,575, the institute said. – Yen Nee Lee

Two people wearing protective masks sit remotely on a park bench April 16, 2020 in Regensburg, Germany.

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11:00 a.m .: India extends nationwide lockout by 2 weeks

India will extend its national lockdown – imposed to stem the spread of the coronavirus – for two weeks after May 4, Reuters reported on Friday, citing a statement from the Home Office.

The statement said there will be “considerable easing” in low-risk neighborhoods, the report said. But some activities will remain banned across the country, including air, train and subway travel, the report said.

India, one of the most populous countries in the world, reported more than 35,000 cases of coronavirus and 1,152 deaths on Friday, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. – Yen Nee Lee

10:40 a.m .: Tesla tells workers on leave to expect a week or more of unemployment

Tesla on Friday prepared its US employees on leave for at least another week of unemployment, according to a memo obtained by CNBC.

Internal communications from Tesla Human Resources Director Valerie Capers Workman followed an explosive explosion by CEO Elon Musk during a results call on Wednesday during which he said that Covid-19 health orders, affecting his business, were “fascist”.

In Alameda County, home of the Fremont Tesla auto plant, Tesla has been forced to keep its facilities operating at a “basic minimum” level since March 24, and unable to produce new electric vehicles. – Lora Kolodny

10:20 a.m .: South Korea adds 6 new cases and 2 additional deaths

South Korea has reported six more cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of infections to 10,780, according to the latest data from the Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This is the fourth consecutive day that the country has reported fewer than 10 new cases a day, according to data from the KCDC.

There have been two additional deaths, bringing the death toll in South Korea to 250 since the epidemic, said KCDC. – Yen Nee Lee

9.50 a.m .: China reports new infection, no further deaths

The National Health Commission of China said there was a new confirmed case of coronavirus disease – “imported” – and no additional deaths.

Cumulatively, the confirmed cases in China amounted to 82,875 and the death toll at 4,633, according to the health authority. A total of 77,685 cases were recovered and discharged from hospitals, the commission said.

The NHC also said that there were 20 new asymptomatic cases, where people were positive for the virus but had no symptoms. The NHC said there were 989 such cases under medical observation. – Yen Nee Lee

9:19 a.m .: Malaysia will ease partial lockdown measures on Monday

As of Monday, Malaysia will ease some of the partial locking measures it has put in place to stem the spread of the coronavirus, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced on Friday.

These measures have been in place since March 18. Prime Minister said country lost around 2.4 billion Malaysian ringgit ($ 558.5 million) per day during partial foreclosure, with an estimated total loss of 63 billion Malaysian ringgit ($ 14.66 billion) ). until there.

Muhyiddin said that almost all economic sectors and commercial activities will be allowed to resume subject to standard operating conditions and procedures laid down by the authorities. Some interstate travel will also be allowed, he added.

But religious, sporting and recreational activities that involve large gatherings will still be banned and schools will remain closed, the Prime Minister said.

Malaysia reported 6,071 cases of coronavirus on Friday, with 103 deaths, according to its Ministry of Health. – Yen Nee Lee

Police inspect vehicles at a roadblock on the fifth day of the movement control order amid the COVID-19 epidemic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, March 22, 2020.

Mohd Daud | NurPhoto | Getty Images

8:58 a.m .: Mexico reports 1,515 new cases and 113 additional deaths

Mexico reported 1,515 new cases of coronavirus on Friday, local time, bringing the number to 20,739, Reuters reported, citing the country’s health ministry.

There have been 113 additional deaths, bringing the total number to 1,972 since the epidemic, the report said. – Yen Nee Lee

All times below are Eastern Time.

7:08 p.m .: Dr. Fauci will not testify at the hearing on the response of the coronavirus

Trump administration health official Dr. Anthony Fauci was barred by the White House from testifying in a House hearing on the response to the US coronavirus next week.

White House spokesman Judd Deere said that while the administration was trying to fight the pandemic, “it is counterproductive to involve the same people in these efforts during congressional hearings.”

Read the full report on the White House move from CNBC’s Jacob Pramuk here. —Chris Eudaily

4:30 p.m .: California Governor Gavin Newsom says state is “days, not weeks” from loosening restrictions

California could be “days, not weeks,” to make major changes to its order for shelters and places, said state governor Gavin Newsom.

“I feel some confidence over the next week that we will be able to make announcements that will give people a little more confidence in California’s ability to get back on its feet,” said Newsom.

State officials are “very, very close to making announcements” that would benefit people in the retail and hospitality industries, including restaurants, he added.

“If we can keep up the line and keep doing good work and just avoid the temptation to come back and get together with people so that we see an increase in spread, we will get there much sooner than many people realize. may be thinking, “Newsom said, according to a report by Noah Higgins-Dunn of CNBC. –Riya Bhattacharjee

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