There are at least 532,339 cases in the US
There are at least 532,339 cases of coronavirus in the US and at least 21,418 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University’s tally.
Ecuador president and cabinet to take 50% salary cut
Ecuador President Lenín Moreno announced on Twitter that he is ordering a 50% reduction in his salary and the salaries of his entire cabinet due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Ecuador has 7,466 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 333 deaths, according to a tally from Johns Hopkins University.
Bahrain: 49 New Cases are of Expat Workers
The Ministry of Health in Bahrain announced that the 49 new cases are from expat workers.
Precautionary and preventive measures have been taken for all of their contacts and laboratory tests have been carried out to ensure their safety. The infected workers are now under preventive quarantine.
Bahrain: 49 New Cases; Total Rises to 572
The Ministry of Health in Bahrain recorded 49 new cases today, bringing the total count of active cases to 572.
The number of people killed by the coronavirus in Canada rose by more than 12% to 674 in a day, official data posted by the public health agency showed.
UAE: 19 Indians Stuck at Dubai Airport for 3 Weeks
Nineteen Indians have been stuck in Dubai airport for three weeks in a real life tale that has echoes of Tom Hanks’ smash-hit 2004 Hollywood movie The Terminal.
Most were in transit when India stopped inbound flights due to the coronavirus pandemic. The men roughed it out on airport benches for the first few days. On March 21 they were tested for COVID-19. Found negative, they were shifted to Dubai International Airport Hotel on March 25 and have been there since.
US Records the Most Deaths in the World
The U.S. has now passed the 20,000 mark in the number of coronavirus deaths and leads the world in this grim tally, surpassing Italy for the first time.
Etihad airways will operate special passenger flights
Abu Dhabi’s Etihad airways will operate special passenger flights to Brussels, Dublin, London Heathrow, Tokyo Narita and Zurich for those wanting to leave UAE, it said in a statement.
UAE: Helicopter Spreads ‘Stay Home’ Message in Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi Aviation is spreading awareness about Covid-19 by having a helicopter fly across all the emirates displaying messages in Arabic and English, urging community members to stay at home, maintain social distancing and avoid gatherings.
Saudi Arabia records 7 more deaths and hundreds more cases
Saudi Arabia’s health ministry has announced 429 new coronavirus cases and seven more deaths during a press conference on Sunday.
The tally of COVID-19 cases in the Kingdom has reached 4,462, with 59 deaths, the ministry said. Some 761 cases have recovered.
UAE Conducts 10,000 Screenings Daily
Up to 7,100 people can be tested every day with the new drive-through Covid-19 testing facilities spread across the UAE, according to authorities.
A total of 14 new drive-through testing facilities are now operational, said the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA).
United Kingdom death toll passes 10,000
Another 737 people have died from coronavirus in the United Kingdom, taking the country’s death toll to 10,612 according to new figures from the Department of Health and Social Care.
The update shows that 84,279 people have tested positive since the outbreak began.
Global health official warns that Covid-19 may stalk “the human race for quite a long time to come”
Dr. David Nabarro, the World Health Organization’s special envoy on Covid-19, warned that the virus will not necessarily come in waves like influenza.
In an interview on NBC, Nabarro said the WHO thinks “it is going to be a virus that stalks the human race for quite a long time to come,” until a vaccine is developed.
Dozens of medical teams have continued random coronavirus testing on hospital visitors and people in their homes on Saturday in Jordan, as the 48-hour comprehensive curfew has ended.
UAE’s Ministry of Economy said they will discount the prices of several of their services to support companies during the coronavirus pandemic.
Coronavirus: UAE Succeeds in Treating Patients with Hydroxychloroquine
The United Arab Emirates has been using chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine to successfully treat COVID-19 patients amid the coronavirus outbreak, according to the health ministry.
Saudi: 429 New Cases Recorded, Total Rises to 4,262
Saudi Arabia confirmed 429 new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours bringing the total to 4,262. An additional seven deaths were recorded bringing the death toll to 59 as of Sunday, according to the health ministry.
