Global Live Updates: Cases Cross 1.5 Million Worldwide

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11:00 pm


France records another big jump in its death toll from the virus, announcing it had reached 12,210 on Thursday from 10,869 on Wednesday.


10:45 pm

Spain extends state of emergency until April 26

The Spanish Parliament has voted to extend the state of emergency in the country for the second time, until April 26.


10:32 pm

Boris Johnson is out of intensive care

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson “has been moved this evening from intensive care back to the ward, where he will receive close monitoring during the early phase of his recovery,” Downing Street said in a statement Thursday.

“He is in extremely good spirits,” the statement added.


10:31 pm

It’s been 100 days since the World Health Organization was first notified about coronavirus

Today marks the 100th day since the World Health Organization was notified of the first cases of novel coronavirus in China, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on his Twitter account.

Since then, more than 1.5 million cases of coronavirus have been reported around the world, according to a tally from Johns Hopkins University.


10:23 pm

Saudi: Deadline for Returning Citizens Extended to April 14


10:19 pm

South Africa extends lockdown until the end of April

In a live address on Thursday, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a two-week extension to South Africa’s current 21-day lockdown, keeping restrictions in place until at least the end of April.


10:10 pm


Turkey’s confirmed cases of coronavirus increased by 4,056 in the last 24 hours, and 96 people have died, taking the death toll to 908, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Thursday.


09:46 pm

Bahrain: 32 New Coronavirus Cases Recorded Today

The Ministry of Health announced 32 new cases, 3 of which are from abroad, and 29 cases that are in contact with existing cases.

Twenty-six of the 29 new cases have been in contact with expat workers who were in quarantine.

After confirming the results of laboratory tests carried out for those in preventive quarantine, the existing cases were immediately transferred to the place designated for isolation and treatment. This is so they can receive the necessary medical care.

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Currently, a total of 55,096 people have been tested and the total number of confirmed active cases is 363, amongst which 3 patients are in critical condition. To date, 519 patients have been discharged and 5 deaths have been confirmed.


09:31 pm

Bahrain: 2 Million Face Masks Available at Supermarkets, Pharmacies

Industry, Commerce and Tourism Ministry has announced that one million medical face masks have been provided to pharmacies and supermarkets, bringing their total number to two million, as part of efforts to implement the preventive measures taken by the kingdom to combat the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).


09:18 pm

Bahrain: ‘BeAware Bahrain’ Allows Exit Test Scheduling for Self-Isolating Individuals

The Information & eGovernment Authority (iGA) has added a new feature to its newly launched ‘BeAware Bahrain’ app, enabling users in self-isolation to schedule their compulsory exit swab tests 3 days prior to the end of their isolation period.


09:09 pm

Bahrain: COVID-19 Spurs Demand for Personal Care Items

Consumers in Bahrain continue to shift their purchasing behaviour towards personal care, hygiene and beauty products that promote health following the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

As consumers use online shopping to avoid going out, grocery stores have witnessed a sudden spurt in demand.

Just recently, guidelines have been issued by health authorities to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Barber shops and beauty salons in Bahrain were closed, as part of national efforts to combat the spread of the virus.

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09:00 pm

Sweden reports large increase in deaths for second day in a row

Sweden has reported a rise in the daily death rate from coronavirus of at least 100 for two days in a row, taking the total number of dead to 792, according to data released by the Swedish Public Health Agency.

The total number of cases across the country has increased to 9,141 with 719 in intensive care.


08:49 pm

United Kingdom death toll nears 8,000

The number of people who have died of Covid-19 in the United Kingdom hospitals has increased to 7,978, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said Thursday – an increase of 881 since Wednesday’s update.


08:47 pm

Bahrain: No Health Examination Fees for All Residents

Staring from today, the Ministry of Health decided to cancel the BD7 fee which residents pay for examination service in health centers.

Sources noted that the decision starts today, Thursday April 9th 2020, and continues until the end of the COVID-19 crisis.


08:25 pm

Number of airline passengers has dropped nearly 96%

The number of people traveling by plane has dropped by about 96%, according to multiple metrics reviewed by CNN.

One is the number of people screened by the Transportation Security Administration at airports. That number is about 96% lower than it was this time last year.

On Wednesday, TSA officers screened just shy of 95,000 people, a dramatic drop from the 2.3 million who passed through checkpoints on the equivalent day in 2019.


08:21 pm

Bahrain: Pharmacy in Zinj Closed for Overpricing Face Masks

A pharmacy in Zinj that unfairly priced the masks at 250 fils a piece has been closed by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism.

