Global Live Updates: Get to know the latest on COVID-19

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11:10 pm


A 13-year-old boy in London who tested positive for coronavirus has died, King’s College Hospital said on Tuesday.

10:53 pm

Europe: Portuguese airline suspends 90% of employees

Portuguese airline TAP Air Portugal has temporarily laid off 9,000 employees — about roughly 90% of its workforce — grounding most of its operations to a halt, a spokesperson for the company told CNN on Tuesday.

10:45 pm


Saudi Arabia is urging Muslims to wait before making plans to attend the annual hajj pilgrimage until there is more clarity about the deadly coronavirus pandemic, the Kingdom’s minister for hajj and umrah said.

10:30 pm

Bahrain: Inspection Tours in Shops and Hypermarkets Intensified

“Inspection tours were intensified over the morning and evening periods and included different areas in shops and hypermarkets,” announced the Inspection Department at the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism on its official website and social media accounts.

10:09 pm

French death total rises to 3,523

09:43 pm

Bahrain: Private Sector Permitted to Provide Medical Care

“The authority has granted the private sector an official permit to provide COVID-19 medical care,” this was announced by the National Health Regulatory Authority (NHRA) through its official website and social media accounts.

09:31 pm

Bahrain: 47 Among Quarantined Expat Workers Tested Positive

The Ministry of Health stated that 47 of the existing cases that were announced today are for migrant workers who had been quarantined precautionally because they are in contact with an existing condition, and after confirming the periodic results of laboratory tests carried out for those in quarantine, it was found that Tests of all 47 contact cases were positive to be added to the existing cases.

09:30 pm

Israel: 136 new cases and 3 new deaths

09:00 pm

Turkey: 2704 new cases and 46 new deaths

08:45 pm

Global Cases

Total: 828,310
Deaths: 40,735
Recoveries: 174,454

08:33 pm

Bahrain: Over 300 Total Recoveries Recorded Today

08:30 pm

Spain expands measures to ease the economic impact

The Spanish government has announced a new set of measures to further help independent workers, small companies and those most vulnerable during the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

The measures aim to “guarantee, more than ever, that people do not lose their constitutional right to housing,” said Spain’s Deputy Prime Minister Pablo Iglesias, during a press conference today.

08:15 pm

Trump expected to unveil new guidelines and provide models as rationale

The White House will formally reissue nationwide coronavirus guidelines today after President Trump — faced with dire models showing up to 200,000 American deaths and polls indicating support for social distancing and calamitous scenes at New York hospitals — determined another 30 days were necessary to avert disaster.

08:03 pm

India: Chaos Arise Amid the Wake of Coronavirus Shutdown

The announcement of a country-wide shutdown in India last week has caused millions of migrant workers to flee major cities, resulting in huge crowds risking coronavirus infection.

The unprecedented 21-day lockdown, which in terms of people is larger than the one seen in China earlier in the year, gave the 1.3 billion citizens less than four hours to prepare, throwing the country into chaos.

08:00 pm


New York state coronavirus deaths increase to 1,550 from 1,218, cases increases to 75,795 from 66,497 a day earlier, Governor Andrew Cuomo said.

07:03 pm


According to the Ministry of Health, Bahrain is now in its 6th week of combatting the virus. Bahrain is among the top countries doing the tests, with 2,000 tests are being done daily.

07:00 pm

There are now at least 162,168 cases in the US

At least 3,040 people have died in the US from coronavirus.

06:45 pm

German scientists have developed a testing method that could increase test capacity tenfold

German scientists have developed a method that could dramatically increase the capacity to test for coronavirus, the Science Ministry of the German State of Hessen says.

The new method allows for several samples to be evaluated at once, the Ministry wrote in a press release, adding that this will allow for an “increase in the test capacity in Germany from about 40,000 tests per day to about 200,000 to 400,000 tests per day without any loss of quality in the diagnostics.”

