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10:51 pm

Saudi: 472 New Cases, 6 More Deaths Recorded

Saudi Arabia has confirmed 472 new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours, raising the total to 4,934, according to the health ministry.

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10:45 pm

Italy’s death toll surpasses 20,000

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10:17 pm

France extends emergency measures until May 11

French President Emmanuel Macron has extended coronavirus emergency measures for another month.

In a live address to the nation, Macron said the strict measures will remain in place and the borders will be closed until May 11.

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10:10 pm

189 UN staffers test positive worldwide

Three United Nations staffers have died of coronavirus-related complications globally, and 189 staffers have tested positive for the virus as of Sunday evening, according to the deputy spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary General, Farhan Haq.

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09:55 pm

Turkish president announces lockdown for next weekend

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09:32 pm

“Masks are not an alternative to lockdown,” WHO official says

Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the World Health Organization’s health emergencies program, said as the world considers getting back to normal, it’s important to remember that “masks are not an alternative to lockdown.”

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09:31 pm

Bahrain: Total Cases of COVID-19 Rise to 1,361

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09:00 pm

UK should brace for increase in deaths this week, official says

The UK’s chief scientific adviser has said Britain will likely see an increase in Covid-19 deaths this week.

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08:48 pm

Bahrain Records 13 More Cases, Total of 225

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08:45 pm

WHO warns the number of coronavirus cases will decrease slower than they increased

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the deceleration of coronavirus cases is much slower than the acceleration.

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08:28 pm

South Korea will send 600,000 test kits to the US

South Korea will begin sending Covid-19 testing kits to the US as soon as tomorrow afternoon, an official with South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs told CNN.

Earlier today, Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said in an interview with France 24 said the country will send 600,000 test kits to the US.  It is unclear how many kits of the 600,000 could be sent tomorrow.

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08:24 pm

Bahrain: Coronavirus Tests Conducted on Delivery Workers

The Ministry of Health conducted examinations for a number of workers who work in the field of delivering external orders, whether to restaurants or shops that provide commercial activities through delivery services.

This precautionary step is part of the efforts made to prevent the spread of the virus. Random checks are being conducted for various sectors of the expatriate work.

The Ministry indicated that precautionary and preventive measures are taken for all those suspected of being infected with the virus. Laboratory tests are carried out to ensure their safety and place them under observation, in a two-week precautionary quarantine.

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08:21 pm

WHO Says Coronavirus is 10 Times Deadlier Than Swine Flu

The novel coronavirus is 10 times more deadly than swine flu, also called H1N1, which caused a global pandemic in 2009, the World Health Organization said on Monday, calling for control measures to be lifted “slowly”.

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07:36 pm

Bahrain: Social gathering is one of the causes of COVID-19

The Ministry of Health announced in a press conference that one of the main reasons for the spread of coronavirus is gathering.

This has been an evident reason amongst the infected patients in Bahrain, especially the expat workers. These expat workers were said to have gathered in their dormitories, according to the ministry.

The ministry highlighted the importance of social distancing and following all the precautionary measures issued by different authorities.

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07:20 pm

Bahrain to Start Treating Patients with Blood Plasma

The Ministry of Health is set to start using blood plasma from the recovered coronavirus (COVID-19) patients to treat COVID-19 cases. This was announced in a press conference today.

The treatment, known as ‘convalescent plasma therapy’ will be implemented by the ministry in the coming days.

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07:12 pm

Bahrain: Over 3,000 Tests Conducted Daily

Currently, the Ministry of Health is conducting over 3,000 tests on a daily basis. The ministry also mentioned that they have the capacity to increase the number of tests which shows the Kingdom’s readiness in combatting the virus.

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07:07 pm

Bahrain: The capacity for isolation, treatment and quarantine are sufficient

The Ministry of Health reiterated in a press conference that Bahrain’s capacity for isolation, treatment and quarantine are sufficient.

Only 345 out of 1,699 beds are used in public isolation centres; while only 4 beds are used out of 172 in private centres.