The new price for the surgical masks has been capped at 180 fils a mask, according to the ministry.


07:46 pm

Bahrain: Over 1 Million Face Masks Distributed in the Kingdom

People in Bahrain must wear a face mask or an appropriate face covering whenever they are out in public, starting from tonight.

In light of this decision, the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism announced yesterday that it has distributed more than one million face masks at supermarkets and pharmacies across the Kingdom.

The ministry said that the supply of masks will help in the implementation of the government’s orders for people to protect themselves from possible COVID-19 infection.

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07:35 pm

There are more than 432,000 people in the US with coronavirus

According to Johns Hopkins University’s tally, there are at least 432,579 cases of coronavirus in the US.


07:34 pm

Bahrain: Health Ministry Launches Drive-Through Testing for COVID-19

The Ministry of Health has launched a drive-through testing centre for coronavirus (COVID-19).

The said drive-through centre is located at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre in Manama.


07:19 pm

Bahrain: Wearing Face Masks in Public Has Taken Effect

The Ministry of Health’s decision requiring citizens and residents to wear face masks while in public has taken effect at 7PM.


07:15 pm

US: New York governor says coronavirus has killed 4,000 more people than 9/11

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said it’s “so painful and breathtaking” to see how many people have died from coronavirus.

The state has about 4,000 more people than in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.


07:14 pm

Bahrain: No Face Masks Available in Some Pharmacies

The pharmacies raised the white flag to their customers by hanging this phrase “No face masks available” on their doors. This is just an hour before implementing the mandatory decision to wear masks for all individuals in the Kingdom in public places.


06:34 pm

UAE: 13 New Drive-Through COVID-19 Testing Centres Open

Thirteen new drive-through testing facilities for Covid-19 have been opened across the UAE over the recent days.


06:30 pm

Spain will extend its state of emergency until May

Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez expects to extend the country’s state of emergency into May to help contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

“I am convinced that in 15 days we will have to do it because we won’t have put an end to the pandemic,” he said.


06:24 pm

UAE: Residents to Face Deportation for Breaking Rules

People who repeatedly flout ‘stay at home’ measures and endanger others’ lives are inviting harsh punishments including deportation, a senior police officer has said.


06:00 pm

Finland extends restriction measures until May 13

The Finnish government extended restrictions on schools, museums and theaters to contain the spread of coronavirus until May 13, announced in a statement on Thursday.


05:56 pm

Bahrain: Education Ministry Might Reduce Private School Fees

The Minister of Education H.E Majid bin Ali Al Nuaimi has confirmed to the member of Representative council that, the ministry is in the process of devising a mechanism to reduce the school fees in private schools.

The decision is expected to be announced on Sunday.


05:32 pm

Bahrain: Another Group of Bahrainis Repatriated from Iran

The Ministry of Health has today announced the safe return of citizens from Iran, as part of the International COVID-19 Repatriation Programme.


05:30 pm

US: Coronavirus won’t go away with warmer weather, scientists tell White House

It doesn’t look like coronavirus will go away once the weather warms up, a prestigious scientific panel told the White House on Tuesday.

In their letter to the White House, members of a National Academy of Sciences committee said data is mixed on whether coronavirus spreads as easily in warm weather as it does in cold weather — but that it might not matter much given that so few people in the world are immune to coronavirus.

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05:00 pm


Italy recorded 3,836 new coronavirus cases, bringing the toll to 139,422, 542 deaths, bringing the toll to 17,669 deaths.


04:45 pm


The Philippines reported 21 new deaths and 206 additional cases of the coronavirus, the health ministry said on Thursday.


04:44 pm

Saudi: 355 New Cases, Three New Deaths Recorded


04:30 pm

Thailand confirmed 54 new cases and two more deaths


04:28 pm

India: Inventor Revs Up ‘Corona Car’ to Drive Lockdown Message

A giant coronavirus is stalking the streets of southern India – propelled by a 100 cc engine and an inventor trying to drive home the message that Indians should stay indoors as the pandemic sweeps across the world.

Sudhakar Yadav’s wacky small single-seater car – made of fluorescent-green fibre and complete with the red crown-like spikes of the virus – has been racking up the miles in the tech hub of Hyderabad to remind fellow citizens of the dangers of COVID-19.

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04:15 pm

6.6 million people in the US filed for unemployment last week

Another 6.6 million people filed claims for unemployment benefits in the week that ended on April 4.

It was the second largest number of initial unemployment claims in history, since the Department of Labor started tracking the data in 1967.


04:06 pm

Iran said it had 1,634 new cases, bringing the total to 66,220.


