US coronavirus cases top 100,000; Italy deaths rise: Live updates

Spain’s death toll from the coronavirus pandemic jumped to 5,690 on Saturday, with 832 sufferers dying within the past 24 hours, in response to the well being ministry.

The announcement got here because the variety of folks contaminated with the virus in america hit more than 104,000, in response to a Johns Hopkins College tally, with deaths surpassing 1,700.


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In Italy, more than 10,000 folks have died for the reason that start of the coronavirus pandemic, in response to the newest knowledge from the Civil Safety Company.

Worldwide, the variety of cases has reached more than 600,000, of which more than 131,000 folks have recovered. Greater than 27,000 have died.

Listed below are the newest updates:

Saturday, March 28

20: 50 GMT – Coronavirus lockdown: India grapples with migrant staff’ exodus

A nationwide lockdown in India – the world’s largest – over the coronavirus pandemic is wreaking havoc on hundreds of migrant staff within the capital, New Delhi.

With few transport choices out there, hundreds of individuals, principally young male day labourers but in addition households, have resorted to commuting on foot in the course of the 21-day lockdown that began on Wednesday.

The employees began fleeing New Delhi after Prime Minister Narendra Modi introduced the lockdown, which successfully put millions of Indians residing off each day earnings out of labor. Development initiatives, taxi companies, housekeeping and different casual sector employment got here to a sudden halt.

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20: 45 GMT – UN donates 250,000 masks to hard-hit New York

UN Secretary-Common Antonio Guterres introduced the donation of the 250,000 masks, which had simply been positioned in United Nations storage services, to america to be used in hard-hit New York City.

The town’s Mayor Invoice De Blasio hailed the UN for “answering the call” for the town the place the insitution’s headquarters are positioned.

Guterres mentioned in assertion the United Nations and the US Mission to the UN had been working with de Blasio’s office to ensure swift supply of the masks to medical services round New York.

20: 30 GMT – Spain toughens lockdown as toll nears 5,700

Well being personnel are seen outside the emergency entrance of the Severo Ochoa Hospital in Madrid, Spain Carlos Alvarez/Getty Photos]

Spain toughened its nationwide lockdown on Saturday, halting all non-essential actions because it stepped up its battle in opposition to the lethal coronavirus epidemic that has up to now claimed 5,690 lives.    

Spain has the world’s second-highest coronavirus death toll after Italy, dropping one other 832 folks during the last 24 hours because the variety of cases soared to 72,248.

Regardless of the grim 24-hour death toll, well being chiefs mentioned the rate of infections was slowing, suggesting that the epidemic was nearing its peak.

However the pressure on intensive care services was a big supply of concern, with the best stress anticipated in a few week’s time, prompting the federal government to carry the restrictions to gradual the contagion.

20: 15 GMT – Coronavirus cases in Israel exceed 3,600

The overall variety of coronavirus cases in Israel has reached 3,619, as 159 more folks examined optimistic, in response to nation’s well being ministry.

At the very least 12 folks have up to now died of the virus, with 54 sufferers in a essential situation and 89 recoveries, a ministry assertion mentioned.

As a part of measures to stem the unfold of the coronavirus, all colleges within the nation have been closed all conferences in open or closed areas with more than 10 folks have additionally been banned.

20: 00 GMT – International death toll from coronavirus surpass 30,000

The global death toll from the coronavirus surpassed 30,000 on Saturday, in response to knowledge compiled by the US-based Johns Hopkins College.

The virus referred to as COVID-19, which emerged in Wuhan, China final December, has unfold to no less than 177 countries and areas across the globe, with a complete of 649,904 confirmed cases worldwide and 30,249 deaths. 

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A complete of 137,283 folks recognized with the virus have up to now recovered globally.

Italy, Spain, China and Iran proceed to be essentially the most affected countries by way of deaths, however the US tops the list of the highest variety of confirmed cases – 115,547.

Italy recorded essentially the most deaths with 10,023 fatalities with almost 92,500 cases, whereas Spain has 5,812 deaths and more than 72,200 confirmed cases. China, the bottom zero of the virus, adopted Spain with 3,100 deaths and almost 82,000 cases.

