Global Live Updates: GCC cases cross 6000, 49 fatalities

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11:18 pm

France

France reported 357 new coronavirus hospital deaths, bringing the toll to 8,078, and the number of confirmed cases in hospitals rose to 70,478 from 68,605 on Saturday.

10:27 pm

Queen Elizabeth calls for unity during the pandemic

Queen Elizabeth II addressed the coronavirus pandemic and offered reassurance in a rare televised speech on Sunday.

She thanked caregivers and essential workers and delivered a message of hope and unity. The queen also talked about the difficulties of self-isolating, but pointed out that it is an opportunity to “slow down, pause, and reflect in prayer or meditation.”

10:20 pm

US: Death Valley National Park closes

Death Valley National Park, which runs through California and Nevada, has closed as of April 4 citing public health concerns aimed at limiting the spread of Covid-19.

All park facilities, restrooms, viewpoints, trails, roads, and campgrounds are closed until further notice, a notice on the National Park Service’s website said.

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10:00 pm

Turkey

Turkey’s death toll from the new coronavirus rose by 73 to total 574, and new confirmed cases rose by 3,135 to bring the country’s total to 27,069, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Twitter.

09:45 pm

UAE

The UAE recorded 294 new coronavirus infections, bringing the total number of cases so far to 1,798, with 19 cases cured.

09:40 pm

Coronavirus: Bahrain Announces Youngest Recovery Case

“The youngest COVID-19 recovery case in Bahrain is an 8-year-old Bahraini baby girl,” this was announced by the Ministry of Health through its  official website and social media accounts.

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09:00 pm

Kuwait recorded 77 new infections, bringing the total number to 556

08:54 pm

Bahrain: 431 Cases Have Recovered

08:45 pm

Iraq recorded 81 new cases and five new deaths, bringing the total number to 961

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08:45 pm

UAE: Dubai Police Cancels Violations Recorded

Following the launch of a new movement permit for Dubai, Dubai Media Office announced that police would remove all violations of the newly announced restrictions on movement detected by radars – this is limited to violations from the time of announcement of new restrictions on Saturday to the time of permit launch on Sunday.

08:30 pm

Coronavirus: Global Deaths Top 60,000; Number of Cases Hit 1.7 Million

The number of coronavirus deaths worldwide totaled 63,437 on Saturday, with Europe accounting for over 45,000, or two-thirds of the total.

There are now more than 1.17 million confirmed coronavirus cases around the world since the virus emerged in China late last year.

Topping the most number of COVID-19 cases was the United States, which reported more than 300,000 confirmed cases and more than 8,300 deaths.

Italy, which continues to have the most number of deaths at more than 14,500, has the second number of cases at more than 119,000.

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Spain is second in the most number of deaths at more than 11,700 and is third in number of cases.

 

 

07:45 pm

Iraq recorded 81 new cases and five new deaths, bringing the total number to 961

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07:33 pm

Bahrain Complies with Stay-At-Home Orders, Says Google Report

Bahrain’s measures to prevent the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection is progressing on a healthy path with citizens and residents here responding positively to the lockdown measures installed. Latest Google data, released to help public health officials understand responses to social distancing guidance related to COVID-19, confirms this trend.

 

07:20 pm

Canada

The number of people killed by the coronavirus in Canada has jumped by just over 20% to 258 in a day, official data posted by the public health agency showed on Sunday.

07:18 pm

Bahrain: Governor Distributes Food to Workers Affected

Governor of the Capital Governorate, announced that the governorate has adopted a campaign to distribute food meals to the expat workers living in the area.

During his visit to the meal preparation headquarters, he explained that the first day of the campaign witnessed the contribution of the governorate and volunteers in distributing 1100 food meals to expatriate workers.

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07:00 pm

There are 122,031 total cases across New York

New York has a total of 122,031 cases of Covid-19 across the state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a press conference Sunday.

There are now 4,159 people who have died in the state which is up from 3,565 the day before, Cuomo said.

06:59 pm

Kuwait: All Employees to Receive Full Salary for the Month of April

Citizens and expatriates will receive their full salaries in April without any loan deduction or other consumer installments. The April salaries will be paid before the holy month of Ramadan.

