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US seen to overtake Italy in coronavirus deaths: Live updates


The USA has recorded a complete death toll of 20,071, surpassing Italy’s death toll of 19,468.

Circumstances in the US topped 522,000 on Saturday.

Spain, the European nation with essentially the most reported coronavirus infections, has confirmed 510 new deaths, the bottom each day toll since March 23, when the World Well being Group (WHO) declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic.


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The worldwide death toll is now more than 107,000, with the variety of infections worldwide topping 1.7 million, together with more than 396,000 recovered sufferers.

Listed below are the most recent updates.

Saturday, April 11

20: 55 GMT – One month since coronavirus declared pandemic: 5 issues to know

It has been one month for the reason that WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic.

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20: 45 GMT – Pentagon awarding contract to enhance N95 masks manufacturing

The Pentagon mentioned it’s utilizing its authority beneath the Protection Manufacturing Act to enhance the provision of N95 masks.

The American military will spend $133m to enhance US home N95 masks manufacturing by over 39 million over the next 90 days, Lieutenant Colonel Mike Andrews mentioned in a press release.

That is the first time the Pentagon is utilizing the Korean Warfare-era regulation to tackle coronavirus wants after it won approval late on Friday from a White Home taskforce.

20: 35 GMT – US death toll passes 20,000

The US surpassed Italy for the highest variety of coronavirus-related deaths in the world, reporting 20,071 fatalities, in accordance to a Johns Hopkins College tally.

The grim milestone was reached because the nation reported more than 500,000 instances and President Donald Trump mulled over when the nation may even see a return to normality.

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19: 15 GMT – UK launches campaign to assist abuse victims throughout lockdown

The UK launched a campaign to assist home violence victims throughout the lockdown following a rise in the variety of individuals searching for help.

House Secretary Priti Patel mentioned the federal government will bolster online assist companies and hotlines for home violence and launched a nationwide communications campaign that goals to “signpost victims” to the place they will entry assist.

Patel famous that final week the UK’s nationwide home violence hotline reported a 120 percent enhance in the variety of calls it obtained in 24 hours.

19: 10 GMT – ‘We want meals’: Tunisians battle beneath lockdown

Tensions rise in Tunisia as individuals battle to deal with starvation and unemployment amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Examine it right here.

On this file photograph from March 30, Tunisian residents gathered to protest towards the lockdown and to declare the financial support [File: Fethi Belaid/AFP]

18: 37 GMT – France experiences fall in deaths

France reported a decrease each day death toll, declaring a “plateau” was reached, albeit at a really excessive degree.

High French well being official Jerome Salomon mentioned 353 more individuals had died in hospitals and 290 in nursing houses, bringing the overall death toll to 13,832.

A day earlier, 554 had died in hospitals and 433 in nursing houses.

“A very high plateau for the epidemic appears to have been reached but the epidemic remains very active,” he informed reporters. “We must absolutely remain vigilant.”

France on Saturday declared {that a} ‘plateau’ had been reached, albeit at a really excessive degree [Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters]

17: 45 GMT – US surpasses Italy as worst-hit nation

The US recorded a complete death toll of 19,882, surpassing Italy in the variety of fatalities from the coronavirus.

Italy has a complete death toll of 19,468.

With more than 514,000 confirmed instances, the US has the highest variety of coronavirus infections in the world.

Within the hardest-hit state of New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo mentioned 783 more individuals died, elevating the overall variety of deaths in the state to 8,600.

17: 33 GMT –  Italy data 619 more deaths

Italy recorded 619 more deaths in a day, bringing the nation’s complete death toll to 19,468.

The whole variety of infections in Italy surpassed 150,000, the Italian Civil Safety Company reported.

17: 20 GMT – Belarus enters ‘regarding’ new section: WHO official

A WHO official urged Belarus to impose new measures to include the coronavirus, involved that the outbreak has entered a worrying “new phase” in the nation.

Patrick O’Connor, who led a WHO delegation on a go to to Belarus this week mentioned the virus had begun spreading via communities in the capital Minsk and in different components of the nation.

“Belarus is entering a new phase in the evolution of the outbreak,” he informed a information convention in Minsk.

Belarus has up to now recorded 2,226 instances and 23 coronavirus-related deaths.