Meanwhile, only 947 beds are occupied in public quarantine centres out of 2,104. On the other hand, 94 out of 321 beds are occupied in private quarantine centres.

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06:57 pm

UAE

UAE confirms 172 new coronavirus recoveries and 3 deaths, bringing the total of recovered people to 852 and deaths at 25. The emirates said residency visas will not be cancelled for those who are outside the country for over 6 months in light of coronavirus regulations.

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06:28 pm

UAE: Residency, Visit Visas to Remain Valid Until End of 2020

UAE announced on Monday that all visas, entry permits and Emirates ID cards will remain valid until the end of 2020, as the country battles the coronavirus.

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06:12 pm

Iran: Cases Reach 73,303; Death Toll Rises to 4,585

Iran’s death toll from the new coronavirus has risen to 4,585, with 111 deaths overnight, a health ministry official tweeted on Monday, adding the total number of infected cases had reached 73,303 in the most-affected Middle Eastern country.

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05:57 pm

Bahrain: Initiatives Launched to Help Expatriates

The Indian Youth Cultural Congress (IYCC) National Committee have started distributing food kits for financially constrained expatriates.

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05:54 pm

At least 22,116 people have died in the US

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05:31 pm

Philippines Records 18 New Deaths, 284 More Cases

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05:30 pm

More than 11,300 in the UK have died of coronavirus

The UK’s coronavirus death toll has reached 11,329, according to figures released by the Department of Health and Social Care.

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05:20 pm

Qatar

Qatar confirmed 252 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total to 3,231 infected people.

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05:19 pm

Lebanese army to distribute aid parcels

Lebanese Army units deployed throughout the country will on Tuesday begin distributing aid packages to citizens who have lost their income because of coronavirus, the army says.

The Lebanese government had earlier pledged to allocate 75 billion Lebanese Liras (about US$4.97 million) in social aid to those in need.

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04:51 pm

UAE: Emirates Resumes Limited Passenger Flights to More Cities

Dubai airline Emirates is operating limited outbound flights to selected destinations to facilitate the return of UAE residents and visitors wishing to go back to their home countries.

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04:50 pm

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tested negative for coronavirus before leaving hospital

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tested negative for coronavirus before being discharged from hospital, his official spokesman said Monday.

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04:45 pm

300,000 people return to work in Madrid as some restrictions lift across Spain

Around 300,000 non-essential workers have gone back to their jobs Monday in the Madrid region, a spokesman for Madrid’s regional government told CNN.

Despite still reporting hundreds of new infections every day, the Spanish government announced it would begin rolling back some of its tough lockdown restrictions after the Easter holiday.

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04:17 pm

Bahrain: Temperature Checks Mandatory at Workplaces

According to the circular issued by the Labor and Social Development Ministry, the employers or their representatives should take the temperature of all workers upon entering the work sites, exit during the working hours and when leaving.

In case of high temperature, the employer is to move the employee away and call 444 for a closer monitoring and necessary medical care.

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04:07 pm

Bahrain: Employers Must Provide Face Masks to Employees

The Labor and Social Development Ministry has stipulated that employers in the private sector must provide preventive face masks and obligate all employees to wear them in workplaces in order to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

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03:32 pm

US records at least 557,590 coronavirus cases, and at least 22,109 deaths

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03:20 pm

Spain records second-lowest daily rise in deaths for three weeks

Another 517 coronavirus-related deaths have been reported in Spain in the past 24 hours –the second-lowest daily rise in deaths for three weeks — according to Spanish Health Ministry data released Monday.

In the past three weeks, the daily number of deaths has only fallen below 600 on two occasions.

The country has now recorded a total of 17,489 deaths with 87,280 active cases.

The increase in infections — 624 new cases were recorded on Monday — is higher than Sunday’s rise, but in the middle of the range recorded over the past week.

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The daily increase in those listed as having “recovered” from the virus was lower than those reported in the past two weeks, at 2,336.

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03:16 pm

Bahrain: 751 Active Cases, 591 Discharged

The Ministry of Health in Bahrain recorded 212 new cases today, bringing the total count of active cases to 751. This is the highest single-day increase ever reported.