06:15 pm

UK: Death toll rises by 621

The United Kingdom’s coronavirus death toll has risen by 621 according to new figures released by the Department of Health and Social Care.

This is less than Saturday’s reported increase of 708.

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06:00 pm

The Netherlands records significant drop in deaths

The Netherlands has recorded a significant drop in the number of new coronavirus deaths, according to new figures from the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment.

The Institute says 115 new deaths were recorded in the past 24 hours. That compares to 164 for the previous day.

06:00 pm

India: 83% of Patients are Below the Age of 50

India confirmed that most cases of coronavirus in India have been found in the age groups of 21-40. The next most-hit age group is those between ages 41 and 50, which compromises of 33 per cent of the COVID-19 positive cases in the country.

05:45 pm

Singapore confirmed 120 more cases, bringing the total to 1,309 infections and six deaths.

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05:10 pm

Fifth coronavirus case reported from Asia’s largest slum

A new case of coronavirus has been reported from the slums of Dharavi in Mumbai, India, on Sunday, Kiran Dighavkar, assistant commissioner of Mumbai’s civic body Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) told CNN.

The slum, home to around 1 million people, had earlier announced four cases.

04:50 pm

UAE Cancels Fines for Expired Residency Visa Holders

The UAE Cabinet on Sunday approved a decision exempting holders of expired residency visas from fines until the end of the year.

04:37 pm

Saudi: Cases Rise to 2,385; Death Toll Reaches 34

The confirmed cases of coronavirus in Saudi Arabia reached to 2,385 in the last 24 hours as the death toll rose to 34, the Ministry of Health announced on Sunday.

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04:00 pm

Lebanon started repatriating nationals stranded abroad

Lebanon started repatriating nationals stranded abroad in its first flight in weeks since it closed its international airport to stem the novel coronavirus.

03:42 pm

UAE: Dubai Residents to Get Free Bus Rides; 50% Discount on Taxi Fares

Public bus services in Dubai will be free and the emirate’s taxis will offer a 50 percent discount for people permitted to leave their homes during the extended curfew.

03:29 pm

Pope tells young people not to be afraid of helping others, as he leads mass in an empty church

During a Palm Sunday mass held in a deserted church, Pope Francis has told young people on Sunday not to be afraid to put their lives on the line for others during the coronavirus pandemic.

Normally celebrated outdoors in front of thousands of tourists, the Pope instead spoke in the presence only of a small handful of priests and nuns and a reduced choir, who all maintained a safe distance from one another.

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03:02 pm

10 New Cases in Bahrain

The Ministry of Health has confirmed that there are 267 active cases in Bahrain, including 10 new cases today.

Currently, a total of 43,579 people have been tested and the total number of confirmed active cases is 267, amongst which 3 patients are in critical condition. Currently, 427 patients have been discharged and 4 deaths have been confirmed.

02:55 pm

UK steps up efforts to bring home stranded British travelers

The UK government is ramping up efforts to bring home thousands of travellers stranded overseas by coronavirus with a new package of extra flights and 10 additional airlines joining its scheme to keep commercial routes open and get British people back to the UK.

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The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has advised all British travellers to return to the UK now.

From next week the government will start to bring stranded British travellers back from India with flights from Delhi, Goa and Mumbai, the FCO said.

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The 14 airlines that have signed up to the plan to get Britons home are Air Tanker, Blue Islands, British Airways, Eastern Airways, EasyJet, Jet2.com, Jota Aviation, Loganair, Norwegian, Ryanair, Titan Airways., TUI, Virgin and Wizz.

02:34 pm

Iran to ease restrictions despite rising death toll

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said that some of its restrictions imposed to slow down the spread of coronavirus will be eased in the coming days, according to state news agency IRNA, even as the country’s death toll rose by 151 today.

Low-risk businesses, such as printing houses, clothes stores and book shops, will resume their activities on April 11 in different provinces other than Tehran. The resumption of low-risk activities in the capital Tehran will be allowed from April 18, Rouhani said.

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It comes as the country confirmed another 151 deaths, bringing the total number of fatalities to 3,603.

There has also been a spike of 2,483 coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases to 58,226, Health Ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpoor announced on state television Sunday.