06:35 pm


The head of Moscow’s main coronavirus hospital who met with President Vladimir Putin a week ago has tested positive, he said Tuesday, as the Kremlin announced the Russian leader’s health was fine.

06:20 pm

At least 66 doctors in Italy

At least 8,956 health care workers have been infected with Covid-19. That’s an increase of more that 500 cases in the past few days.

06:15 pm

Spain to bar utility companies

Spain will bar utility companies from cutting off water and electricity to customers over unpaid bills as part of measures aimed at helping vulnerable groups hit by the coronavirus outbreak

06:02 pm

Global Cases

Total: 809,138
Deaths: 39,559
Recoveries: 172,516

06:00 pm

Today’s Updates on GCC Cases

The Ministry of Health in Bahrain has confirmed a total of 268 active cases in Bahrain, including 52 new cases. Currently, 295 patients have been discharged and 4 deaths have been confirmed.

Kuwait reported 23 new cases, raising the total number in the country to 289, the Ministry of Health announced.

Saudi Arabia recorded 110 new cases, raising the total number in the Kingdom to 1,563. Two new deaths were reported, bringing the total death toll to 10.

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Qatar confirmed 59 new cases, raising the total number of cases in the country up to 693, the ministry of health said.

UAE Health Ministry announced 53 new cases and one new death, bringing the total to 664 cases with 6 deaths.

Oman reported 13 new cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 192, the Ministry of Health said.

05:50 pm

Iran’s death toll climbs to 2,898

Health Ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur said the total number of infections has jumped to 44,606.

05:30 pm

UNICEF donates supplies to help Spain

UNICEF is donating a range of medical and protective gear to help Spain’s health system fight Covid-19, according to a tweet from UNICEF Spain.

The organization says it is providing 400,000 masks, 100,000 coronavirus test kits, 1,000 personal protection kits and alcohol-based sanitizing gels.

05:21 pm

Bahrain: Trained Cleaning Companies Start Disinfection Operations

These operations are carried out according to the pre-planned schedule. He said that the department conducted 44 training courses for around 322 individuals from cleaning and private companies. Meanwhile, the civil defence issued 33 certificates for those licenced companies and their names are listed in the official websites for combating coronavirus. Those websites are updated regularly.

05:00 pm

Paris Orly airport will stop commercial flights today

Paris Orly airport will stop commercial flights today at 5 p.m. ET.  This is the first time that Orly has closed since it opened in 1961.

04:32 pm


UAE Health Ministry announced 53 new cases of coronavirus infections and one new death, bringing the total to 664 cases with 6 deaths.

04:30 pm


The number of deaths in the Netherlands resulting from the coronavirus epidemic has risen by 175 to 1,039, health authorities said.

04:00 pm

Philippines’ cases climb past 2,000-mark

The number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the Philippines soared to 2,084, the health department said Tuesday, as the country entered the third week of its Luzon-wide lockdown in a bid to contain the virus.

03:50 pm

China to begin reporting asymptomatic cases in its daily tally

Chinese health authorities will include asymptomatic cases of the novel coronavirus in their official count starting Wednesday, according to an announcement on Tuesday.

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The move comes amid growing public concern over asymptomatic cases, of which 1,541 were under medical observation in China by the end of Monday, according to the National Health Commission (NHC). This includes including 205 cases imported from overseas.

03:46 pm

Saudi records 110 new cases

Saudi Arabia records 110 new cases of the deadly coronavirus, raising the total number of cases in the Kingdom to 1,563. Two new deaths were reported, brining the total death toll to 10.

03:45 pm

Central African Republic has only three ventilators

The Central African Republic (CAR) has only three ventilators for a population of five million, leaving the country facing a difficult battle against coronavirus, the Norwegian Refugee Council said in a statement on Tuesday.

“Three ventilators in a country of five million people is setting the country up for catastrophe,” said David Manan, Norwegian Refugee Council Country Director in the CAR, in the statement.