The Ministry of Health also announced that 206 new cases today are of expat workers and the remaining 6 cases reported are contacts from existing cases.

This information is based on active cases in the webpage that was developed to show up-to-date Coronavirus (COVID-19) information in Bahrain.

Currently, a total of 65,768 people have been tested and the total number of confirmed active cases is 751, amongst which 4 patients are in critical condition. To date, 591 patients have been discharged and 6 deaths have been confirmed.

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03:15 pm

The US is “nearing the peak right now,” health official says

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03:07 pm

Iran COVID-19 cases up to 73,303, death toll increases to 4,585

Iran’s death toll from the new coronavirus has risen to 4,585, with 111 deaths overnight, a health ministry official tweeted on Monday, adding the total number of infected cases had reached 73,303 in the most-affected Middle Eastern country.

“Fortunately 45,983 of those infected with the virus have recovered … There were 1,617 new infected cases in the past 24 hours,” tweeted Alireza Vahabzadeh, an adviser to Iran’s health minister.

Health Ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur told state TV that 3,877 of those infected with the new coronavirus were in critical condition.

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02:53 pm

Gulf Air Helps Repatriate Bahrainis from Abroad

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, is helping repatriate Bahraini citizens as part of the Kingdom’s International COVID-19 Repatriation Programme (ICRP).

Gulf Air has successfully returned Bahraini citizens from the United Arab Emirates, the Sultanate of Oman, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Republic of Turkey.

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02:50 pm

Swiss coronavirus numbers rise

At least 25,580 people have so far tested positive for the virus in Switzerland, according to The Swiss Federal Office for Health — an increase of 280 in the past 24 hours.

885 people have so far died. Switzerland’s coronavirus incidence rate is one of the highest in Europe, the office pointed out, with 298 cases recorded per 100,000 inhabitants.

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02:47 pm

USA

US records at least 557,590 coronavirus cases, and at least 22,109 deaths

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02:31 pm

Emirates announces limited flights to Chicago, Manila, Tunis, others

Emirates is planning to operate limited flights to Chicago, Manila, Kabul, Jakarta, Algiers, Tunis and Taipei, in addition to flights to London and Frankfurt, according to a statement.

The airline confirmed on Saturday that it would commence flights to several destinations following a suspension of all flights by UAE authorities on March 24 to contain the spread of the coronavirus, official known as COVID-19.

“These services will facilitate residents and visitors wishing to return home,” the statement read, but it did not say when the flights would take place.

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As a precaution against the spread of the coronavirus, magazines and other print reading material will not be available on board, and online check-in and seat selection have been suspended.

Cabin baggage has also been limited to a laptop, handbag, briefcase, and baby items. All other baggage must be checked in, the airline said.

Only citizens of the destination country and those who meet the entry requirements will be allowed to board.

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02:15 pm

UK nurses can refuse to treat Covid-19 patients as a “last resort” if they don’t have adequate protective equipment

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01:55 pm

Kuwait confirms 66 new cases, one new death

Kuwait confirmed 66 new coronavirus cases on Monday, bringing the total to 1,300, according to a health ministry spokesman.

Kuwait Health Minister Dr. Basel al-Sabah earlier announced the recovery of eight people, bringing the total number of recoveries to 150.

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01:51 pm

Bahrain: 212 New Cases

The Ministry of Health in Bahrain recorded 212 new cases today, bringing the total count of active cases to 751. This is the highest single-day increase ever reported.

Of this, 206 cases are of migrant workers who were tested at their homes while 6 are from contact with other cases.

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01:33 pm

India’s Prime Minister to address nation on last day of nationwide lockdown

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation at 10am, local time, on April 14, according to a tweet from the PM’s office.

April 14 marks the last day of the three week nationwide lockdown that was implemented on March 25.

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01:20 pm

Bahrain’s Shura Council hold first-ever remote meeting

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01:00 pm

Britain is running out of body bags

Body bags could be in danger of running out as mortuary suppliers warn they have no stocks left and health workers claim they have been forced to wrap dead coronavirus victims in sheets.