19: 30 GMT – France experiences 319 more coronavirus deaths, taking toll to 2,314

French medical epidemiologist Arnaud Fontanet speaks throughout a information convention with the prime minister in Paris on the eleventh day of a strict nationwide confinement looking for to halt the unfold of COVID-19 illness [Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/Reuters]

French well being authorities reported 319 new deaths from the coronavirus, up 16 percent on the day past and taking the overall to 2,314, as the federal government scrambled to extend the variety of intensive care beds nationwide.

The each day authorities tally solely accounts for these dying in hospital however authorities say they are going to be capable of compile knowledge on deaths in retirement houses from next week, which is prone to result in a big improve in registered fatalities.

The variety of recognized cases of an infection rose to 37,575 on Saturday from 32,964 a day earlier, the well being authority mentioned.

“I want to say how things are with clarity and frankness. The battle is only starting,” mentioned Prime Minister Edouard Philippe at a information convention with Well being Minister Olivier Veran to stipulate the federal government’s technique.

“The first 15 days of April will be even more difficult than the 15 days that are coming to an end now,” Philippe mentioned.

19: 10 GMT – 47-nation WHO Africa area has 2,650 coronavirus cases, 49 deaths

Coronavirus has now unfold to dozens of countries in Africa, with 2,650 contaminated and 49 dead, the top of the World Well being Group (WHO) mentioned.

The WHO stands able to assist all countries within the battle in opposition to the virus, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general, mentioned on Twitter.

The #coronavirus has now unfold to dozens of countries within the @WHOAFRO area. As of at present, there are 2,650 confirmed #COVID19 cases and 49 deaths. Governments and well being authorities throughout the continent are striving to restrict widespread infections.

— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) March 28, 2020

Nations with weaker well being methods should act aggressively to include unfold amongst early cases and forestall neighborhood transmission, he mentioned.

18: 55 GMT – Qatar says it’s caring for 31 Bahraini residents

An announcement from Qatar’s Communications Workplace has make clear the situations of Bahraini residents, who had been transiting home from Iran. The 31 Bahrainis, whose authorities has not but despatched a constitution aircraft to fly them again, have all been examined for coronavirus and are staying at a quarantine lodge in Doha.

The full assertion is below:

On 27 March 2020, 31 Bahraini residents arrived in Doha on a Qatar Airways flight from Iran. As Bahrain doesn’t enable industrial flights from Qatar, the State of Qatar inquired with officers in Bahrain as to how Qatar might help within the vacationers’ efforts to return home.

Qatar supplied to fly the Bahraini residents on a private constitution flight to Bahrain at no expense to the people or the federal government of Bahrain. The federal government of Bahrain declined this feature. Bahraini officers have mentioned they are going to ship a flight for them at some undefined level within the future.

Because the well being and safety of all people in Qatar, and all over the world, is paramount presently, the Ministry of Public Well being has administered coronavirus assessments for the 31 Bahraini residents and supplied them with lodging in a quarantine lodge without charge to them or the federal government of Bahrain. These testing optimistic will obtain free and full well being care without delay. These testing unfavorable will proceed to look at self-isolation for 2 weeks at a quarantine lodge, at no expense to them.

It’s our hope that by the tip of this two-week quarantine, that the federal government of Bahrain will enable their residents to return home. If not, we’ll proceed to offer them with hospitality and care.

18: 35 GMT – Eire experiences 14 coronavirus deaths to carry complete to 36

Eire has reported 14 deaths from COVID-19 infections, all within the east of the nation and essentially the most on a single day up to now to carry the overall variety of fatalities to 36, the division of well being mentioned.

The nation additionally reported an extra 294 confirmed cases of coronavirus to carry the overall to 2,415, the division mentioned in a press release, barely down on the 302 new cases reported on Friday when Eire introduced additional restrictions for residents.

18: 05 GMT – Trump says he could quarantine New York, New Jersey and Connecticut

President Donald Trump mentioned he was contemplating imposing a two-week quarantine on New York in addition to parts of New Jersey and Connecticut as a part of additional efforts to stem the unfold of the coronavirus.