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17: 08 GMT – Circumstances in Canada attain 22,559 with 600 deaths

Canada confirmed 1,316 new coronavirus instances, elevating the overall toll to 22,559, in accordance to information by the nation’s Public Well being Company.

It recorded 69 more deaths, taking the overall death toll to 600.


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17: 02 GMT – Coronavirus struggle a marathon, prime British physician says

The struggle towards the coronavirus is a marathon, not a dash, and lifting the lockdown might contain medicine and never simply vaccines, Stephen Powis, the medical director of the UK’s National Well being Service mentioned.

“There is no magical solution that doesn’t require difficult decisions,” Powis mentioned. “This was never going to be a sprint over a few weeks; this is going to be longer, it is going to be a marathon.”

17: 00 GMT – Turkey’s death toll rises by 95 to 1,101

Turkey recorded 95 deaths, elevating the overall death toll to 1,101 with 5,138 new coronavirus instances confirmed, in accordance to Turkey’s well being minister.

Turkey’s complete variety of coronavirus instances now stands at 52,167.

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16: 55 GMT – Paedophiles searching for to exploit kids online in disaster, UK says

Paedophiles are searching for to exploit the truth that kids are more and more going online to meet pals and do college classes on their computer systems throughout the coronavirus disaster, UK’s House Secretary Priti Patel mentioned.

16: 50 GMT – UK minister ‘sorry’ for front-line PPE failings

UK House Secretary Priti Patel mentioned she was sorry if well being staff felt there had been failings to get private protecting equipment (PPE) to the entrance line.

Docs and nurses have complained that there have been PPE shortages for frontline workers and when requested instantly if she would apologise for this, Patel mentioned. “I am sorry if people feel there have been failings.”

“It is inevitable that the demand and pressures on PPE and the demand for PPE are going to be exponential, they are going to be incredibly high,” she mentioned.

15: 24 GMT – US experiences highest each day death toll

The US grew to become the first nation to report more than 2,000 coronavirus deaths in a day.

It recorded 2,108 deaths, pushing the overall death toll to 18,781. The US will soon overtake Italy, which has a death toll of 18,849.

Circumstances in the US surpassed 501,000.

A pastor is seen on the Inexperienced-Wooden Cemetery in the Brooklyn borough of New York City [Jeenah Moon/Reuters]

15: 05 GMT – Netherlands requires software program proposals

The Dutch authorities issued a name for proposals to develop smartphone apps or software program that could possibly be used to battle the coronavirus outbreak.

In a press release, the well being ministry introduced it was searching for proposals on how to conduct “contract tracing” of people that might have been uncovered to the virus whereas sustaining particular person privateness.

The deadline is midday on April 14.

14: 35 GMT – Singapore experiences 191 new instances

Singapore’s well being ministry confirmed 191 new coronavirus instances, rising the overall variety of infections to 2,299.

14: 30 GMT – UK deaths close to 10,000

The UK recorded 917 deaths in the final 24 hours, authorities mentioned, elevating the overall death toll to 9,875.

“269,598 people have been tested of which 78,991 tested positive,” the Division of Well being reported.

Learn more right here.

14: 06 GMT – NYC public colleges stay closed for remainder of college 12 months

New York City Mayor Invoice de Blasio mentioned public colleges will stay closed for the remainder of the varsity 12 months.

De Blasio ordered public colleges closed from March 16 to curb the unfold of the coronavirus, with an preliminary goal of reopening by April 20. However he mentioned it soon grew to become clear that goal was unrealistic as New York City has emerged as a significant coronavirus hotspot.

Jane Hassebroek, 13, attends digital lessons in Brooklyn, New York City [Caitlin Ochs/Reuters]


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12: 40 GMT – Professional: Vaccine could possibly be prepared in six months 

A vaccine for the coronavirus could possibly be prepared by September, Sarah Gilbert, a professor of vaccinology at Oxford College informed the Instances newspaper.

Gilbert’s team is without doubt one of the many worldwide engaged on a vaccine. She informed the newspaper she is “80 percent” sure the vaccine her team is creating could possibly be efficient and will presumably be prepared by September.

Scientists have beforehand mentioned a coronavirus vaccine would doubtless take 12 to 18 months. 

12: 20 GMT – UK PM making superb progress in recovery, office says

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is making “very good progress” in his recovery from COVID-19, his office has mentioned.