The NHS maintains it has adequate supplies of body bags, despite mortuary suppliers across the country being unable to source any more stock from overseas for weeks.

A worker at Watford General Hospital told BBC News that bed sheets were being used to wrap the dead.

GMB Union said porters had been asked to transport the dead wrapped in sheets.

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Public Health England told the publication that the use of body bags was for ‘practical reasons’ and that there was no specific reason to use them for coronavirus victims as the COVID-19 virus degraded quickly after its victim had died.

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12:47 pm

South Korea to ship virus test kits to US

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12:45 pm

COVID-19 Can Spread Through Shoe Soles, Says CDC

It has become more important now than ever for medical workers who are battling the dreaded coronavirus on the frontlines to sanitise their shoes.

A study conducted in one the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) journals titled Emerging Infectious Diseases, it was found that about half of healthcare professionals working in intensive care units carried coronavirus on the soles of their shoes.

The report also found that there was a 100 per cent positive rate from the floor of the pharmacy, where only healthcare workers and no patients travelled.

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“We highly recommend that persons disinfect shoe soles before walking out of wards containing COVID-19 patients,” advised researchers.

Shoes made from fabrics like mesh or canvas can be cleaned in the washing machine. Wash fabrics at very high temperatures (140°F) with a detergent that contains bleach to have best disinfectant results. (Bleach has been clinically proven to kill bacteria and viruses.)

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To disinfect shoes, make a mixture of 70 per cent alcohol and water, advised CDC.

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12:30 pm

Russia reports record one-day rise in coronavirus cases

Russia has seen a record daily rise in new coronavirus cases today, with the country’s coronavirus headquarters reporting 2,558 confirmed infections in 24 hours.

The figure surpasses the number of confirmed coronavirus cases over the previous 24-hour period, when cases rose by 2,186.

In total, Russia has reported 18,328 confirmed cases of Covid-19.

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12:15 pm

Oman: 128 New COVID-19 cases, Major Jump Bringing Total to 727

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11:55 am

Phuket – Thailand’s most popular island, goes into lockdown

Authorities have taken extraordinary lockdown measures to slow the spread of the Covid-19 virus in Phuket, which has emerged as the country’s coronavirus hotspot.

With 170 confirmed cases of Covid-19 as of April 10, this island of 400,000 or so residents has the highest infection rate per capita out of all of Thailand’s 77 provinces.

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11:39 am

New infection numbers in South Korea keep falling

A total of 25 new cases of the novel coronavirus were reported in South Korea today, the latest sign that the local epidemic is being kept under control by the government.

Imported infections accounted for 16 of the new cases, according to South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC).

Three new fatalities were reported, bringing the country’s death toll to 217. Overall, 10,537 cases of the virus have been recorded in South Korea.

After China, South Korea has been Asia’s most heavily-affected country by the pandemic, but strict containment measures have brought the virus under control in recent weeks.

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11:22 am

Bahrain: 572 Active Cases, 558 Recoveries

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11:18 am

UAE Could Flatten Curve in 2-3 Weeks, Says Health Official

The UAE’s coronavirus curve – the number of new cases recorded daily – could flatten in two to three weeks, according to Dr. Adil Sajwani, a family medicine doctor in the Ministry of Health and Prevention and a member of the national awareness team for COVID-19 in the UAE.

The UAE’s death rate is just 0.6 percent, and the country has reported 22 deaths, said Sajwani. The global death rate is around 4 percent, according to World Health Organization statistics.

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Sajwani said that with drive-thru testing now open in all emirates, the UAE is conducting 15,000 tests per day, which means over 100,000 each week.

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11:07 am

Bahrain: Traffic Police to Confiscate Noisy Vehicles

“Avoid making loud noises by vehicles in residential areas and installing illegal tinting,” this was announced by the General Directorate of Traffic through its official website and social media accounts.

The directorate highlighted that noisy vehicles would be confiscated for a month to avoid disturbing people who are most of the time at their homes because of the current situation. It noted that the illegal tinting would be removed by the violators at the sites.