Trump mentioned he was contemplating inserting a two-week enforced quarantine on New York, which he referred to as a “hot spot,” in some unspecified time in the future afterward Saturday. The quarantine may also apply to elements of New Jersey and Connecticut.

“This would be an enforceable quarantine,” Trump mentioned from the White Home. “I’d rather not do it, but we may need it.”

The variety of coronavirus cases reached over 52,000 in New York, the US epicentre of the outbreak, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo mentioned Saturday.

By Saturday afternoon, the sum of complete recognized coronavirus US cases had soared to 115,842, eclipsing the toll the illness has taken on China and Italy.

17: 32 GMT – Italy’s coronavirus toll tops 10,000

Italy’s death toll from the novel coronavirus shot past 10,000 with 889 new deaths, the nation’s civil safety service mentioned.

The toll in Italy, which has suffered more deaths than every other nation, now stands at 10,023. An extra 5,974 infections dropped at 92,472 the quantity of people that have formally examined optimistic for COVID-19 in Italy for the reason that disaster started final month.

Newest figures supplied by the civil safety division, nevertheless, confirmed that each the each day death rate and the rise in contagion cases grew a bit slower than Friday.

Present contagions rose by 5 percent to succeed in 70,065, in contrast with a 7 percent rise on Friday. The overall variety of recovered folks reached 12,384.

17: 20 GMT – Turkey’s coronavirus deaths as much as 108, with 1,704 new cases

Turkey’s death toll from the coronavirus elevated by 16 to 108 on Saturday, because the variety of confirmed cases rose by 1,704 to 7,402, Well being Minister Fahrettin Koca mentioned.

He added on Twitter that 7,641 assessments had been carried out within the final 24 hours, bringing the overall variety of assessments carried out in Turkey to 55,464 for the reason that outbreak begun.

17: 10 GMT – Qatar confirms first coronavirus death

A girl carrying a protecting masks walks within the West Bay space in Doha. Qatar has imposed a series of measures to include the coronavirus outbreak, together with closing parks and public areas, and banning social gatherings [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

Qatar recorded its first death from the coronavirus, a Bangladeshi resident, and 28 more cases to take its complete to 590 infections, the well being ministry mentioned.

The 57-year-old Bangladeshi nationwide was affected by a earlier continual illness, state information company QNA reported.

Nearly all of cases in Qatar have been recognized amongst migrant labourers, and authorities have locked down a big part of an industrial zone the place many dwell and work.

The overall variety of confirmed coronavirus cases surged to 590, as 28 more folks examined optimistic, whereas 45 sufferers have up to now recovered and been discharged from hospitals for the reason that starting of the outbreak, the well being ministry mentioned.

17: 00 GMT – One other UK Cupboard member has COVID-19 signs

One other member of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Cupboard has developed signs of COVID-19.

Scottish Secretary Alister Jack mentioned he had signs of the illness and was self-isolating a day after the prime minister and Britain’s well being secretary revealed they examined optimistic for the virus and had been experiencing delicate signs.

Johnson, 55, is the highest-profile political chief to have contracted the virus. Jack sat beside him within the Home of Commons on Wednesday earlier than Parliament shut down till no less than April 21 to scale back the danger of infections.

16: 20 GMT – Coronavirus death toll in Italy’s Lombardy rises by round 542 in a day

An Italian Military officer, carrying a protecting swimsuit, walks past a military vehicle within the Monumental Cemetery in Bergamo, close to Milan [Emanuele Cremaschi/Getty Images]

The death toll from an outbreak of coronavirus within the northern area of Lombardy, which has borne the brunt of Italy’s contagion, has risen by round 542 in a day to some 5,944, a supply accustomed to the info mentioned.

The fatalities are broadly according to Friday’s tally of 541, which was the second highest for the reason that outbreak emerged on February 21.

The variety of cases within the area, which incorporates Italy’s financial capital Milan, elevated by some 2,117 to roughly 39,415, the supply mentioned.

The nationwide tally will likely be launched at round 6: 00 pm (17: 00 GMT). On Friday, the nationwide death toll stood at 9,134, the highest on the planet, with 2,409 new contaminated cases.