03:30 pm

Random Test Sampling Conducted Around Bahrain

03:30 pm

12-year-old Belgian girl becomes the youngest in Europe to die

A 12-year-old girl Belgian girl confirmed infected with the coronavirus has become the youngest person in Europe to die from the disease.

The girl had had a fever for three days before her death, and tested positive for COVID-19, said another spokesman, Steven Van Gucht.

03:30 pm

Indonesia declares state of emergency

Indonesian leader Joko Widodo declared a state of emergency Tuesday as coronavirus deaths in the world’s fourth most populous country jumped again, but he resisted calls for a nationwide lockdown.

03:15 pm

Iran cases continue to rise

Iran’s infection cases from the coronavirus reached 44,606, a health official said, while the death toll has climbed to 2,898.

03:10 pm

True number of UK deaths could be 24% more than official figures

The true death toll of the coronavirus outbreak in the UK could be 24 per cent higher than NHS figures show, according to statistics released today.

Patients who had COVID-19 mentioned on their death certificates numbered 210 in England and Wales up to March 20, the Office for National Statistics revealed.

03:10 pm

Random Test Sampling Conducted Around Bahrain

In cooperation with the Ministry of Interior through the Civil Defense and Community Service Police, The Ministry of Health continues field visits to a number of Bahrain regions to take random samples to enhance the health and safety of all.
03:02 pm

More than 2,500 people leave quarantine in Saudi Arabia

More than 2,500 guests have been able to leave quarantined hospitality facilities after 14 days, having tested negative for coronavirus.

Saudi Arabia’s health ministry said the cases completed all required medical procedures and examinations.

02:49 pm

Iran reports 3,000 new cases in one day

Iran has recorded 3,111 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 44,606.

02:27 pm

Kuwait: 23 new cases

Kuwait reported 23 new cases of the deadly coronavirus, raising the total number of cases in the country to 289, the Ministry of Health announced.

02:26 pm

Bahrain: 52 New Cases

The Ministry of Health in Bahrain has confirmed a total of 268 active cases in Bahrain, including 52 new cases.

Currently, a total of 33,852 people have been tested and the total number of confirmed active cases is 268, amongst which 2 patients are in critical condition. Currently, 295 patients have been discharged and 4 deaths have been confirmed.

02:11 pm

World-renowned NYC pediatric neurosurgeon, 73, who separated conjoined twins dies

A world-renowned NYC pediatric neurosurgeon who separated conjoined twins has died from coronavirus.

Dr James T. Goodrich, 73, died on Monday after complications related to COVID-19, the hospital where he worked announced.

He separated twins Jadon and Anais McDonald four years ago at The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City in a 27-hour surgery.

01:58 pm

US reports highest daily death count

At least 575 coronavirus deaths were reported in the United States on Monday, according to a count by CNN Health.

This is the most reported deaths in the US in a single day since the coronavirus outbreak began.

There have been a total of 3,004 virus-related deaths reported in the US during the outbreak.

01:46 pm

Dubai government to inject equity to Emirates amid travel shutdown

The Government of Dubai will support Emirates with an injection of equity as the airline suffers during the coronavirus crisis, Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed al-Maktoum said in a Tweet today.

01:24 pm


An 82-year-old woman recovered from the deadly coronavirus in Kuwait, raising the total number of recoveries in the country to 73, the Minister of Health Basel Al-Sabah confirmed on Tuesday.

Kuwait has reported 266 cases of coronavirus.

01:11 pm

Spain records record single-day death toll

Spain has recorded a record new single-day coronavirus death toll after 849 people died from the virus between Monday and Tuesday.

The country’s total number of cases now stands at 94,417 – up from 85,195 on Monday – and its death toll at 8,189.

01:00 pm

Oman – 13 new cases, total at 192

Oman reported 13 new cases of the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 192, the Ministry of Health said.

The ministry also confirmed that a total of 34 people have recovered from the virus.

Citizens and residents are urged to “adhere to the isolation procedures.”