Italian prime minister offers message of hope, saying “we will be able to recover soon”
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte says this Easter is like none other because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Conte shared his sympathy to those affected by the crisis in an Easter message on Facebook.
“To those who suffer today, to those who have an empty chair in front of them, to those who struggle in the hospital wards to remove tears and pain from their community,” he said.
UAE Reviews Labor Ties With Countries Refusing to Take Back Citizen
The United Arab Emirates warned on Sunday it would review labor ties with countries refusing to take back citizens in the UAE, including those who have lost their jobs or been put on leave, as coronavirus spreads among low-wage foreign workers throughout the Arabian Gulf.
Boris Johnson has been discharged from the hospital
United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been discharged from the hospital, a Downing Street spokesperson said.
“The PM has been discharged from hospital to continue his recovery, at Chequers,” the spokesperson said. “On the advice of his medical team, the PM will not be immediately returning to work. He wishes to thank everybody at St. Thomas’ for the brilliant care he has received.”
South Korea to form a treatment development support group
South Korea announced Sunday that the government will form a vaccine development support group this week, which will involve members of government, academia, industry, research institutions and hospitals.
The joint support group will be led by the Ministries of Health and Science to form a quick decision-making system to aid in the development of treatment in South Korea.
Vatican: Pope uses Easter Mass to call for unity in face of pandemic
Pope Francis has said the world needs to be united in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, in a special address after Easter mass on Sunday.
“This is not a time for indifference, because the whole world is suffering and needs to be united in facing the pandemic,” the Pope said during his address, known as “Urbi et Orbi” (To the City and the World).
The Pope also called for an “immediate global ceasefire” and an end to weapons manufacturing.
UK likely to be worst-affected country in Europe, expert fears
The UK is “likely to be one of the worst, if not the worst, affected countries in Europe,” Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust and a UK government adviser said Sunday.
“The numbers in the UK have continued to go up, I do hope that we’re coming close to the number of new infections reducing, and in a week or two the number of people of people needing hospital reducing,” he said, adding that he hoped the number of UK deaths would plateau and start to fall in a couple of weeks.
Chinese city bordering Russia bans all types of gatherings
The Chinese city of Suifenhe, which borders Russia, has banned all types of gatherings in the city, the local government announced Saturday.
Private schools’ evaluation methods in Bahrain
Private schools’ evaluation methods on the performance of their students can differ, according to their curricula and internal policies. This was said yesterday by the Ministry of Education’s Private Education acting director Amal Al Kaabi.
17 stores closed in Kuwait for violating precautionary measures
Saudis have been searching for corona advice – and tigers
Saudi Arabians have been searching coronavirus-related terms – as well as for TV programs and tigers – during the last month of coronavirus, according to data from Google Trends.
Unsurprisingly, residents in the Kingdom have changed their online behavior in response to these new circumstances, searching for information about the virus – but also for entertainment services and cooking recipes while under lockdown.
Based on Google Trends data from the last 30 days, the most increased searches were “COVID-19” (in Arabic), “coronavirus tips,” and “thank you coronavirus helpers” – this last entry referring to the public campaign to thank key health and security workers during the crisis.
Less directly related to coronavirus, searches for the word “tiger” increased by 650 percent during the 30-day period. This could be in reference to a tiger in New York which was one of the first confirmed cases of an animal catching the virus, but might also refer to the breakout Netflix show “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness” which has captured the imagination of many viewers stuck at home and spawned a range of online memes.
45 New Coronavirus Cases Are of Expat Workers
47 new cases of coronavirus were recorded in Bahrain today, of which 45 cases are of expat workers who were proactively being checked in their homes as part of a campaign to test these workers at their places of residence.
Two cases were from travel abroad.
The Ministry of Health had announced yesterday that mobile testing units, supported by Police, continue to test expatriate workers in their places of residence in Manama, Hidd, Ras Zuwayed, Aleker, Nuwaidrat, Alnuaim, Bukuwara, Salmabad, Askar and Sitra.