Johnson was moved out of intensive care after three nights on Thursday and Downing Road mentioned on Friday he had managed to start strolling, though his recovery was at an early stage.

“The prime minister continues to make very good progress,” a Downing Road spokeswoman mentioned. 

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is making progress in recovery, his office mentioned [Matt Dunham/The Associated Press]

12: 05 GMT – Dutch instances rise by 1,316 to 24,413

The variety of confirmed coronavirus instances in the Netherlands rose by 1,316 on Saturday to 24,413, well being authorities mentioned, with 132 new deaths.

The nation’s cumulative death toll is 2,643, the Netherlands’ National Institute for Well being (RIVM) mentioned in its each day replace.

11: 50 GMT – Austrian rail firm to put 10,000 staff on short-time work

Austria’s state rail operator OBB is placing up to 10,000 staff, a few quarter of its workers, on short-time work due to the coronavirus, radio station ORF has reported.

“Short-time working has started with OBB as of April 1, while corresponding agreements between the works council and the management of the respective companies are in progress or have been concluded,” an OBB spokesman informed Reuters information company.

The variety of 10,000 staff going into short-time work is a preliminary estimate, he mentioned. The spokesman mentioned the measures had been launched due to a large discount in passenger numbers for the reason that coronavirus outbreak.

11: 30 GMT – Switzerland death toll rises to 831

The Swiss death toll from the brand new coronavirus has reached 831, the nation’s public well being ministry has mentioned, rising from 805 individuals on Friday.

The variety of confirmed instances additionally elevated to 24,900 from 24,308, it mentioned.

11: 15 GMT – Belarus football continues amid virus anxiousness and empty stands

Belarus is the one nation in Europe nonetheless enjoying football amid the coronavirus pandemic, however a rising variety of fans are boycotting league matches, anxious about catching the an infection. 

The Belarus football federation initially defined its decision to proceed as a result of solely a small variety of coronavirus instances had been recorded in the jap European nation, however more lately they’ve declined comment. Belarus has reported 2,226 instances, with 23 deaths.

10: 50 GMT – Armenia extends state of emergency to stem coronavirus outbreak

Armenia has prolonged by one other 30 days the state of emergency it declared final month to curb the unfold of the novel coronavirus, which has up to now contaminated almost 1,000 individuals.

Armenia has closed academic establishments, halted all public transportation and barred foreigners from coming into. The former Soviet nation, which has a population of three million, has additionally mentioned it can postpone a referendum on changes to the Constitutional Courtroom till after the emergency.

The decision to prolong the state of emergency, introduced by Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, is predicted to be formally accepted by parliament next week. Pashinyan mentioned sure business actions, together with fishing, agriculture and cigarette manufacturing, would nonetheless be allowed regardless of the state of emergency. The nation has recorded 966 infections, with 13 deaths.

10: 35 GMT – Iran says complete variety of contaminated reaches 70,029

Iran’s complete death toll from the brand new coronavirus outbreak has risen to 4,357, with 125 individuals having misplaced their lives in the past 24 hours, the well being ministry mentioned.

The whole variety of individuals identified with the illness rose by 1,837 in the past 24 hours to a complete of 70,029, ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpur mentioned on state TV, with 3,987 of these contaminated in essential situation.

Iran is the nation most affected by the pandemic in the Center East.


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10: 20 GMT – India to prolong lockdown: Delhi state chief minister

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has determined to prolong a nationwide lockdown to deal with the unfold of the coronavirus, the Delhi state’s chief minister has mentioned, with out saying how lengthy the extension can be for.

Modi earlier in the day held a video convention name with a number of state ministers. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal mentioned Modi had “taken [a] correct decision to extend [the] lockdown”, with out sharing additional particulars.

“If it is stopped now, all gains would be lost. To consolidate, it is imp [important] to extend it,” Kejriwal mentioned on Twitter.

India’s 21-day lockdown ends on Tuesday however a number of states had urged Modi to prolong it, whilst issues have risen that the shutdown has put millions of poor individuals out of labor and compelled an exodus of migrant staff from cities to villages.

10: 15 GMT – WHO says wanting into experiences of some sufferers testing optimistic once more 

The WHO has mentioned that it was wanting into experiences of some COVID-19 sufferers testing optimistic once more after initially testing damaging for the illness whereas being thought of for discharge.