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02:13 pm

Bahrain: ‘Positive Response’ to COVID-19 Preventive Measures

Bahrain’s measures to prevent the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection is progressing on a healthy path with citizens and residents here responding positively to the lockdown measures installed.

Latest Google data, released to help public health officials understand responses to social distancing guidance related to COVID-19, confirms this trend.

According to the tech giant’s data showing mobility changes, Bahrain recorded a 45 per cent fall in visits to the locations of restaurants, cafes, shopping centres, theme parks, museums, libraries, and movie theatres.

Trips to grocery markets, food warehouses, farmers markets, speciality food shops, drug stores, and pharmacy locations fell 22pc.

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The report, based on users’ movements, further shows a 40pc fall in visits to places like national parks, public beaches, marinas, parks, plazas, and public gardens. Mobility trends for places like public transport hubs such as subway, bus, and train stations show a 38pc decline.

Visits to workplaces fell by 25pc, while it shows a 16pc increase in mobility trends for places of residence. The data is compared to a baseline or median value for the corresponding day of the week, during the 5 weeks from Jan 3- Feb 6, 2020.

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The move comes as technology companies have been asked by government agencies and health officials to share more data to aid in the coronavirus response.

Bahrain has toughened its fight against coronavirus outbreak by rolling out emergency measures including limiting public gathering and requiring restaurants to function only as take away and delivery services on 17 March 2020.

01:40 pm

Spain records lowest rise in deaths since early March

Another 674 people have died of coronavirus in Spain in the past day, the lowest daily rise in percentage terms since early March.

The country has now seen 12,418 deaths from its devastating outbreak, the most anywhere in the world apart from Italy.

But the evidence strongly suggests that the nation is through the worst of the pandemic, with the pace of new cases and deaths decelerating.

The Health Ministry’s data shows there are now 80,261 active cases of Covid-19 in Spain, an increase of 1,488 from Saturday – but also the smallest daily rise since March 17. The rise in the number of new cases has been declining in percentage terms since March 24.

01:20 pm

Coronavirus may spread through normal breathing: US scientists

The new coronavirus might spread through the air via normal breathing and speaking, a top US scientist said yesterday as the government was poised to recommend the use of face masks for everyone.

Anthony Fauci, head of infectious diseases at the National Institutes of Health, told Fox News the guidance on masks would be changed “because of some recent information that the virus can actually be spread even when people just speak, as opposed to coughing and sneezing.”

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As it stands, the official advice is that only sick people need to cover their faces, as well as those caring for them at home. Fauci’s comments come after the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) sent a letter to the White House on April 1 that summarised recent research on the subject.

It said that though the research isn’t yet conclusive, “the results of available studies are consistent with aerosolisation of virus from normal breathing.” Until now, US health agencies have said that the primary pathway of transmission is respiratory droplets, about one millimetre in diameter, expelled by sick people when they sneeze or cough.

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These quickly fall to the ground around a meter away. But if the virus can be suspended in the ultrafine mist we expel when we exhale, in other words an aerosol, it becomes much harder to prevent its spread, which in turn is an argument in favour of everyone covering their faces.

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12:51 pm

Free bus services and 50% off taxis for essential workers during Dubai lockdown

12:30 pm

UK still seven to 10 days from peak, says expert

The UK is likely around seven to 10 days from seeing its coronavirus outbreak start to flatten, a leading epidemiologist has predicted.

Neil Ferguson, whose model influenced the UK government’s coronavirus response, told the BBC on Sunday: “We think this epidemic in the UK will plateau in the next week to 10 days.”

The UK has seen more than 4,000 deaths from Covid-19 and is roughly following the trajectory of countries including Spain and Italy, which have each suffered more than 10,000 fatalities.

12:06 pm

Coronavirus Conspiracy Theorists are Burning 5G Towers in Britain

Three recent mobile phone mast fires around the UK are being investigated as possible arson, amid concerns that people are attacking telecoms infrastructure because of a conspiracy theory linking 5G technology to the spread of coronavirus.

The mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, also revealed he had received threats relating to the “bizarre” theory, which has gained traction on social media.