Bahrain: 47 New Coronavirus Cases Today
Currently, a total of 63,300 people have been tested and the total number of confirmed active cases is 524, amongst which 4 patients are in critical condition. To date, 557 patients have been discharged and 6 deaths have been confirmed.
Iran’s death toll rises to 4,474 with 71,868 confirmed cases
Iran’s death toll has reached 4,474 on Sunday with 71,868 confirmed cases, according to a health ministry official.
Coronavirus: Kuwait confirms 80 new cases, total now 1,234
Experts: It might take years for global economy to take-off after coronavirus
As the coronavirus pandemic has caused the global economy to face a far deeper and more savage shock than it has ever experienced, a return to the normalcy is going to be tougher, according to experts.
The world economy has never had such a crash landing as it is witnessing now as coronavirus has brought an entire model of global economic development skidding to a halt, says Adam Tooze, a history professor and director of the European Institute at Columbia University.
“As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, America’s economy is now widely expected to shrink by a quarter. That is as much as during the Great Depression. But whereas the contraction after 1929 stretched over a four-year period, the coronavirus implosion will happen over the next three months,” he wrote recently in Foreign Policy.
Indonesia has imposed curbs on public transport
Indonesia has imposed curbs on public transport ahead of the annual exodus to home villages that marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the government said on Sunday.
Public buses, trains, airplanes and ships will be allowed to fill only half their passenger seats, under a new regulation that also limits occupation of a private car to just half the seats, while a motorcycle may be ridden only by one person.
The capital Jakarta is the epicenter of the outbreak in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country, with the most infections and deaths among a national tally of 3,842 cases and 327 fatalities.
Turkey hospital sees hope as 93-year-old virus patient discharged
Cheered by her doctors, 93-year-old Alye Gunduz was discharged from an Istanbul hospital after recovering from the novel coronavirus following 10 days of treatment.
Her recovery from the disease that is killing chiefly the old offered some hope to health workers at Istanbul’s Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty hospital as they battle the outbreak, which risks hitting Turkey hard.
Turkey has registered more than 47,000 COVID-19 cases — ranking it among the 10 most infected countries in the world. It has recorded over a thousand deaths and the disease is spreading fast.
Spain’s death toll rises 619 in a day to 16,972
The latest figures announced by the Ministry of Heath bucks the downward trend in daily death rates.
Saturday’s total of 16,353 saw a further 510 deaths – marking the lowest daily rise since March 23.
The figures were released this morning amid strict instructions for the millions of workers involve in non-essential industry and construction activities who will be returning to work on Monday and Tuesday after their specific two-week ban is lifted by the Spanish Government.
The Spanish Government paralysed the ‘non-essential’ sectors for a fortnight from March 30 until April 9.
World Bank forecasts worst economic slump in South Asia in 40 years
India and other South Asian countries are likely to record their worst growth performance in four decades this year due to the coronavirus outbreak, the World Bank said on Sunday.
The South Asian region, comprising eight countries, is likely to show economic growth of 1.8% to 2.8% this year, the World Bank said in its South Asia Economic Focus report, well down from the 6.3% it projected six months ago.
India’s economy, the region’s biggest, is expected to grow 1.5% to 2.8% in the fiscal year that started on April 1. The World Bank has estimated it will grow 4.8% to 5% in the fiscal year that ended on March 31, according to Reuters.
“The green shoots of a rebound that were observable at the end of 2019 have been overtaken by the negative impacts of the global crisis,” the World Bank report said.
Other than India, the World Bank forecast that Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh will also see sharp falls in economic growth.
Three other countries – Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Maldives – are expected to fall into recession, the World Bank said in the report, which was based on country-level data available as of April 7.
Russian cases see largest daily increase, jumping by more than 2,000
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Russia jumped by 2,186 within 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases to 15,770, according to Russian state news agency TASS on Sunday.
The jump is the largest daily increase in cases in Russia since the outbreak began.
The number of coronavirus deaths in Russia rose to 130 — an increase of 24 deaths in the past day.