15: 45 GMT – Demise toll in US from COVID-19 rises to 1,709

An empty road is seen close to Chinatown in the course of the outbreak of the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) in Manhattan, New York City [Jeenah Moon/Reuters]

At the very least 410 folks in america died of the coronavirus within the final 24 hours, bringing the overall death toll to 1,709 within the nation, in response to knowledge from Johns Hopkins College.

The overall variety of cases within the US elevated by 18,848 within the final 24 hours, reaching 104,860 in complete. The nation is on top of the list of highest variety of cases all over the world, with the death toll and variety of cases quickly growing.

States worst hit by the outbreak are New York and New Jersey. Within the past 24 hours, 144 folks died in New York, 175 in Washington and 119 died in Louisiana.

Dr John Brooks of the US Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention warned that Individuals remained “within the acceleration part” of the pandemic and that every one corners of the nation are in danger.

“There is no geographic part of the United States that is spared from this,” he mentioned.

15: 05 GMT – Sri Lanka information first death

People keep a distance between one another as they stand in a line to purchase groceries at a grocery store as the federal government quickly lifted a curfew in Colombo, Sri Lanka [File: Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters]

Sri Lanka has recorded its first death as a result of coronavirus, its well being ministry mentioned.

The island nation of roughly 21 million has 110 contaminated cases. Thus far, all sufferers who test optimistic for COVID-19 are being handled on the Infectious Ailments Hospital (IDH) in Colombo.

14: 55 GMT – Germany: COVID-19 measures in place till April 20

The measures taken in Germany to stem the unfold of the coronavirus will proceed to stay efficient till no less than April 20, a minister mentioned.

Talking to German each day Tagesspiegel, Helge Braun, the top of the Chancellery and federal minister, mentioned the federal government’s top precedence is to not enable the blockage of the well being system.

“We are not going to alleviate the extreme measures until at least April 20. We will then re-negotiate the necessary steps to be taken for future,” Braun informed each day.

In response to knowledge compiled by the US-based John Hopkins College, more than 53,300 cases have been reported in Germany, with the death toll reaching 399 and over 6,600 recoveries.

14: 35 GMT – Russia to shut borders from March 30

A vendor carrying a protecting face masks waits for patrons at a neighborhood flea market, because the unfold of the coronavirus illness continues, in Omsk, Russia [Alexey Malgavko/Reuters]

Russia will shut its borders beginning on March 30 in a bid to curb the unfold of the coronavirus, a authorities order revealed on Saturday mentioned.

The measure will are available in force in any respect street, rail and pedestrian checkpoints, and apply to Russia’s maritime borders, the federal government mentioned.

It is not going to apply to Russian diplomats and the drivers of freight vehicles, amongst others.

The nation, which has already grounded all worldwide flights, has reported 1,264 coronavirus cases.

14: 25 GMT – Pakistan’s borders to stay sealed for an additional two weeks

Pakistan has mentioned its borders would stay closed for an additional two weeks, because the variety of folks contaminated with the coronavirus surpassed 1,400.  

The nation closed its borders with Iran, Afghanistan and India in the course of the past weeks. They are going to now keep shut for 14 more days, mentioned Moeed Yusuf, the particular assistant to the prime minister on nationwide safety.

14: 20 GMT – UK death toll passes 1,000

Views of Bournemouth Seashore Pier as a sign is seen on the pier saying ‘STAY AT HOME’ after crowds flocked to the seashore final weekend in Bournemouth, UK [Naomi Baker/Getty Images]

The UK mentioned 1,019 folks had died after testing optimistic for coronavirus by 17: 00 GMT on Friday, an increase of 260 in 24 hours.

The variety of folks testing optimistic for the virus was 17,089 as of 09: 00 GMT on Saturday, in contrast with an formally corrected variety of 14,543 on Friday.

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12: 40 GMT – Swiss death toll reaches 235

The Swiss death toll from coronavirus has reached 235, rising from 197 folks the day past, in response to the nation’s public well being ministry. 

The variety of confirmed cases additionally elevated to 13,213 from 12,161 on Friday, it mentioned. 

The Alpine nation of 8.6 million is deploying military medical items at hospitals to assist in disaster areas like Ticino, which borders hard-hit Italy, and has begun tapping its strategic stockpile of prescription drugs to cowl rising demand.