04:05 pm

Kuwait recorded 55 new cases, bringing the total to 910.


04:00 pm

At least 100 Italian doctors have died

At least 100 doctors have died from coronavirus in Italy, the Italian Association of Doctors said Thursday.

Eighty of them worked in the north of Italy, the hardest-hit area of the country.

As of Wednesday, 13,522 health workers have been infected in Italy, according to the Italian Institute of Health.


03:52 pm

Chinese government after US criticism: “Accusations won’t get rid of the virus”

China responded to criticism of its handling of coronavirus Thursday, as the situation worsens in the US.

“Smearing and accusations won’t get rid of the virus,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian at a press conference in Beijing Thursday. “We hope to see the American people win its fight against the outbreak as early as possible.”


03:30 pm

UAE’s Flydubai will resume flights ‘when time is right’

United Arab Emirates airline Flydubai will resume regular operations when the time is right and for the time being, will continue to operate flights for repatriation purposes, its chief commercial officer said on Thursday.

The UAE has suspended scheduled passenger flights since March 24, though has allowed limited services for foreigners wishing to leave and for returning citizens.

“We look forward to resuming our operations when the time is right and we are working closely with the authorities,” CCO Hamad Obaidalla said in a statement.

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Flydubai will operate up to ten repatriation flights over the next week, it said.


03:15 pm

Pakistan rolls out largest social assistance program in nation’s history

Pakistan launched the largest social protection effort in the country’s history Thursday with plans to pay close to $1 billion dollars to the country’s poorest in an effort to counter the economic fallout of the COVID-19 crisis.

The program, which aims to cover 12 million families, is meant to assist them to “buy rations so that they don’t go hungry.”


03:10 pm

Cases in Austria close to 13,000

Austria has recorded 12,969 confirmed cases of coronavirus since the outbreak began, the country’s health ministry said Thursday.

There have been 295 deaths and 5,240 people have recovered from the virus, said the ministry.


03:07 pm

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s condition is improving, spokesperson says

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s condition “continues to improve,” his official spokesperson said.

Johnson has spent a third night in intensive care at London’s St Thomas’ hospital. Johnson was hospitalized Sunday because he was still suffering coronavirus symptoms 10 days after testing positive for the virus.


02:56 pm

Kuwait Records 55 New Cases, Total at 910


02:41 pm

Indian state is first to extend lockdown until end of April

The Indian state of Odisha has become the first Indian state to extend its lockdown until April 30.


02:37 pm

Airbus cuts production by one third

Airbus says it is cutting production by about one-third as airlines scale back orders for new planes due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The airplane manufacturer will now make 40 A320, two A330 and six A350 planes per month.


02:22 pm

Lufthansa Group says it is losing 1 million euros every hour

Lufthansa, one of Europe’s biggest airline groups, says it is losing around 1 million euros of its liquidity every hour.

7,000 employees will be affected by measures to cut costs — 1,400 of whom are with the group’s budget airline subsidiary Germanwings, which will cease operations.

Earlier this week, Lufthansa announced that it is permanently reducing the size of its fleet and announced it will decommission at least 43 aircraft — about 6% of its fleet.


02:14 pm

Spain coronavirus deaths climb above 15,000

Spain has recorded more than 15,000 deaths during the novel coronavirus outbreak, according to data from the Spanish Health Ministry released Thursday.

Although there have been 15,238 coronavirus-related deaths, the daily death toll has slowed after smaller increases in the previous two days.

There were 683 deaths in the past 24 hours, 74 fewer than Wednesday’s total death count of 757.


02:00 pm

World’s First “Marathon At Home” Attracts 749 Runners

Tomorrow, around 749 runners representing 62 different nationalities will turn their homes into a marathon 42.195-kilometre arena as they take part in the world’s first ‘Marathon at Home’.

A collaboration between Dubai Sports Council, ASICS Middle East and 5:30 Run club, the Marathon at Home will take place on April 10 under the umbrella of DSC’s ‘Be Fit, Be Safe’ and #stayhome campaigns, with the aim of keeping members of UAE’s community in running shape inside their home.

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The Marathon at Home is a timed 42.195km race open to people of all ages and abilities, and it has attracted participants from across the region. Besides UAE, runners from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain and Jordan will also be taking part in this unique event.


01:46 pm

US death toll reaches 14,808

There are at least 432,438 cases of coronavirus in the US and at least 14,808 people have died during the outbreak, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.


01:30 pm

India identifies, seals coronavirus hot spots

Indian authorities have identified and sealed dozens of hot spots in New Delhi and the neighbouring Uttar Pradesh state comprising residential districts to check the rising trajectory of new coronavirus infections.

