Live Updates: Coronavirus has infected over a half-million worldwide

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07:58 pm

First NYPD detective dies from coronavirus

The first New York Police Department detective has died from coronavirus, according to multiple law enforcement officials.

The detective was in his 40s and worked in the 32nd precinct which serves the northeastern portion of Harlem, the officials said.

He was admitted to a Bronx hospital three days ago and had underlying health conditions, according to the law enforcement officials.

07:44 pm

Korean Netflix Series Predicted Coronavirus Two Years Ago?

MY SECRET, TERRIUS is a South Korean Netflix series which is trending across the world amid the coronavirus outbreak with many fans unnerved by its prescient story. Click here to watch the video

07:27 pm

Long Fight Ahead: Cases Cross 600,000 worldwide!

The number of confirmed coronavirus infections worldwide topped 600,000 on Saturday as new cases stacked up quickly in Europe and the United States and officials dug in for a long fight against the pandemic. Read more…

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07:19 pm

Egypt announces that the export of legumes will be halted for 3 months due to coronavirus.

07:06 pm

Russia announces it will close the border to slow coronavirus spread

06:56 pm

UAE: Sterilisation Drive Extended For One More Week

The UAE says a disinfection campaign will continue for another week. At the same time, the health ministry  said 63 new cases had been detected, taking the total tally up to 468. Read more…

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06:45 pm

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia says a fourth person has died after being infected with coronavirus and the total number of cases has reached 1,203.

06:34 pm

Turkey: Strict Restrictions Imposed To Fight Coronavirus

Turkey has set stricter measures amid the COVID-19 pandemic on Friday, including restricting people’s travel and closing public spaces, state-owned daily Hurriyat reported. Read More…

05:58 pm

UK: The number of deaths rise above 1,000

The number of people hospitalized in the United Kingdom with coronavirus who have died is now 1,019, according to the latest figures released by the UK’s Department of Health and Social Care on Saturday.

The deaths were recorded as of 1 p.m. ET on Friday and show an increase of 260 people since the last update.

As of 5 a.m. ET Saturday, 17,089 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK.

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05:14 pm

Iraq: 48 new cases recorded with two new deaths

05:00 pm

Britain’s Secretary of State for Scotland Alister Jack has developed mild symptoms consistent with coronavirus and is self-isolating, a spokeswoman for his ministry said on Saturday.

04:40 pm

Iran: Coronavirus Death Toll Rises To Over 2,500

Iran’s death toll from the coronavirus outbreak rose to 2,517 on Saturday, with 139 fatalities in the past 24 hours, Health Ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said. Read more…

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04:20 pm

US: There are at least 102,702 coronavirus cases

04:00 pm

Trump approves Michigan’s disaster declaration

The White House announced Saturday that President Trump has approved Michigan’s request for a disaster declaration.

“Yesterday, President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Michigan and ordered federal assistance to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected,” the White House said in a statement.

This approval comes as Trump and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer have exchanged attacks in recent days about the federal response to the coronavirus as well as the actions of both leaders.

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The declaration means federal funding is available to state and eligible local governments as well as certain private nonprofit organizations for emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, for all areas in Michigan impacted by Covid-19.

03:26 pm

South Korea: Three coronavirus test kit makers obtain US FDA pre-approval

Three South Korean coronavirus kit manufacturers have obtained pre-approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), South Korea’s foreign ministry said in a press release on Saturday.

“By obtaining this FDA pre-approval, these domestic products can be sold in the US market,” the release said. The ministry did not name the manufacturers in its release.

Earlier this week, South Korean President Moon Jae-in spoke to US President Donald Trump. During the call, Trump asked Moon if South Korea would be able to provide support with medical equipment for the United States, South Korea’s Presidential Office, the Blue House, said in a statement Tuesday.

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03:07 pm

Saudi Arabia To Start UK Repatriation Flights

Saudi Arabian Airlines, Saudia, has agreed to operate exceptional commercial flights to allow British nationals and their families to return to the United Kingdom, according to the British embassy. Read more…

02:58 pm

Spain: 832 deaths in 24 hours as toll surges to 5,690

02:47 pm

Germany cases rise by nearly 15% in 24 hours

The number of coronavirus cases in Germany rose by nearly 15% in the last 24 hours after 6,294 new cases were reported, according to official numbers released Saturday by the Robert Koch Institute, the country’s infectious disease and control center.