Well being staff on the Pourtales Hospital [Denis Balibouse/AFP]

12: 20 GMT – England ladies’s captain Hunter able to take pay lower

Sarah Hunter, captain of the England ladies’s rugby team, mentioned she is prepared to take a pay lower to ensure workers on the nation’s governing body don’t lose their jobs because of the coronavirus disaster.

“That little sacrifice and selflessness can go a long way,” Hunter, 28, informed BBC Sport. “I’d be willing to do that to make sure there’s still an RFU [Rugby Football Union] and people aren’t having to lose their jobs.” 

England’s RFU faces losses of as much as 50 million kilos ($62.3m) over the next year-and-a-half with global sport coming to a virtual standstill because of the pandemic.

11: 50 GMT – Jakarta extends state of emergency 

Ramping up its effort to curb the unfold of the coronavirus, Indonesia’s capital Jakarta introduced that the present state of emergency – imposed on March 20 – will likely be prolonged by two more weeks as a result of a rise within the variety of infections.

“We’re preparing ways to anticipate all possibilities that could happen in the city,” Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan informed reporters on a video convention name. “We implore people of Jakarta to not leave Jakarta, especially for their home towns.”

Indonesia confirmed 109 new coronavirus infections, taking the overall cases within the nation to 1,155, together with 102 deaths.

11: 30 GMT – US pre-approval for S Korean test kits

Three South Korean coronavirus test-kit makers have won preliminary approval from the US Meals and Drug Administration (FDA).

South Korea’s international ministry mentioned successful the preliminary approval below emergency use authorisation will enable the merchandise to be offered within the US.US President Donald Trump this week requested his South Korean counterpart, Moon Jae-in, to produce the medical units and promised to assist South Korean companies achieve US regulator approval.

Swiss agency Roche has additionally won Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA for its test kits.

11: 10 GMT – S African billionaire Motsepe donates $57m

South African billionaire businessman Patrice Motsepe mentioned he would donate one billion rands ($57m) to assist battle the coronavirus outbreak.

Motsepe, President Cyril Ramaphosa’s brother-in-law and head of funding agency African Rainbow Capital, informed a information convention the money can be channelled via the federal government to construct water, well being and schooling services.

10: 46 GMT – Spain experiences 832 deaths in 24 hours

The Spanish well being ministry introduced one other large jump within the nation’s coronavirus fatalities, saying the death toll had risen to five,690 from 4,858 the day earlier than.

The variety of infections stood at 72,248, up from 64,059.

10: 37 GMT – S Africa police fire rubber bullets: Report

South African police fired rubber bullets in the direction of a whole lot of buyers queueing outside a grocery store in Johannesburg as folks weren’t respecting social distancing measures, an AFP photographer mentioned.

Between 200 and 300 folks gathered outside a well-liked grocery retailer in Yeoville, in Johannesburg’s central business district on day two of a nationwide lockdown.

Cops implement social distancing making buyers stretch their arms in entrance of them to ensure that they’re no less than one metre other than each other [Marco Longari/AFP]

10: 10 GMT – Iran’s death toll rises to 2,517

The variety of coronavirus fatalities in Iran surged to 2,517 as well being officers introduced 139 new deaths over the past 24 hours. 

Kianoush Jahanpour, a well being ministry spokesperson, mentioned 3,076 folks had been confirmed to have contracted the virus, bringing the overall to 35,408. He added that more than 3,200 sufferers had been in essential situation. 

Nonetheless, there are additionally 546 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 within the final 24 hours, bringing the overall variety of recoveries to 11,679, in response to Jahanpour.

09: 45 GMT – Philippines and Malaysia report new cases

The Philippine well being ministry recorded 14 new coronavirus deaths and 272 extra cases, marking the nation’s single largest each day improve in fatalities and infections.

The most recent rely introduced complete infections within the Philippines to 1,075 and deaths to 68.

In the meantime, Malaysia, Southeast Asia’s worst-hit nation up to now, reported 159 new coronavirus cases, taking the overall to 2,320, together with 27 deaths.