Fire crews managed to get the fire under control quickly and were photographed parked outside the field shortly after it was extinguished.

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Speaking at Saturday’s Downing Street press conference, cabinet secretary Michael Gove said the theories were “dangerous nonsense”. Professor Steve Powis, national medical director of NHS England, condemned them as “the worst kind of fake news”.

Social media posts from celebrities, such as the singer Anne-Marie, have helped spread the theory, while Amanda Holden, a judge on Britain’s Got Talent, shared a link to an online petition promoting the false rumour that the symptoms of coronavirus are caused by residing near a 5G mast.

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The government is increasingly concerned about the impact of the spread of such false theories.

International radiation experts have repeatedly made clear that the new high-speed telephone system does not pose a risk to humans, while pointing out that the coronavirus has spread widely in many countries without any 5G coverage, such as Iran.

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11:57 am

Bahrain: Tomato, Onion Prices Drop Thanks to Imports

The Central Market of Manama showed a significant decrease in the prices of Indian onions, which reached half of its price after the arrival of huge quantities of Indian onions to the local market.

According to dealers in the Manama market, tens of tons began to go down today, contributing to a drop in prices in the wholesale market from about 600 fils per kilo to nearly 300 fils.

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These developments coincide with positive news from Jordan, as Jordan allowed the export of agricultural products exceptionally, especially tomatoes, despite the decision last month to ban exports of Jordan local market in line with the outbreak of Coronavirus.

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This has affected the prices of tomatoes to decrease to two and a half dinars for the box in the wholesale market, compared to 3 and a half dinars last week.

The price of lemons remains high, at approximately 1.5 dinars in the retail market, due to a problem related to export in South Africa, which led to pressure on the market, especially with Turkey’s bans on export.

11:51 am

Nearly 3,000 released from Sri Lanka prisons

Sri Lanka has been under a countrywide curfew since March 20. Five people have died due to the virus and the total number of confirmed cases have risen to 166.

11:45 am

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson admitted to hospital for tests

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to a hospital on Sunday for coronavirus tests, according to a statement released by Johnson’s office.

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11:40 am

German death toll rises to 1,342

Germany’s coronavirus death toll has risen to 1,342, the country’s disease and control agency, the Robert Koch Institute, said.

That figure is an increase of 184 deaths on Saturday.

The total number of confirmed cases has risen by nearly 7‪% from Saturday to Sunday. Germany now has 91,714 coronavirus cases, an increase of 5,936 in 24 hours.

11:30 am

At least 331,151 coronavirus cases in the United States

There are at least 331,151 cases of coronavirus in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins University’s tally of cases.

At least 9,441 people have died in the US from coronavirus.

As of Sunday, there have been at least 18,906 new cases and at least 945 new deaths reported in the US.

11:08 am

Thailand

Thailand has confirmed a spike of 102 cases of coronavirus and three new deaths in the past day, Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health said.

The total number of reported cases in the country is now 2,169 with a death toll of 23.

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11:00 am

Kuwait confirms recovery of 6 cases, count at 99

Kuwaiti Minister of Health Shaikh Dr. Basel Al-Sabah, announced on Sunday the recovery of 6 cases from the novel coronavirus, raising the country’s total recoveries to 99.

 

 

10:47 am

USA: At least 305,820 cases

There are at least 305,820 coronavirus cases in the US

At least 8,291 people have died in the US from coronavirus.

On Saturday, at least 27,867 new cases were reported, and at least 1,139 new deaths in the US have been reported.

10:47 am

France death toll passes 7,500

France’s health director said that 7,560 people have died of coronavirus-related issues in France since the start of the epidemic in the country, including at least 2,028 in nursing homes.

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10:33 am

Bahrain: Schools Require Clear E-Learning Strategy

All higher education institutions have presented the plans they are implementing regarding the application of e-learning systems to ensure the continuity of the educational and academic process, as well as achieve the expected outputs.

Higher Education Council’s (HEC) Assistant Secretary-General for Evaluation and Accreditation, Dr Muna Al-Balushi asserted that necessary standards and guidelines for organising the implementation of the e-learning and distance learning systems have been set, which are in line with the institutional accreditation standards in force in the Kingdom, and to which private higher education institutions should be committed.