South Korean officers on Friday reported 91 sufferers thought cleared of the brand new coronavirus had examined optimistic once more. Jeong Eun-kyeong, director of the Korea Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, informed a briefing that the virus might have been “reactivated” slightly than the sufferers being re-infected. 

The Geneva-based WHO, requested concerning the report from Seoul, informed Reuters information company in a short assertion: “We are aware of these reports of individuals who have tested negative for COVID-19 using PCR [polymerase chain reaction] testing and then after some days testing positive again. We are closely liaising with our clinical experts and working hard to get more information on those individual cases,” it mentioned.

10: 00 GMT – Virus spreads at main Kazakh oilfield’s employee camp

Ten individuals have examined optimistic for the novel coronavirus at one of many employee camps situated next to the large Tengiz oilfield in Kazakhstan, the Kazakh authorities have mentioned.

The Chevron-led consortium operating Tengiz, the Central Asian nation’s primary oil producer, was not instantly obtainable for comment on Saturday. Nevertheless, the corporate, Tengizchevroil, mentioned this week it had taken measures to ensure the safety of staff on the location and keep away from output disruptions.

Tengizchevroil made the comment in an electronic mail to Reuters information company on April 9 after the first case was confirmed at a 2,000-bed camp in the so-called rotational village the place staff of the corporate and its contractors keep throughout their weeks-long shifts. On Saturday, the Kazakh authorities mentioned that after tracing the contacts of the first contaminated particular person, 9 more individuals have been identified with the identical illness.

In accordance to the consortium, the camp has been locked down and staff can enter the Tengiz discipline itself solely after being quarantined for 14 days. 

09: 45 GMT – Spain data 510 new deaths, persevering with downward pattern

Spain, the European nation with essentially the most reported coronavirus infections, has confirmed 510 new deaths, the bottom each day toll since March 23.

The death toll in Spain now stands at 16,353, whereas the nation on Saturday added 4,830 new instances, persevering with a downward pattern and bringing the nation’s complete to 161,852 instances.

Medical workers from Gregorio Maranon hospital react as neighbours applaud from their houses in assist of healthcare staff in Madrid, Spain [Susana Vera/Reuters]

09: 30 GMT – Philippines experiences 26 more deaths, 233 new infections

The Philippines has reported 26 more coronavirus-related deaths, taking the overall to 247.

It additionally confirmed 233 new infections for a tally of 4,428. Seventeen more sufferers have recovered, the well being ministry mentioned in a bulletin, bringing the variety of recoveries to 157.

09: 20 GMT – Malaysia experiences 184 new  instances, death toll rises to 73 

Malaysian well being authorities have reported 184 further confirmed instances of the brand new coronavirus, elevating the cumulative tally to 4,530, the highest quantity for any nation in Southeast Asia.

The most recent information consists of three more deaths, elevating complete fatalities from the outbreak to 73.

The ministry mentioned 44 percent of all confirmed instances have recovered.

09: 15 GMT – Indonesia experiences 330 new instances, 21 deaths

Indonesia has confirmed 330 new coronavirus infections, taking its tally to 3,842, well being ministry official Achmad Yurianto mentioned.

It additionally confirmed 21 virus-related deaths, taking the overall to 327, Yurianto informed a televised information convention.


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09: 00 GMT – Taiwan, WHO spar once more over coronavirus data sharing

Rigidity has flared once more as Taiwan accused the WHO of enjoying phrase games in a dispute over particulars it sought in an electronic mail querying if the brand new coronavirus could possibly be transmitted between individuals.

Final month, Taiwan, who’s blocked from membership in worldwide organisations by China, mentioned it had obtained no reply from the WHO to a December 31 question for data on the outbreak in Wuhan, together with whether or not it could possibly be transmitted between individuals. 

In Taipei on Saturday, Well being Minister Chen Shih-chung quoted the textual content of the December 31 electronic mail written in English that the federal government despatched to the WHO asking for the organisation to share “relevant information” about atypical instances of pneumonia reported in Wuhan.

In a press release despatched to Reuters information company on Saturday, the WHO mentioned, “We have asked how they communicated this to us, because we are only aware of that one email that makes no mention of human-to-human transmission, but they haven’t replied.”

08: 45 GMT – Rouhani urges Iranians to respect well being protocols as curbs ease

President Hassan Rouhani urged Iranians to respect well being protocols as “low-risk” financial actions resumed in a lot of the nation on Saturday, state information company IRNA reported.