09: 40 GMT – Eire could ease restrictions on April 12

Well being Minister Simon Harris mentioned Eire hopes to take away a few of its extremely restrictive measures if it will probably decelerate the rate of admission to intensive care items.

“Will we be in a position on April 12 where life in Ireland can return to normal? Absolutely not. Let’s be honest with each other, these are measures that we are going to need continue to work at,” Harris informed nationwide broadcaster RTE.

“Do we hope to be in a position in two weeks’ time to say that we’ve made progress and some of the measures can be tweaked, removed, changed? Absolutely.”

Eire is in full lockdown with nonessential journeys banned for 2 weeks. People are allowed out for temporary train, in addition to for farming functions and meals manufacturing. All public gatherings outside a family family or single unit have additionally now been prohibited.

09: 20 GMT – Variety of cases rises to 48,582 in Germany

The variety of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Germany rose by 6,294 in contrast with the day past whereas the death toll climbed by 55, the Robert Koch Institute reported. 

In complete, Germany has reported 48,582 infections and 325 deaths.

09: 10 GMT – Australia tightens social distancing guidelines 

Australia imposed stricter guidelines on social distancing because the variety of confirmed cases jumped by 469 to three,635, with the death toll of 14. 

The brand new measures embrace implementing fines, closing seashores and threatening stricter measures if folks defy pleas to remain at home.

As of midnight on Saturday, all returning residents from overseas will likely be put into obligatory quarantine in accommodations for 2 weeks on the authorities’s expense. Navy personnel will assist ensure travellers adjust to the brand new guidelines.

08: 50 GMT – Ghana publicizes lockdown in two key areas

In its newest effort to fight the unfold of coronavirus, Ghana will put below lockdown beginning on Monday folks residing within the nation’s two main areas: Better Accra Metropolitan Space and the Better Kumasi Metropolitan Space, together with contiguous districts for a interval of two weeks, mentioned President Nana Akufo-Ado.

Sweeping measures had been introduced because the nation reported 137 confirmed cases, together with 4 deaths.

Ghana has already closed colleges, suspended public occasions and banned massive gatherings.

08: 20 GMT – Pope Francis delivers extraordinary blessing 

Pope Francis has held a dramatic, solitary prayer service in St Peter’s Sq. of the Vatican, urging the world to see the coronavirus pandemic as a test of solidarity and a reminder of primary values.

Pope Francis delivers a rare blessing from an empty St Peter’s Sq. [Guglielmo Mangiapane/Reuters]

“Thick darkness has gathered over our squares, our streets and our cities,” he mentioned talking alone earlier than a sq. the place he usually attracts tens of hundreds of individuals.

“We have realised that we are in the same boat, all of us fragile and disoriented, but at the same time important and needed, all of us called to row together, each of us in need of comforting the other,” he mentioned.

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07: 50 GMT – Turkey publicizes stricter journey restrictions  

Turkey suspended all intercity trains and restricted home flights as a part of measures to include a fast-growing coronavirus outbreak, because the variety of cases jumped by a 3rd in a day to five,698, with 92 dead.

In a discover detailing the journey restrictions, the Inside Ministry mentioned all residents should stay within the cities they reside and would solely be allowed to depart with a physician’s be aware, within the event of the death of an in depth family member or in the event that they don’t have any lodging. 

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Women carrying protecting face masks and gloves stroll within the empty centre of Turkey’s capital Istanbul [Umit Bektas/Reuters]

07: 35 GMT – Thailand experiences new death, complete cases attain 1,245

Thailand confirmed 109 new coronavirus cases and one extra death, bringing the overall to 1,245 infections and 6 fatalities.

The brand new infections embrace 39 sufferers linked to earlier cases, 17 new cases deemed to be imported ones and 53 awaiting investigation, Anupong Sujariyakul, an knowledgeable in preventive drugs on the Illness Management Division, informed reporters.

The federal government urged folks to remain home and launched a state of emergency earlier this week, banning foreigners and shutting public services and companies in main cities till April 30.

07: 05 GMT – Tokyo experiences record each day improve in new cases

Sixty new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Japan’s capital, Tokyo, in response to nationwide broadcaster NHK.

