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10:51 pm

Bahrain: Total cases reach 1,040 after highest single-day increase of 115

The Ministry of Health in Bahrain recorded 24 more new cases rising today’s total to 115, which is the highest single-day increase. Read more…

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07:48 pm

India: World’s Biggest Lockdown To Extend For 2 Weeks

India has decided to extend a strict nationwide lockdown imposed last month to stop the spread of the coronavirus, a top official says. Read more…

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07:30 pm

Britain’s Interior Minister says “Sorry!”

Britain’s interior minister said on Saturday she was sorry if health workers felt there had been failings to get personal protective equipment (PPE) to the front line.

Doctors and nurses have complained that there have been PPE shortages for frontline staff and when asked directly if she would apologise for this, Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “I am sorry if people feel there have been failings.”

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

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07:10 pm

New York: At least 343 homeless people test positive

At least 343 homeless people have tested positive for Covid-19, according to a city official at the press conference with Mayor Bill de Blasio today.

About 20 of those individuals have died, the official said. So far, 37 homeless people have been discharged from the hospital, 139 are in isolation within the shelter system, 81 are still in the hospital and 35 are in self-isolation with their families, the official added.

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07:09 pm

Iran begins lifting restrictions after coronavirus lockdown

Iran began reopening government offices on Saturday after a brief nationwide lockdown to help contain the worst coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East, which has killed more than 4,300 people in the country. Read more…

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06:56 pm

UAE announces 376 new cases, 4 deaths

The United Arab Emirates reported 376 new cases, raising the total number of cases in the country to 3,736, the Ministry of Health announced. Read more…

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06:07 pm

United Kingdom’s coronavirus death toll rises by 917

The United Kingdom’s death toll from coronavirus has risen by 917 to reach 9,875, according to new figures released by the Department of Health and Social Care.

The numbers are current as of 5 p.m. local time (12 p.m. ET) April 10.

Overall, the department says 78,991 people have tested positive for the virus since the outbreak began.

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05:38 pm

US coronavirus cases top 500,000 with at least 18,777 dead

There are at least 501,615 cases of coronavirus in the US and at least 18,777 people have died in the US from coronavirus, according to a Johns Hopkins University’s tally of cases in the United States.

The totals includes cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other U.S. territories, as well as all repatriated cases.

Wyoming is the only state that is not reporting a death from coronavirus.

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05:22 pm

Qatar reports 216 new coronavirus cases

Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) announced another 216 new confirmed coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of infections to 2, 728, Qatar News Agency reported. Read more…

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05:02 pm

Spain: Nearly 60,000 people have recovered

A total of 59,109 people in Spain have now recovered after contracting coronavirus — an increase of more than 11,000 over the past three days — according to new data from the Spanish Health Ministry released Saturday.

However, the number of deaths recorded in Spain has risen by 510 in the past 24 hours, an increase of 3.2%. The total number of deaths stands at 16,353.

The number of active cases rose to 86,390 (a figure that excludes those who have died or recovered from the virus). That’s an increase of 1.5% — slightly higher than the rate of increase over the past four days.

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04:47 pm

Japan calls on citizens to avoid nightlife entertainment spots

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called on citizens to refrain from visiting nightlife entertainment venues as the country sees increasing spikes in coronavirus infections.

Speaking at a meeting of the national coronavirus task force on Saturday, Abe asked people to avoid going to evening spots such as nightclubs and bars and follow the social distancing guidance.

Abe also urged businesses in seven prefectures, including Tokyo, to cut down the number of people going to the office by at least 70% and implement work from home systems.

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The prime minister on Tuesday said Japan needs to reduce 70-80% of human contacts in the next two weeks to reverse the increasing trend of new coronavirus cases.

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Despite Abe’s plea, urban cities in the country haven’t seen a drastic reduction in the number of commuters.

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04:06 pm

Kuwait Reports 161 New Cases – Total at 1,154

The Kuwaiti Ministry of Health announced, Saturday, that 161 people were infected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 1,154. Read more…

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03:34 pm

Bahrain Records 18 More Cases Today

The Ministry of Health in Bahrain recorded 18 more new cases, totaling 91 as today’s total reported cases.Earlier, 73 cases were recorded in the… Read more…

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03:22 pm

Iran

Iran’s new coronavirus death toll has risen to 4,357 with 125 new deaths, a health official in Iran said. The country’s total number of people infected has reached 70,029, he added.

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03:01 pm

Spain

Spain’s daily coronavirus death toll fell for the third day in a row after 510 fatalities were reported in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said in a statement, marking the smallest overnight increase since March 23.

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02:48 pm

Belgium

Belgium has confirmed that 327 people have died from COVID19, while there have been 1,351 new cases recorded.

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02:27 pm

Malaysia

Malaysian health authorities reported 184 additional confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, raising the cumulative tally to 4,530, the highest number for any country in Southeast Asia.

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02:06 pm

Indonesia

Indonesian health ministry said 330 more people have tested positive for coronavirus, bringing total to 3,842.

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01:56 pm

Austria gradually lifts lockdown after Easter

Stringent lockdown measures at two prominent Austrian ski resorts have been extended by more than two weeks after coronavirus tests showed the virus is still widespread in the Alpine province of Tyrol, local authorities said.

Speaking at a press conference Friday, Tyrol Governor Guenther Platter said, “Due to the continued existence of infection chains, on the advice of medical experts, we have no choice but to extend the quarantines for the Paznaun Valley and St. Anton for a further two weeks until April 26.”

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01:49 pm

Bahrain: 629 People Complete Preventive Quarantine Period

Today, 39 cases, who were isolated as part of preventive quarantine, have completed their necessary quarantine period and all laboratory tests were completed to ensure their safety from coronavirus (COVID-19). 