So-called low-risk companies will resume throughout the nation from Saturday excluding the capital Tehran, the place they’ll restart from April 18. Iran is the Center Japanese nation worst-affected by the brand new coronavirus.

“Easing restrictions does not mean ignoring health protocols … social distancing and other health protocols should be respected seriously by people,” Rouhani was quoted as saying.

Iran’s authorities spokesman Ali Rabeie was additionally quoted as saying that “in case of long-term shutdown, some 4 million people could be out of work”, IRNA reported.

08: 35 GMT – Russia experiences 1,667 new instances

Russia has reported 1,667 new coronavirus instances, bringing the nationwide tally of confirmed instances to 13,584.

The variety of COVID-19 deaths in the nation rose by 12 to 106, the Russian coronavirus disaster response centre mentioned.

08: 25 GMT – Japan PM requires nightlife self-restraint

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has known as for residents throughout Japan to keep away from night spots like bars and eating places, nationwide broadcaster NHK reported, in a ratcheting of social distancing steering to struggle the unfold of the coronavirus.

The nationwide name for residents to keep home in the evenings follows the declaration of a state of emergency in Tokyo and 6 different prefectures final week.

Abe has been steadily tightening steering, searching for to reduce the influence on the economy as it’s hammered by the pandemic, main to criticism that he has been too gradual to act and dangers having the virus unfold uncontrolled. Tokyo, the present centre of Japan’s coronavirus outbreak, recognized more than 190 new coronavirus instances on Saturday, topping Friday’s record excessive of 189 instances, NHK mentioned.

Lower than standard pedestrians cross the Shibuya crossing after the federal government introduced the state of emergency for the capital following the coronavirus outbreak in Tokyo, Japan [Issei Kato/Reuters]

08: 15 GMT – VOA pushes again towards White Home ‘propaganda’ criticism

Publicly-funded US broadcaster Voice of America has pushed again on criticism from the White Home that it’s selling Chinese language “foreign propaganda” on the coronavirus pandemic.

In a press release on Friday, President Donald Trump’s administration claimed VOA pushed Beijing’s message by tweeting a video of celebrations on the finish of Wuhan’s quarantine measures, and noting the US had surpassed China’s death toll.

VOA director Amanda Bennet pushed again on the criticism – whereas not mentioning the Trump administration – noting that the broadcaster had reported on China’s efforts to initially conceal the coronavirus outbreak.

“VOA has thoroughly debunked much of the information coming from the Chinese government and government-controlled media,” she mentioned in a press release.

08: 00 GMT – Bangladesh extends coronavirus lockdown

In South Asia’s newest strikes to curb the coronavirus pandemic, Bangladesh has prolonged its nationwide lockdown by 11 days whereas Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will maintain talks on Saturday with states to determine whether or not to prolong its personal stringent restrictions past next week.

In Bangladesh, the military has been deployed throughout the nation to implement social distancing measures. The federal government late on Friday prolonged the nationwide lockdown to April 25 because the variety of confirmed instances rose to 424, with 27 deaths.

India started a nationwide lockdown on March 25.

Indian migrant staff, each day wagers, labourers and homeless individuals watch for meals outside a government-run shelter, as India stays beneath an unprecedented lockdown over the extremely contagious coronavirus [Getty Images]

07: 50 GMT – Dying death toll passes 1,000 in Brazil

Brazil, the hardest-hit Latin American nation in the coronavirus pandemic, has handed the mark of 1,000 deaths, the well being ministry mentioned.
The ministry’s newest figures gave a toll of 19,638 confirmed COVID-19 instances, with 1,056 deaths – one fewer than it had indicated in an preliminary tally earlier in the day on Friday.
Well being officers are bracing for issues to worsen. Specialists predict the outbreak will solely start to peak in Brazil towards late April.

07: 30 GMT – Pakistan death toll rises to 71

Pakistan’s death toll from the brand new coronavirus has risen to 71 after 5 more sufferers misplaced their lives in the final 24 hours, well being authorities have mentioned.

The whole variety of confirmed instances surged to 4,788 with 190 new instances reported, in accordance to the Well being Ministry. The ministry mentioned 50 of sufferers are in essential situation, whereas 762 individuals recovered throughout the nation. The northeastern Punjab province, which accounts for more than half of the nation’s population, is the worst-hit space in Pakistan with 2,336 instances.