Oman reports steady rise of 53 new cases, total now 599
Bahrain: Public Schools Turning Into Shelters for Expat Workers
A number of government schools across the Kingdom are being prepared to be turned into temporary shelters to accommodate expatriate labour workers.
The Ministry of Interior confirmed this last night on social media, saying that the move is intended to reduce overcrowding in the workers’ existing residences and allow for social distancing, in light of the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The number of active COVID-19 cases has been rising in Bahrain recently amongst expatriate labourers, with the new cases coming from those in their accommodations, where they are mostly packed together in small rooms.
The Interior Minister asserted that governorates must reduce this overcrowding in labour camps, especially in illegal accommodations, and distribute these residents to government facilities such as schools, among other places.
In their discussions, they had agreed to form a working group to conduct a field survey of the government schools as proposed shelters, in order to choose the most appropriate ones and the most prepared for the temporary housing initiative. This will be done in coordination with the workers’ companies and employers.
Also discussed were the basic needs that will be required in these temporary accommodations.
Meanwhile, as a related preventive measure, mobile testing units supported by Community Police continue to test expatriate workers in their places of residence in Manama, Hidd, Ras Zuwayed, Aleker, Nuwaidrat, Alnuaim, Bukuwara, Salmabad, Askar and Sitra.
Easter in lockdown
The Pope told the world “not yield to fear” ahead of Easter Sunday, which most Christians will mark from their homes instead of church.
UAE Launches Home Testing for ‘People of Determination’
The United Arab Emirates has launched a coronavirus home testing program for “people of determination,” the UAE’s term for people with disabilities.
Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan announced on Twitter on Sunday.
“As the UAE continues to work to prevent the spread of COVID-19, I applaud today’s launch of the National Home Testing Program for People of Determination,”
“It is essential that the UAE continues to ensure all segments of the community have adequate access to testing facilities.”
Nine recover from coronavirus in Kuwait
With this, Kuwait’s total recoveries has reached 142
AirAsia Founders Not Taking Salary; Staff Accept Up to 75% Pay Cut
The founders of Malaysia’s AirAsia Group will not take salaries and its staff has agreed to an as much as 75% cut in pay due to the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the airline.
Tony Fernandes said in an Instagram post that he and Executive Chairman Kamarudin Meranun “will not be taking a salary during this period”, while staff from across the business “have accepted temporary pay reductions of anywhere between 15-75%, depending on seniority, to share the impact this is having on our business”.
The budget airline has no incoming revenue and 96% of its fleet is grounded, Fernandes said.
“We still have significant ongoing financial commitments such as fuel suppliers and leasing agents,” he said. The airline has retained all its staff.
AirAsia has also urged customers to accept credit offers for flights cancelled instead of refunds.
South Korea to test all travelers entering from US for coronavirus
From Monday midnight, everyone travelling from the US will be required to test for coronavirus within three days of entry.
Previously, travellers coming from the US were required to self-isolate but only test for coronavirus if symptomatic.
South Korea has 32 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus as of Sunday, of which 24 were imported. That brings the total number of cases to 10,512 and 214 deaths.
Bahrain: IKEA Amps Up Sanitation as Delivery Partner Tests Positive
IKEA Bahrain yesterday issued an announcement on its social media pages regarding a COVID-19 positive case among its third party delivery partner.
Delivery services have been stopped until further notice.
Three Indian states extend lockdown until April 30
The state of Maharashtra, which has the highest number of coronavirus cases in India, has extended its lockdown until “at least” Thursday, April 30.
The states of Punjab and Odisha have already announced a lockdown extension until the end of April.
The three-week lockdown initially announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi ends on April 14. An official word on any further extension to the nationwide lockdown period is yet to be announced by Modi.
Coronavirus is Now the Leading Cause of Death in America
Coronavirus is now the leading cause of death in America killing more on average each day than cancer or heart disease, a doctor has claimed.