都内で60人以上感染確認 1日の確認数として最多 新型コロナ

— NHKニュース (@nhk_news) March 28, 2020

The determine marks a record each day improve and comes amid a week-long rise within the variety of infections, which has prompted the nation to step up efforts to include the outbreak.

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike has requested residents within the capital and surrounding areas to keep away from nonessential, nonurgent outings till April 12.

06: 35 GMT – Iran’s well being system prepared for possible escalation in infections

Iran’s well being infrastructure is robust and prepared to deal with a possible escalation in coronavirus cases, President Hassan Rouhani mentioned on Saturday in feedback carried by state TV.

The Islamic republic is among the many countries worldwide severely affected by the pandemic.

In its newest tally, the nation reported a death toll of two,378 amid 32,332 infections. 

Well being officers examine body temperature of drivers and passengers on the entrance of Iran’s Tehran [Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu]

05: 40 GMT – Dozens of UN workers contaminated with coronavirus 

The United Nations says 86 workers members all over the world have reported cases of COVID-19.

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric mentioned a lot of the contaminated workers members had been in Europe, however there are additionally staffers in Africa, Asia, the Center East and america which have the coronavirus.

04: 50 GMT – Nuclear weapons convention postponed – UN

The 191 events to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty have determined to postpone a convention to evaluate its implementation due to the coronavirus pandemic, in response to the Related Press information company.

The treaty is taken into account the cornerstone of global efforts to forestall the unfold of nuclear weapons, and the events maintain a serious convention each 5 years to debate how it’s working. The assembly had been scheduled for April 27-Could 22 on the United Nations headquarters in New York.

03: 44 GMT – WHO sending two million protecting gadgets for healthcare staff

At the very least two million gadgets of protecting gear have been despatched to 74 countries which want it essentially the most to battle the coronavirus, World Well being Group chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus mentioned.

He additionally mentioned the WHO was getting ready to ship the same quantity of protecting gear to a different 60 countries.

“Even more is needed and this can only be solved with international cooperation and solidarity,” he wrote on social media.

03: 20 GMT – Tokyo restricts motion to fight virus however some keep it up as typical

Residents in higher Tokyo and the Osaka space in western Japan hunkered down on Saturday as officers urged residents to remain indoors to forestall a possible emergency, however some had been carrying on as regular, in response to Reuters information company.

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike’s plea for the tens of millions of individuals within the capital and surrounding areas to keep away from non-essential, non-urgent outings till April 12, and significantly this weekend, adopted a surge in coronavirus infections this week, which she mentioned places Tokyo on the point of a state of emergency.

Koike urged the public to keep away from the nationwide pastime of congregating to drink and watch the cherry blossoms as they hit their peak within the capital, saying on Friday, “The cherry blossoms will bloom again next year.”

02: 08 GMT – South Korea experiences 146 more cases

South Korea has reported 146 more cases of the brand new coronavirus within the nation, bringing the overall to 9,478.

As of Friday, there have been no less than 139 deaths reported within the nation.

02: 02 GMT – Haiti hospital chief kidnapped amid coronavirus emergency

The director of one among Haiti’s top hospitals has been kidnapped, prompting workers to refuse to absorb new sufferers in protest because the impoverished nation battles an outbreak of the novel coronavirus amid a spike in gang violence.

Dr Jerry Bitar, a surgeon, was kidnapped shortly after leaving for work at Hospital Bernard Mevs from his home in an upmarket neighbourhood of the capital, Port-au-Prince, hospital workers informed Reuters on Friday.

People line up for nationwide identification cards at a authorities office earlier than it probably closes amid measures to include the unfold of the brand new coronavirus in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on March 24. [Dieu Nalio Chery/AP]

01: 42 GMT – Brunei experiences first coronavirus death 

Brunei reported its first coronavirus death on Saturday, that of a 64-year-old man.

Brunei has reported 115 cases of the virus up to now, a few of which had been linked to a non secular gathering in Malaysia that authorities mentioned had been attended by about 16,000 folks.

The person who died had not attended the gathering, however had a history of journey to Malaysia and Cambodia.