A well being employee takes the temperature of a person who returned from Iran and is beneath medical commentary on the border post in Taftan, Pakistan in February [Naseer Ahmed/Reuters]

07: 15 GMT – Brazil’s Bolsonaro once more disregards precautions

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has as soon as once more prompted a stir by disregarding his authorities’s personal suggestions on social distancing throughout the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Bolsonaro’s son Eduardo tweeted a video exhibiting his father visiting a bakery in the capital Brasilia on Thursday night.  
Within the video, the right-wing president might be seen consuming, ingesting and being photographed with a number of individuals standing proper next to him. Whereas a few of these in the movie are sporting face masks, Bolsonaro isn’t.  
Beneath native restrictions to stem the pandemic, bakeries in the capital are currently solely allowed to promote their merchandise for take-out, the information portal G1 mentioned.

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07: 00 GMT – African neighborhood focused in China virus crackdown

Africans in southern China’s largest metropolis say they’ve develop into targets of suspicion and subjected to compelled evictions, arbitrary quarantines and mass coronavirus testing because the nation steps up its struggle towards imported infections.

China says it has largely curbed its COVID-19 outbreak however a latest cluster of instances linked to the Nigerian neighborhood in Guangzhou sparked the alleged discrimination by locals and virus prevention officers.

Native authorities in the commercial centre of 15 million mentioned no less than eight individuals identified with the sickness had frolicked in town’s Yuexiu district, often known as “Little Africa”. 5 had been Nigerian nationals who confronted widespread anger after experiences surfaced that they’d damaged a compulsory quarantine and been to eight eating places and different public locations as a substitute of staying home.

Africans in Guangzhou say they’ve been focused in crackdown [Fred Dufour/AFP]

As a result, almost 2,000 individuals they got here into contact with had to be examined for COVID-19 or bear quarantine, state media mentioned. A number of Africans informed the AFP information company they’d since been forcibly evicted from their houses and turned away by lodges.

“I’ve been sleeping under the bridge for four days with no food to eat… I cannot buy food anywhere, no shops or restaurants will serve me,” mentioned Tony Mathias, an change student from Uganda who was compelled from his condominium on Monday. “We’re like beggars on the street.”


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06: 45 GMT – Italy’s migrants residing via an emergency inside an emergency

It used to be an enormous complicated of illegally built condominium blocks and vacation houses on the Mediterranean, as we speak, Castel Volturno is a run-down no-man’s-land in the southern Campania area.

The city counts about 25,000 inhabitants, of whom 5,000 are registered migrants, and an estimated 15,000 are undocumented, largely hailing from West African countries together with Nigeria and Ghana, say officers.

Assist group representatives operating right here have joined the city’s mayor in warning a few “ticking bomb” and a “bubble of desperation” prepared to burst as individuals now beneath lockdown are prevented from incomes their standard each day residing.

With no stable help programme, the population right here dangers falling sufferer to starvation due to the virus.

Learn more right here. 

A migrant resident of Castel Volturno ties himself to a lamp-post, reenacting the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, as a protest towards the circumstances endured by migrants in the realm [Giovanni Izzo/Al Jazeera]

06: 30 GMT – Florida nursing houses ask for lawsuit safety: Report

Florida’s largest nursing home organisation has a despatched a letter to Governor Ron DeSantis asking for sweeping protections from authorized claims associated to the coronavirus outbreak, in accordance to a report by Buzzfeed information.

In a letter to the governor, the trade group’s government director wrote that in order for nursing houses and healthcare staff to present the most effective care, “it is imperative that health care facilities and health care professionals are protected from liability that may result from treating individuals with COVID-19 under the conditions associated with this public health emergency”.

The request is without doubt one of the first of its sort in the US, in accordance to the information website.

05: 45 GMT – Professional wrestlers in US grapple with lockdown

The outdated adage insists that, in leisure circles, “the show must go on”. However what if it can’t?

It’s a quandary dealing with many entertainers as padlocks are placed on stadium gates, stage doorways, and film house entrances due to the coronavirus pandemic. The ban on giant public gatherings in the curiosity of bodily distancing has decimated the trade, together with the US’s pro-wrestling scene.

Kaci Lennox, an up-and-coming expertise who performs in wrestling shows throughout Florida, is feeling the ache first-hand.