Government statements said people would be supplied food, medicines and other supplies at their doorsteps and they would not be allowed to leave these areas, The Associated Press reported.

Authorities also made it compulsory for people to wear face masks when stepping outdoors in areas not covered by these restrictions in the two states.

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01:16 pm

More Than 330,000 People Have Recovered Worldwide

China leads the way in terms of recovered patients, with more than 77,000, according to Johns Hopkins, followed by Spain with more than 48,000; Germany with more than 46,000; and Iran with more than 29,000.


01:00 pm

British PM ‘Sitting Up in Bed’

The British PM is ‘engaging positively’ but is still in intensive care, according to the update on his condition.


12:45 pm

“We have reached the peak” of the pandemic, says Spain’s PM

Spain will soon start the process of de-escalation of the current lockdown measures in place to mitigate the novel coronavirus pandemic in the country, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said today, as he asked Parliament to approve his request to extend the country’s state of emergency until April 26.

Spain has been the world’s second most heavily-affected country by the coronavirus pandemic so far, after the US. Almost 150,000 confirmed cases of the virus have been detected and the death toll currently stands at 14,792.

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12:30 pm

Russia records significant one-day rise in cases, taking total past 10,000

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Russia has risen by more than 1,000 in a single day, with the country’s coronavirus tracking headquarters announcing a total of 10,131 infections in the country.

On Wednesday morning, there were only 8,672 confirmed cases in the country. So far, Russia has recorded at least 63 fatalities from the virus.


11:51 am

Cox’s Bazar, home to the world’s largest refugee camp, is under lockdown


11:34 am

Seef Mall Shops Set To Reopen Tomorrow

In the implementation of directives issued by the Coordination Committee, stipulating the reopening of all commercial malls across the Kingdom, Seef Properties announced that it will reopen all of its commercial shops at its malls on Friday, April 10, 2020.

This includes all of the shops at Seef Mall – Seef District, Seef Mall – Muharraq and Seef Mall – Isa Town.

Consequently, the shops at Seef Malls will be open from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm daily, while financial institutions, optical shops, pharmacies and Government entities will operate daily from 10 am to 10 pm, and from 10 am to 11 pm on weekends. As for Carrefour at Seef Mall – Muharraq, operating hours will continue as usual (daily from 8 am until midnight).

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Meanwhile, restaurants and cafes will continue offering their services for take away and delivery orders only, while cinemas, beauty salons, fitness and entertainment centers will remain closed.


11:22 am

Saudi Citizens Repatriated from Bahrain

The first group of Saudi Arabian citizens who had been stranded in Bahrain returned to the Kingdom on Wednesday, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

A total of 790 citizens had requested to be repatriated back to Saudi Arabia as the coronavirus pandemic halted flights around the world.


11:12 am

Britain braces for weeks more lockdown

Ministers will commit the UK to weeks more coronavirus lockdown today as Dominic Raab chairs a Cobra crisis meeting for the first time with Boris Johnson still in intensive care.

Hopes of the curbs being eased this month are set to be dashed after experts warned the UK has not yet reached the peak of the killer outbreak. The daily death toll surged to almost 1,000 yesterday.


10:58 am

Oman Registers 38 New cases, Total at 457


10:55 am

New Zealand will quarantine all overseas arrivals

Starting Friday, people who arrive in New Zealand will need to be quarantined in an approved facility for at least two weeks.

The change means they can no longer self-isolate at home, or anywhere else they choose.

It’s a rule that will only affect New Zealanders — foreigners have not been allowed to enter the country for weeks.


10:40 am

South Korea reports fewer than 60 new cases for fourth day in a row

A total of 39 new coronavirus cases were reported in South Korea today, the fourth consecutive day that the country has seen fewer than 60 new infections, Vice Health Minister Kim Ganglip said at a daily briefing.

South Korea’s total number of confirmed cases stands at 10,423, including at least 204 deaths. A total of 6,973 former patients have recovered.


10:12 am

Now, Almost 22% of Closed Cases End in Death

The coronavirus pandemic has affected nearly 1.5 million worldwide. Of this, 406,877 cases have been closed, either by recovery or death.

Data shows that 319,160 cases have recovered and been discharged so far, which constitutes 78% of total closed cases.

87,717 deaths have been recorded so far, constituting 22% of closed cases globally.

What has been the progression of the death rate in closed cases?

As on March 1st, only 6.33% of closed cases ended in death, which further dipped to 5.64% by March 7th. However, exactly a month later on April 7th, the proportion of deaths in the closed cases is nearly 22%.