12:56 pm

Ireland: Confirmed cases of coronavirus halves

Encouraging news from Ireland, where the daily growth rate in confirmed cases of coronavirus has halved and the country appears to have avoided an unmitigated epidemic.

The chief medical officer, Tony Holohan, agreed Ireland was seeing “encouraging signs” in the effort to flatten the curve but said the number of cases and admissions to intensive care units continued to rise, putting hospitals at risk of being swamped. Officials are especially concerned about clusters in nursing homes and hospitals.

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Ireland on Monday confirmed 295 new cases, the second-highest daily number, bringing the total to 2,910. It recorded eight deaths, bringing the death toll to 54. Northern Ireland has 533 confirmed cases and 22 deaths.

12:46 pm

Egypt records 47 new cases, one death

This brings the total number of cases infected with the virus to 656,

12:33 pm

South Korean students will start the new school year online

12:33 pm

Indonesia records 114 new cases, 14 new deaths

Indonesia confirmed 114 new coronavirus infections on Tuesday, bringing the total to 1,528

12:24 pm

Italy has extended its lockdown until Easter

The number of new coronavirus infections reported on Monday was 1,648, as opposed to 3,815 the previous day.

The death toll, however, rose again, with 812 deaths reported, compared with 756 the day before.

Italy believes the peak of its crisis will come in just over a week’s time.

12:16 pm

Cases top 787,000 globally

11:52 am

US cases are double those in China

The US has 160,020 cases and China has 82,198.

11:36 am

WHO: coronavirus epidemic is “far from over” in the Asia-Pacific region

“Let me be clear. The epidemic is far from over in Asia and the Pacific. This is going to be a long-term battle and we cannot let down our guard,” Takeshi Kasai, Regional Director for the Western Pacific at the World Health Organization (WHO) told a virtual media briefing.

11:14 am

UK Supermarket sales rocket

10:37 am

Data predicts 2,271 Americans will die on April 15

America’s deadliest day from the coronavirus pandemic is estimated to hit in two weeks with more than 2,000 deaths, according to data analysis that predicts the crisis will stretch into June.

The death toll from the coronavirus is predicted to rise to 2,271 on April 15 alone, the model analysis by the University of Washington School of Medicine shows.

The analysis, which uses data from governments, hospitals and other sources, predicts that the number of deaths will then start decreasing slowly after April 15.

Deaths per day will only drop to below 100 after June 9, according to the analysis.

Some people could continue to die of the virus as late as July, although deaths should be below epidemic levels of 10 per day by the first week of July at the latest, according to the analysis.

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Dr Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, said on Sunday that the US could experience between 100,000 to 200,000 deaths and millions of infections from the pandemic.

As of Monday, the US had more than 150,000 confirmed cases and more than 2,700 deaths. In New York state, the epicentre of the virus, there now more than 66,000 cases of the virus and 1,218 people have died.

The analysis also highlights the strain that will be placed on hospitals with the number of hospitalized patients expected to peak nationally by the second week of April – although the peak may come later in some states.

The analysis predicts that the number of US deaths could vary widely, ranging from as low as around 38,000 to as high as around 162,000, due in part to disparate rates of the spread of the virus in different regions.

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If social distancing is adhered to, the number of deaths from coronavirus is predicted to reach about 82,000 over the next four months, the analysis predicts.

The initial 15 day period of social distancing urged by the federal government expires Monday and Trump had expressed interest in relaxing the national guidelines at least in parts of the country less afflicted by the pandemic.

He instead on Sunday said he was extending them through April 30, bowing to public health experts who presented him with even more dire projections for the expanding coronavirus pandemic.

Brought forward by Trump at the outdoor briefing, Fauci said his projection of a potential 100,000 to 200,000 deaths is ‘entirely conceivable’ if not enough is done to mitigate the crisis.

10:30 am

IMF: Global Economy Faces Recession Worse Than 2009

The head of the International Monetary Fund said it is clear that the global economy has now entered a recession that could be as bad or worse than the 2009 downturn.

IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said the 189-nation lending agency was forecasting a recovery in 2021, saying it could be a “sizable rebound.” But she said this would only occur if nations succeed in containing the coronavirus and limiting the economic damage.

10:23 am

Oman: Youngest Patient is a One-Year-Old Baby

Oman’s Minister of Health HE Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Saeedi has confirmed that a one-year-old baby is the youngest in the country to contract the disease.

The number of people who are under domestic quarantine in Oman has touched 12,800 cases.

10:06 am

Germany cases increase to 61,913; death toll hits 583

09:48 am

Australians in their 20s have more confirmed cases than any other age group

Data updated daily by the federal health department shows that 11.3% of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Australia are among people aged 25 to 29, followed by 9.5% in those aged 60 to 65 – the cruise ship cohort – and 9.3% in those aged 20 to 25.

People aged 80 and older account for just 2.7% of the confirmed cases of Covid-19 but 47% of the deaths.

09:31 am

Cleaner Air Across Europe

Air pollution has decreased in urban areas across Europe during lockdowns to combat the coronavirus, new satellite images showed, but campaigners warned city-dwellers were still more vulnerable to the epidemic.

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09:13 am

Qatar reports 59 new cases, total up to 693

08:57 am

Indonesia will suspend all foreign arrivals

08:44 am

British Airways suspends flights to and from London’s Gatwick airport

08:30 am

Egypt: Great Pyramid

Egypt’s famed Great Pyramid was emblazoned Monday evening with messages of unity and solidarity with those battling the novel coronavirus the world over.

“Stay safe”, “Stay at home” and “Thank you to those keeping us safe,” flashed in blue and green lights across the towering structure at the Giza plateau, southwest of the capital Cairo.

Egypt has so far registered 656 COVID-19 cases, including 41 deaths. Of the total infected, 150 reportedly recovered.
08:22 am

Bahrain: More Private Hospitals to Provide Coronavirus Care

The National Health Regulatory Authority (NHRA) has begun granting private hospitals licences to provide medical care for active cases of COVID-19 who are asymptomatic and would like to receive treatment from a private hospital.

The licence also regulates the provision of private quarantine services for those arriving from abroad or those who have been in contact with active cases and have not yet tested positive, based on individuals’ desire and at their own expense.

Citizens, residents and visitors are still entitled to receive free COVID-19 treatment at the treatment and quarantine centres run by the Ministry of Health (MOH).

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MOH treatment and quarantine centres will remain open to meet surge capacity with current MOH treatment centre capacity standing at 1,667 beds of which 232 beds are occupied and current MOH quarantine centre capacity standing at 2,504 beds of which 215 beds are occupied.

The NHRA granted the Middle East Hospital a licence to practice private medical services for active cases of COVID-19 who are asymptomatic at the Park Regis Hotel, increasing treatment capacity by 172 beds.

Individuals arriving from COVID-19 affected countries, or those who have interacted with active COVID-19 cases, and wish to be quarantined in a private facility will be able to at the Novotel Hotel, Muharraq, where they will be monitored by a specialised medical team from the Bahrain Specialist Hospital, increasing quarantine capacity by 160 beds.

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A specialised medical team from the Middle East Hospital will temporarily convert the Best Western Hotel and Taj Plaza Hotel into private quarantine centres to provide another 260 private quarantine beds.

Active cases of COVID-19 who are asymptomatic and wish to be admitted and treated at a private hospital should call 444.

08:00 am

USA: Deaths cross 3,000

07:39 am

New study reveals increased risks from middle age

The analysis found that while the overall death rate for confirmed cases was 1.38%, the rate rose sharply with age – from 0.0016% in the under 10s, to 7.8% in 80s and over.

The study showed only 0.04% of 10 to 19-year-olds required hospital care compared with more than 18% of those in their 80s and above.

Dramatic rises were seen among middle-aged groups too, with 4% of people in their 40s needing hospital treatment and more than 8% of patients in their 50s.

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