It noteworthy that the directorate has earlier announced that it would have zero-tolerance for wrong practices, such as stunt driving and noisy car exhaust.

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The announcement urged all road users to adhere to traffic regulations and rules.

The General Directorate of Traffic stressed that punishments were allocated for any ill behaviours or violations that would disturb the safety, disrupt the traffic and infringement on the freedoms of citizens and residents such as stunt driving, drifting and noisy car exhaust.

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10:46 am

Singapore reports 233 new cases

Another 233 coronavirus cases were reported by Singapore’s Ministry of Health today, bringing the national total to 2,532.

The new cases are all locally transmitted, the ministry said. The second round of infections comes after a wave of imported cases brought to Singapore by people returning from Europe and the US.

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10:32 am

India records 796 new virus cases in 24 hours

India recorded 796 new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, bringing the nation’s total to 9,152 confirmed cases as of Monday, according to the country’s health ministry.

The death toll also rose by 35, taking the national tally to 308.

Some 857 patients have been discharged, the ministry added.

India has tested 195,748 samples as of April 12, according to the Indian Council for Medical Research.

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10:15 am

Iran Prepares 10,000 Graves in Tehran for Victims

Iran has prepared 10,000 graves for coronavirus victims in the capital Tehran, the deputy director of Tehran’s municipal urban services Mojtaba Yazdani said on Sunday.

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09:56 am

Etihad to Operate Special Flights in April

Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways will operate special flights to several destinations between April 14 and 22, the airline said in a Twitter statement.

“We’re announcing a series of additional special passenger flights from Abu Dhabi to Brussels, Dublin, London, Tokyo and Zurich,” Etihad announced in a tweet.

The United Arab Emirates is permitting a limited number of outbound-only flights for those wishing to leave the country after suspending regular services last month due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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09:55 am

Beijing tightens grip over coronavirus research

Under the new policy, all academic papers on Covid-19 will be subject to extra vetting before being submitted for publication. Studies on the origin of the virus will receive extra scrutiny and must be approved by central government officials, according to the now-deleted posts.

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09:38 am

Spain begins to lift restrictions as infections rise above 160,000

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez will lift some restrictions on movement and service despite thousands of new cases of the coronavirus being reported in the country daily.

Sánchez said that the lifting of restrictions, some of which will begin on Monday, would be progressive and measured. Spain has been one of the countries most heavily-affected by the coronavirus pandemic, with at least 166,831 infections and 17,209 fatalities as of Sunday, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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09:13 am

New York City now has more than 100,000 cases

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08:50 am

UAE: 387 new cases, 2 deaths

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08:43 am

Japan reports 530 new coronavirus cases

Japan’s health ministry confirmed 530 new coronavirus cases and four deaths on Sunday.

As of Monday, at least 7,967 cases have been reported across the country, including 712 infections from the Diamond Princess Cruise ship, according to the health ministry.

The death toll of 114 includes 12 fatalities linked to the ship.

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08:19 am

Saudi to Begin Clinical Trial of Coronavirus Medication

Saudi Arabia’s Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) approved on Sunday conducting an internationally refereed clinical trial for coronavirus (COVID-19) medication in seven hospitals in the Kingdom.

The clinical trial titled “An international randomized trial of additional treatments for COVID-19 in hospitalized patients who are all receiving the local standard of care” aims to obtain reliable data related to the effectiveness and safety of a number of antivirals in treating coronavirus: Remdesivir, Chloroquine, Lopinavir with Ritonavir and Interferon Beta 1b.

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The clinical trial is being conducted under the joint auspices of the World Health Organization (WHO) and a number of health entities in the Kingdom, under the supervision of SFDA.

There are 4,462 confirmed coronavirus cases, 59 deaths in Saudi Arabia as of Sunday, according to the ministry of health.

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08:00 am

Global cases top 1.8 million

At least 1,848,503 cases of the novel coronavirus and more than 114,000 deaths have now been reported worldwide.

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07:47 am

Cuba sends second round of medical workers to Italy

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07:32 am

China reports more than 100 new cases for first time in a month

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