The 27-year-old informed Al Jazeera: “A lot of us depend on wrestling to pay our bills. Some people just don’t have money saved up.”

Learn more right here. 

Natalya and Lacey Evans battle it out in WWE’s Crown Jewel event at King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh, Saudia Arabia. [File: Ahmed Yosri/Reuters]

05: 20 GMT -Vietnamese airways to resume home flights from Thursday

Vietnam’s Bamboo Airways and VietJet Air will resume home flights from Thursday after the expiry of a authorities order for 15 days of bodily distancing, the businesses mentioned.

From late March, Vietnam ordered curbs on home flights and adopted bodily distancing nationwide to curb the unfold of the coronavirus, which has contaminated 257 individuals, though none have died.

“The Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City route will be resumed from April 16, while other routes will be back to operation from April 20,” Bamboo Airways mentioned in a press release.

Finances service VietJet Air additionally introduced it was resuming flying on home routes from Thursday however suggested clients it had solely an anticipated schedule that could be topic to change.

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05: 08 GMT – South Korea to use digital wristbands to monitor instances

In a controversial step, South Korea’s authorities has introduced that it’ll strap digital wristbands on individuals who defy self-quarantine orders because it tightens monitoring to gradual the unfold of the brand new coronavirus.

Senior Well being Ministry official Yoon Tae-ho on Saturday acknowledged the privateness and civil liberty issues surrounding the bands, which might be enforced via police and native administrative officers after two weeks of preparation and manufacturing, the Related Press (AP) information company reported.

However he mentioned authorities want more efficient monitoring tools as a result of the variety of individuals positioned beneath self-quarantine has ballooned after the nation started imposing 14-day quarantines on all passengers arriving from overseas on April 1 amid worsening outbreaks in Europe and the US.

04: 40 GMT – Thailand experiences two new coronavirus deaths, 45 new instances

Thailand has introduced two new coronavirus-linked deaths, bringing to 35 the overall variety of deaths in the nation.

The federal government additionally mentioned that 45 new instances have been detected, making the overall variety of instances 2,518, of which 1,135 have been discharged.

03: 56 GMT – With social distance, California’s coronavirus forecast brightens

California’s prime public well being official has mentioned for the first time that the coronavirus won’t be as devastating as state officers had feared, and Governor Gavin Newsom revealed his administration is now planning for how to reopen the state, AP reported.

However with Easter Sunday and sunny weather on the horizon, Newsom implored individuals to avoid others to not undo the numerous progress beneath his stay-at-home order. Throughout California, native authorities officers closed streets, parks and different public areas to deter individuals from gathering.

03: 14 GMT – Uruguay transports Australians, New Zealanders from virus-hit ship

Greg Mortimer passengers board an plane for his or her repatriation to Australia and New Zealand [Mariana Greif/Reuters]

Uruguay has began to repatriate 112 Australians and New Zealanders from a cruise ship hit by coronavirus and stranded in the La Plata River close to the capital, Montevideo, since March 27, the federal government mentioned.

The operation started in the night when the Greg Mortimer, an Antarctic cruise ship operated by Aurora Expeditions, docked in the port of Montevideo.

The passengers are scheduled to board a Melbourne-bound constitution flight in the early hours of Saturday. Two Australian passengers couldn’t be transported due to their poor situation, Uruguay’s International Minister Ernesto Talvi mentioned.

02: 36 GMT – New York deaths jump by 777, however new hospitalisations down

Firefighters and members of the public applaud medical staff in New York City [Caitlin Ochs/Reuters]

Coronavirus deaths in the US state of New York jumped by 777 in someday, because the variety of individuals hospitalised stayed comparatively flat, in accordance to AP.

Greater than 3,000 deaths have been recorded since Monday, bringing the statewide rely to 7,844.

The variety of hospitalisations elevated by 290, in contrast to each day will increase of more than 1,000 final week. The variety of intensive care sufferers additionally decreased barely for the first time since mid-March.

02: 15 GMT – Ecuador publicizes social measures to tackle pandemic

Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno has introduced the creation of a humanitarian help account that might be funded with contributions from firms and residents to tackle the financial results of the coronavirus pandemic.

“The pandemic hit us at a critical moment, when we were trying to get ahead after a very tough economic crisis,” Moreno added in a televised speech. “It hit us without a cent in the state’s accounts.”