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Among the most important guidelines and standards is that the institution should have a clear strategy towards e-learning and distance learning in the circumstances that require it.

10:11 am

Coronavirus: Oman Reports 21 New Cases, 2 Deaths

Oman reports 21 new cases of the novel coronavirus and two virus-related deaths, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 298, the Ministry of Health says.

09:58 am

Singapore tightens measures

Singapore has expanded its stay-home notice (SHN) this weekend, to include countries such as France, India, Switzerland and all of the ASEAN region, the ministry of health said in a statement.

The SHN will require the Singaporeans, long-term pass holders and permanent residents returning from the listed nations to self isolate in their homes for 14 days.

Singapore saw a spike of 75 new cases on Saturday, bringing the total number to 1,189. Nearly 300 people have recovered.

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09:56 am

Bahrain’s Embassy to Amman evacuates citizens from Jordan

09:44 am

Bahrain’s Embassy to Riyadh facilitates citizens’ return from Saudi

09:33 am

The US is sending planes to evacuate Americans from India

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09:26 am

Bahrain: Pharmacy Closed for Hiking Sanitizer Prices

The Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism closed a pharmacy for hiking the prices of sanitisers.

The pharmacy which is located in the area of Riffa was found in breach of Law 35 of 2019 on consumer protection.

09:15 am

Bahrain: ‘Be Aware’ Bracelets to Track Self-Isolating Individuals

The Information & eGovernment Authority (iGA) has begun distributing electronic bracelets compatible with the Kingdom’s COVID-19 contact tracing app, ‘BeAware’.

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09:13 am

Two-Week Lockdown in Dubai

Dubai’s nighttime curfew has been extended to all day and all night for two weeks, subject to renewal, as the city continues its sanitation program to counter the spread of coronavirus, according to an announcement by the emirate’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management.

Since late March, the emirate has imposed strict restrictions on movement between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. as it seeks to sterilize the city. Starting at 8 p.m. on Saturday, the curfew will now apply at all times, with stricter restrictions on movement imposed.

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Members of the public are allowed to go out for essential needs only, such as buying food. Only one family member is permitted to leave the house. The committee added that legal action will be taken against violators.

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09:00 am

India: Total cases at 3,374

Indian authorities have confirmed 3,374 novel coronavirus cases inside the country as of 9 a.m. on Sunday morning Indian time, the country’s Health Ministry reported.

A total of 302 cases and two fatalities have been reported since Saturday evening.

Seventy-seven patients have died, while 267 have been discharged.

08:44 am

Hope As Scabies Drug Eliminates Coronavirus in 3 Days

A drug prescribed for scabies has been shown to stop the coronavirus in its tracks and may help fight the infection, according to a study.

Ivermectin is used for parasitic infections – but researchers in Australia believe it could be useful against COVID-19.

Tests showed the drug reduced levels of the virus by 99.8 per cent within 48 hours. It had been completely eliminated after three days.

It’s believed the drug works by paralysing the SARS-CoV-2 virus and ‘overwhelming its nervous system’, preventing it from replicating. Scientists at the Royal Melbourne Hospital believe ivermectin may, in turn, reduce the severity of the life-threatening disease.

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They are now urging for ivermectin to be trialled on coronavirus patients, as experts continue the race against time to find a cure.

08:32 am

Japan: 336 new cases

Japan has confirmed 336 new coronavirus cases — 118 in Tokyo alone — the country’s Health Ministry said Sunday. One additional death was confirmed.

Nearly 4,000 cases have now been identified in the country, 712 related to the Diamond Princess cruise ship. Eighty-one people have died, including 11 from the Diamond Princess.

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08:14 am

Mainland China recorded 30 new cases and 3 deaths

This raises the national case total to 81,669. Three deaths were reported on Friday, bringing the national toll to 3,329.

07:58 am

81 new cases identified in South Korea

South Korea reported 81 new cases of novel coronavirus on Saturday, bringing the national total to 10,237. A total of 6,463 people have recovered and been discharged.

Six more people died as a result of the virus, bringing the national death toll to 183.

07:45 am

US reports most deaths in one day as 1,224 die on Saturday

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