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This is an almost 15% increase in the proportion of deaths in closed cases.

Further study reveals that while the increase in deaths was fairly slow till March 13th, a sudden jump of around 3% was detected on March 19th, which further jumped by roughly another 6% to 15.71% on March 25th. This trend has again slowed down, with a lower jump in death rate, possibly because of the strict lockdown measures imposed worldwide.

Yesterday, America recorded the world’s highest-ever fatalities in a single day – 1,922. If this fatality rate continues even in the US alone, the proportion of deaths in the total closed cases worldwide will see a significant rise.

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09:53 am

Bahrain: COVID-19 Positive Doctor Breaks Quarantine, Faces Deportation

A doctor was convicted today of abstaining from implementing self-confinement at home, which was imposed on him to prevent the spread of coronavirus and exposing other people to infection.

The Low Criminal Court sentenced him to one month in jail with force, fined him BD 2000 and ordered his deportation.

The General Health Directorate reported that the convict arrived in Bahrain from an infected country with coronavirus (COVID-19). After undergoing a blood test, the doctor informed him of a decision to isolate him for 14 days at home, in line with procedures adopted regarding people who come from coronavirus-infected countries.

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It was found out that he violated the quarantine procedure by reporting to his clinic where he mixed up with workers and patients. Testing positive for COVID-19, he exposed other people to infection.


09:36 am

Bahrain: Shops Violating Precautionary Closure In Investigation

The Public Prosecution announced that it had started an investigation into a number of commercial stores which violated the precautionary closure decision and others who violated health requirements and procedures that must be followed in the current situation towards containing the outbreak of coronavirus.

The Public Prosecution has launched its investigations into a number of violations, interrogating the defendants and ordering the release of one of the violators on caution money of 2000 dinars and two other defendants on for 1,000 dinars for each, in preparation for their referral to the criminal court, in addition to putting the violating stores subject to legal capacity.

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Where the law decides, for violations of health procedures and measures, for a penalty of imprisonment for up to three years and a fine of up to ten thousand dinars, and a fine for the stores where the violations took place, twice the decided fine.

On the other hand, the Chief Prosecutor stressed that the Public Prosecution is keen to implement the provisions of the law firmly against anyone who violates the imposed health procedures and measures.


09:20 am

UAE confirms 300 new cases over past 24 hours

The United Arab Emirates confirmed 300 new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours bringing the total to 2,659, the health ministry spokeswoman said on Wednesday. Meanwhile, 12 died and 239 recovered so far.


09:13 am

India’s two largest cities make wearing face masks mandatory

Mumbai and New Delhi have both mandated face masks for people who leave their homes.

In Mumbai, the Maharashtra government announced that a three-ply mask or a cloth mask will be mandatory in the city limits and that local police will take legal action against violators.

A total of 5,916 cases of coronavirus, including 178 deaths, have been recorded in India, according to Johns Hopkins University.


08:58 am

Bahrain: Around 250 Citizens to be Evacuated from Cairo


08:45 am

Tokyo hits another record high in new cases

At least 1,338 cases of the novel coronavirus have been recorded in Tokyo, after a rise of 144 new infections in Japan’s capital on Wednesday — the largest increase yet in a single day.

Across the country, at least 5,480 people have been infected with the virus, including 712 cases linked to the Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined in Yokohama in February.

The death toll currently stands at 96, with four more fatalities recorded on Wednesday.


08:30 am


Another 142 coronavirus infections were recorded in Singapore on Wednesday, according to the Ministry of Health, bringing the country’s total number of confirmed cases to 1,623.


08:12 am

US Record Death Toll

The coronavirus death toll in the United States reached 14,817 on Wednesday evening after an increase of 1,922 deaths today — the largest rise of fatalities in a single day yet.

The US has recorded more than 432,000 confirmed infections.


07:54 am

New Zealand cases fall again as quarantine rules are tightened

There were just 29 new cases of the coronavirus reported in New Zealand today.

The national total stands at 1,239. Some 317 patients have recovered and been discharged from the hospital.


07:52 am

China restores 40% of flights amid easing of coronavirus restrictions


07:42 am

Coronavirus cases pass 1.5 million worldwide


07:32 am

US coronavirus cases rise by more than 33,000 in just one day

At least 432,132 cases of the novel coronavirus have been recorded in the United States, after 33,323 new infections were reported on Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins University,

The country’s death toll stands at 14,817, following 1,922 fatalities reported on Wednesday — the largest increase in one day.



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