01: 42 GMT – Greater than 9,000 well being staff contaminated in Spain 

The overall variety of confirmed COVID-19 infections in Spain has elevated by nearly 8,000 in sooner or later, pushing the overall variety of cases to 65,700, amongst whom 9,444 are well being staff, in response to official knowledge and the Johns Hopkins online monitor.

The Spanish Well being Ministry mentioned that the variety of contaminated well being staff within the nation currently ranks because the highest on the planet. Spain has had more than 5,000 fatalities.

01: 35 GMT – Mexico experiences 717 cases, 12 deaths 

Mexico’s well being ministry has introduced that it has registered 717 cases of coronavirus within the nation, up from 585 the day earlier than.

The ministry additionally mentioned there had been 12 deaths general from the virus in Mexico, up from eight a day earlier.

01: 25 GMT – China experiences 54 new cases – all imported

China’s National Well being Fee mentioned on Saturday that 54 new coronavirus cases had been reported on the mainland on Friday, all involving so-called imported cases. There have been 55 new cases a day earlier, one among which was transmitted domestically.

The overall variety of infections in mainland China now stands at 81,394, with the death toll rising by three to three,295, the fee mentioned.

00: 45 GMT – US FDA clears new coronavirus speedy test

The USA Meals and Drug Administration has cleared a brand new speedy test from Abbott Laboratories, which the corporate says can detect the coronavirus in about 5 minutes.

Medical machine maker Abbott introduced the emergency clearance of its cartridge-based test on Friday night time. The corporate says that its test delivers a unfavorable result in 13 minutes when the virus will not be detected.

Improvised hospital rooms are seen at a conference centre, which has been partially transformed right into a hospital, in New York. [Jeenah Moon/Reuters]

00: 25 GMT – Jordan experiences first COVID-19 death

Jordan’s state-run information company, Petra, has reported {that a} lady in her 80s died from COVID-19 – the first fatality within the nation. Jordan TV reported the lady had underlying medical situations.

There have been 235 confirmed COVID-19 cases within the kingdom. On March 21, Jordan imposed an indefinite full lockdown after it had shut down its airspace and different border crossings.

00: 15 GMT – US medical doctors decry shortage of medicine and equipment

Medical doctors and nurses on the frontlines of the US coronavirus disaster are pleading for more protecting gear and equipment to deal with waves of sufferers anticipated to overwhelm hospitals because the variety of recognized US infections surpasses 100,000, with more than 1,600 dead.

“We are scared,” Dr Arabia Mollette of Brookdale College Hospital and Medical Heart in Brooklyn, New York, informed Reuters information company. “We’re trying to fight for everyone else’s life, but we also fight for our lives as well, because we’re also at the highest risk of exposure.”

Physicians have referred to as specific consideration to the determined want for extra ventilators, machines that assist sufferers breathe and which might be broadly wanted for these affected by COVID-19, the respiratory ailment brought on by the extremely contagious and lethal virus.

00: 01 GMT – Cruise ship with coronavirus outbreak blocked from transiting Panama Canal

Panamanian well being officers have blocked Holland America Line’s MS Zaandam from transiting the Panama Canal, citing sanitary situations after a coronavirus outbreak on board the cruise ship. 

4 passengers have died on board, with more than 130 others affected by influenza-like signs. At the very least two of them have the coronavirus, the vessel’s operator mentioned.

The ship is carrying 1,243 company and 586 crew, in addition to 4 medical doctors and 4 nurses, the cruise operator mentioned in a press release.

22: 30 GMT Friday – Trump says US will make 100,000 ventilators in 100 days

US President Donald Trump mentioned on Friday that the US would produce 100,000 ventilators in 100 days and mentioned he had named White Home aide Peter Navarro because the coordinator of the Protection Manufacturing Act.

“We’re going to make a lot of ventilators,” Trump mentioned, pledging to care for US wants whereas additionally serving to different countries.

Trump mentioned there was a chance the US wouldn’t require that many ventilators to battle the coronavirus outbreak, and would then assist different countries in want.

I am Ted Regencia in Kuala Lumpur with Al Jazeera’s persevering with protection of the coronavirus pandemic.

Learn all of the updates from yesterday (March 27) right here.

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