Ecuador reported more than 2,196 new infections in someday on Friday, elevating the overall quantity to 7,161. Some 297 individuals have died, and one other 311 had been doubtless killed by the virus, in accordance to official information.

02: 10 GMT – Trump orders US military to assist Italy struggle coronavirus

US President Donald Trump has ordered prime US administration officers to assist Italy in preventing coronavirus by offering medical provides, humanitarian aid and different help.

In a memo to a number of Cupboard ministers, Trump ordered a wide range of measures, together with making US military personnel in the nation obtainable for telemedicine companies, serving to arrange discipline hospitals, and transporting provides, in accordance to Reuters information company.

01: 29 GMT – China experiences 46 new coronavirus instances, increased than earlier day

Mainland China reported on Saturday 46 new coronavirus instances, together with 42 involving travellers from overseas, up from 42 instances a day earlier.

China’s National Well being Fee mentioned in a press release that 34 new asymptomatic coronavirus instances had additionally been reported, down from 47 the day past.

Mainland China’s tally of infections now stands at 81,953, whereas the death toll rose by three, to 3,339, in accordance to the Reuters information company report.

Mainland China’s infections now stand at 81,953, whereas the death toll rose to 3,339, in accordance to the NHC [Ng Han Guan/AP]

01: 06 GMT – Erdogan sends effectively needs to Boris Johnson

Turkey’s president has despatched a letter to Boris Johnson, wishing the British prime minister a speedy recovery from the coronavirus, AP reported.

In his letter, Recep Tayyip Erdogan additionally conveyed his condolences to the households of British victims of the virus, expressed hope that Britain overcomes the “tragedy with the minimal losses” and relayed his good needs to British well being service workers treating COVID-19 sufferers.

Erdogan additionally invited Johnson, whose great-grandfather was Turkish, to go to “the land of your ancestors” to focus on “steps that will further our bilateral cooperation in the post-Brexit period”.

00: 48 GMT – Argentina extends lockdown on main cities

Argentina will prolong the lockdown it has imposed on the nation’s main cities, President Alberto Fernandez has introduced.

He didn’t specify when the lockdown, which was first mandated on March 20, can be lifted. He mentioned the requirement that Argentines keep at home has helped management the rate of recent coronavirus infections, Reuters information company reported.

00: 12 GMT – WHO wanting into neurological results of coronavirus

The WHO’s emergencies chief says the company is conscious of some anecdotal experiences of neurological results in some coronavirus sufferers from China.

However Dr Mike Ryan mentioned it’s unclear whether or not the virus is instantly affecting the mind or whether or not these neurological results could also be due to oxygen deprivation.

Ryan mentioned whereas some viruses trigger issues like encephalitis and meningitis after they infect the mind, there isn’t any indication but that that is the case with COVID-19 sufferers, including that many infectious ailments can immediate deliriousness or a change in consciousness when sufferers’ oxygen ranges drop, however giving more oxygen usually resolves the difficulty.

00: 10 GMT – Tons of pay tribute to fallen nurse in Spain

Tons of of workers at a hospital close to the Spanish capital have gathered to pay homage to a 57-year-old nurse who died Friday after contracting COVID-19, AP reported.

In a post on social media, the Severo Ochoa Hospital in Leganes mentioned the nurse died “after days of fighting relentlessly against the illness”.

The post recognized the sufferer by his first identify, Esteban, and mentioned his widow additionally labored on the hospital, one of many main battlegrounds towards the coronavirus.

00: 01 GMT – Pope Francis leads haunting Good Friday procession amid lockdown

Pope Francis led a hauntingly empty Good Friday celebration [Vatican Media handout photo via Reuters]

Pope Francis entered a torch-lit, hauntingly empty Saint Peter’s Sq. for a Good Friday procession beneath a lockdown brought on by a coronavirus that has claimed 100,000 lives worldwide.

The Argentine-born pontiff walked up to his podium flanked by 5 jail inmates from the hard-hit northern Italian metropolis of Padua and 5 Vatican docs and nurses.

Their presence was a tribute to the victims of a illness that has formally claimed almost 19,000 lives in Italy.

Earlier, Francis had mentioned that medics and monks who died after changing into contaminated whereas taking care of COVID-19 victims “gave their lives out of love, like soldiers at the front”.

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 (April 10) right here.


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