Dr Maria Danilychev, who practices hospice/palliative medicine in San Diego, has published a chart showing how COVID-19 has risen to become the leading cause of death in the US at 1,970 deaths per day.
Dr Danilychev claims this supersedes the 1,774 deaths per day caused by heart disease and 1,641 per day from cancer.
The death toll in the U.S has continued to dramatically rise in recent weeks, currently over 20,000.
The US now has the highest coronavirus death toll in the world.
Over two-thirds of deaths are in New York City alone, where fears are growing that the real death toll has been significantly miscounted and that a dramatic spike in New Yorkers dying in their homes is also linked to coronavirus.
Oman Reports 3rd Death; Reveals Shortage of Supplies
Oman reported a third death resulting from COVID-19, as the number of cases in the sultanate starts to grow.
A 41-year-old expat died from the coronavirus, the Ministry of Health announced. It also revealed 68 new cases of the coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases to 546. The ministry added that 102 patients have recovered.
A ministry official said the number of cases is causing concern for officials in the country.
In Oman, the majority (78%) of cases have occurred in those aged between 15 and 50.
The ministry official also revealed a shortage of supplies to deal with the cases.
“We are facing a shortage of some medical supplies to deal with corona and we are striving to provide the necessary. We are still looking for more qualitative contributions to the fund, as a national responsibility in this exceptional circumstance.”
UAE Begins Clinical Trials of Plasma Therapy
Clinical trials of plasma therapy to treat COVID-19 are taking place in the UAE.
In the absence of a vaccine, doctors and scientists across the world are looking to so-called convalescent plasma because they consider it low risk and because it has been effective during past epidemics.
The treatment injects antibody-rich plasma from people who have recovered from the novel coronavirus into people who have severe cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. Antibodies are proteins in the blood that fight specific bacteria and viruses.
Health experts in the country are also looking at the impact of drugs such as chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine.
Dr Farida Al Hosani, the official spokesperson of the UAE health sector, said research is being carried out to assess how effective each potential treatment is.
India reports over 900 new cases in the past 24 hours
India reported 910 new cases of coronavirus and 34 more coronavirus-related deaths in the past 24 hours, the country’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare announced.
As of 9 a.m. Sunday local time, the ministry reported a nationwide total of 8,356 confirmed cases of coronavirus, including 273 deaths.
India reported its biggest single-day jump in cases on Saturday when it reported 1,035 new cases.
Saudi: Curfew to Remain Until Further Notice
Saudi Arabia has extended a curfew it imposed across the Kingdom as part of measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Last Monday, Saudi Arabia imposed a 24-hour curfew and lockdown on the cities of Riyadh, Tabuk, Dammam, Dhahran and Hofuf and throughout the governorates of Jeddah, Taif, Qatif, and Khobar.
Bahrain: Human Rights in Quarantine Centers Monitored
The National Institution for Human Rights (NIHR) has affirmed that Bahrain has taken all preemptive measures to curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) while taking into consideration human rights, like the right to health and privacy.
In line with its monitoring role, the institution’s committee started field visits to the isolation, quarantine and treatment centres.
They met the medical teams as well as some of the quarantined people there to get informed about adherence to human rights in such circumstances, in tune with the precautionary measures set by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
NIHR added the committee will continue the field visits to different locations and meet relevant parties to ascertain of the implementation of appropriate measures in this regard and provide health and psychological consultancy to the isolated and quarantined people in a way that is consistent with human rights.
Japan announces record spike in number of cases for fourth day in a row
Japan’s health ministry recorded 714 new coronavirus cases and four deaths on Saturday. This is the fourth day in a row the country has seen a record spike in the number of cases.
The latest spike brings the number of total infections to 7,460, including 712 from the Diamond Princess cruise ship.
The total number of deaths in Japan now stands at 109.
Canada passes law that will pay businesses to keep employees on staff
At least 529,740 cases reported in the US, over 20,600 deaths
Emirates Commences Flights to Select Destinations
Emirates airlines confirmed it will commence select flights to several destinations from Dubai International Airport’s Terminal 3 today.