The total number of people who have completed their preventive quarantine period is 629 so far.

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01:35 pm

United Kingdom

UK health minister Matt Hancock said the country has not yet reached the COVID-19 peak required before the government will consider easing restrictions of movement

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01:14 pm

Middle East Countries Fly Stranded Citizens Home

Scores of people have been returned back to their home countries in a series of repatriation flights amid the coronavirus outbreak. Read More…

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12:57 pm

Kuwait

10 more people have recovered from coronavirus in Kuwait, bringing total to 133.

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12:37 pm

Philippines bans medical staff from working abroad

The Philippines has banned medical staff from working in other countries, sparking tensions as the island nation struggles to battle the coronavirus.

The order, signed by the Labor Secretary on April 2, prohibits physicians, nurses, medical technicians and other medical staff from working abroad while the country remains under a state of emergency.

The order says the Philippines sends 13,000 medical workers abroad every year — yet faces a shortage of 290,000 health workers at home.

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12:06 pm

South Korea: Quarantine violators will have to wear tracking bracelet

South Korea will use electronic bracelets to monitor people who violated quarantine orders, Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said at a briefing today.

The issue of people violating quarantine has “raised public concerns,” Chung said.

In a government survey, more than 80% of respondents supported the use of electronic bracelets, with many saying that preventing the virus from spreading further was the most important consideration.

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11:46 am

Barbershop Shut Down For Violations In Bahrain

A barbershop was shut down for violating the official store ban and secretly providing services, announces the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism. Read more…

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11:14 am

UK: Woman aged 102 recovers from Covid-19

Defying all the odds, a woman aged 102 recovered from Covid-19 and was discharged from the Aintree Hospital in Liverpool, local media reported.

Nurses lined the corridor, cheering and applauding, as the unnamed patient — one of the oldest patients on the ward — left to return to her care home in the city, Xinhua news agency reported on Friday, April 10.

Hailing her recovery as “a breath of fresh air” in a message to staff, hospital managers said “Everyone on the ward will miss (her), who has been discharged back to her care home, as she had been keeping them all entertained during her stay,” the Liverpool Echo reported.

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The “brilliant news” came after recent reports that two members of the staff, including a 68 year old nurse, had died recently from Covid-19, according to the Liverpool Echo.

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10:53 am

US records more than half a million cases

The US has 500,399 cases of the novel coronavirus, passing the grim half-million milestone late Friday local time.

The national death toll has passed 18,000, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

New York remains the epicenter of the country’s outbreak, with 174,481 cases statewide and 7,884 deaths.

New Jersey has the next highest number of cases, at 54,588.

Wyoming is the only US state yet to report a coronavirus death.

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10:37 am

Oman Reports 62 New Cases

The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Saturday announced the registration of 62 new coronavirus cases in the country. Read more…

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10:37 am

The pandemic could threaten global food supply

As the novel coronavirus pandemic shuts down businesses globally and sends countries into lockdown, the disruptions are threatening to cut off supply chains and increase food insecurity.

The issue isn’t food scarcity — it’s the world’s drastic measures in response to the virus.

“Supermarket shelves remain stocked for now,” the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said in a report released late last month. “But a protracted pandemic crisis could quickly put a strain on the food supply chains, a complex web of interactions involving farmers, agricultural inputs, processing plants, shipping, retailers and more.”

Border closures, movement restrictions, and disruptions in the shipping and aviation industries have made it harder to continue food production and transport goods internationally — placing countries with few alternative food sources at high risk

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10:15 am

Brazil: Death toll almost tripled in a week

The number of coronavirus deaths in Brazil has almost tripled in a week, health authorities said.

The national death toll was 359 on April 3. On April 10, it reached 1,056.

The country now has 19,789 cases, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has continuously rejected containment measures that affect the country’s economy, saying the financial impact is much worse than the pandemic itself.

He has previously dismissed the coronavirus as a “little flu,” and pushed to lift self-isolation measures imposed by governors in several affected Brazilian states.

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10:07 am

Bahrain

The Ministry of Health had announced 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.

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09:45 am

Teen’s Death In Remote Amazon Tribe Threatens Brazil’s Indigenous People

A 15-year-old boy from the Yanomami tribe in Brazil’s northern Amazonian territory has died after being admitted to a hospital last week with symptoms related to the coronavirus, raising concerns about the coronavirus’ impact on the region’s indigenous people.

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09:25 am

Bahrain: Tamkeen Announces Support Program For COVID-19 Hit Businesses

Tamkeen has announced the launch of the kingdom’s Business Continuity Support Program, providing financial grants to small and micro enterprises with an active CR or a valid licence. Read more…

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09:20 am

UAE

The UAE’s health ministry has confirmed that 370 people have tested positive for coronavirus, raising the total to 3,360, state news agency WAM reported.

The ministry also recorded two more deaths, bringing the total death toll in the country to 16.

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08:32 am

Uruguay

Uruguay evacuated 112 Australians and New Zealanders from a cruise ship that has been anchored off the South American country’s coast since March 27 with more than half its passengers and crew infected with the coronavirus. Officials say the evacuees will be flown to Australia early Saturday.

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08:04 am

Oman

Oman’s foreign ministry coordinated with the Omani embassy in Kuwait to repatriate 29 of its citizens back to the Sultanate, state news agency ONA said.

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07:05 am

Bahrain: 72 New Coronavirus Cases Are of Expat Workers

The Ministry of Health announced that 72 of the 73 new cases are of expat workers who have been detected as part of an ongoing… Read more

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06:57 am

Bahrain Records 73 New Coronavirus Cases Today

The Ministry of Health of Bahrain recorded 73 new cases today early morning, 1 of which is from abroad, and the remaining 72 cases… Read more

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