Germany now has a total of 48,582 confirmed coronavirus cases and 325 deaths.

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02:15 pm

Kuwait Reports 10 New Coronavirus Cases Today

Kuwait reported 10 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 235, the Health Ministry announced in a statement on Saturday. Read more…

02:01 pm

Philippines

The Philippine health ministry has reported 14 new coronavirus deaths and 272 new cases.

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01:38 pm

Bahrain: Health Centres’ Working Hours Changed

Bahrain’s Health Ministry has announced the change of working hours at health centres, starting April 1.

According to the decision, health centres will be open from 07:00 am to 07:00 pm every day, while the North Muharraq Health Centre, the Yousif Engineer Heath Centre and the Hamad Kanoo Health Centre in Riffa will be open 24 hours a day. Read More…

01:19 pm

ICRP: Another Batch of Bahraini Citizens Repatriated

The Ministry of Health has today announced the safe return of citizens from Muscat, Oman, as part of the International Covid-19 Repatriation Programme. Read more…

12:56 pm

Iraq

The health ministry of Iraq’s Kurdistan has reported seven new coronavirus cases, bringing total to 122.

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12:35 pm

Germany

In Germany, the number of coronavirus cases has reached 48,582 with 325 fatalities.

12:15 pm

Morocco

Morocco has reported 13 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of infected patients to 358.

12:00 pm

Bahrain Update: 7 New Cases, 19 Recoveries

The Ministry of Health has confirmed that there are 7 new cases and 19 recoveries today. There are a total of 215 active cases in Bahrain. Read More…

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11:46 am

Oman Enters ‘Stage 3 Transmission’ – Numbers Expected to Rise

Oman has entered the community transmission stage of coronavirus, according to His Excellency Dr. Mohammed bin Said Al Hosni, Undersecretary of Ministry of Health. Read More…

11:30 am

Kuwait

Kuwait has reported seven new recovered cases of COVID-19, raising total recoveries to 64.

11:20 am

Oman: 21 new cases, total cross 150

Oman confirmed 21 new cases of coronavirus, bringing total to 152. Read more…

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11:05 am

Coronavirus Cases in Saudi Arabia rise above 1,100

The number of cases in Saudi Arabia has reached more than 1,100 with the 92 new cases announced yesterday. Read More…

10:56 am

Deadliest Day: Italy Records World’s Largest Daily Death Rate

Italy recorded its single biggest rise in deaths, with 969 more victims, to bring its total number of fatalities to 9134. Read more…

10:43 am

Weather Forecasts To Become Less Accurate

The sudden dropoff in passenger air traffic across the world in response to the coronavirus threat will likely have an impact on the computer models that guide day-to-day weather forecasting. Read More…

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10:32 am

Global cases toll has reached nearly 600,000 with more than 27,000 fatalities

10:14 am

Italy now has more coronavirus cases than China

The number of coronavirus cases in Italy has reached 86,498, according to a tally by researchers at Johns Hopkins University. That puts the European country ahead of China, where 81,946 infections have been confirmed.

Both are short of the over 104,000 cases reported in the United States. However not all countries report or measure cases in the same manner, so the true figures could be higher in Italy and China.

More than 9,000 people have died from the coronavirus in Italy, more than anywhere else in the world, followed by Spain at 5,138 deaths, and China at 3,295. In the US, there have been about 1,700 deaths so far, according to the Johns Hopkins tally.

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Italy had 969 deaths on Friday — the biggest single-day jump since the crisis began.

The country’s health system has been pushed to the brink by the outbreak, especially in the north, which has seen the highest concentration of cases.

10:01 am

UAE: Flydubai receives permission for departure to UK

Patrick Moody, the British Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, has announced, that a flydubai flight has received the permission to depart on Saturday, March 28.

The flight is open to British citizens and has seats available including the ones on the connecting flight to Heathrow. The British citizens wanting to leave the UAE urgently can book with the airline immediately. The tickets can be booked with the airline or with the booking agencies directly.

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09:55 am

Bahrain: Online Driving lectures From Tomorrow

Theoretical driving lessons will be provided online starting Sunday to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Director General of Traffic said. Read More…

09:46 am

China virus epicentre eases travel restrictions after lockdown

The Chinese city of 11 million people that was Ground Zero for what became the global coronavirus pandemic partly reopened on Saturday after more than two months of almost total isolation.

Wuhan was placed under lockdown in January with residents forbidden to leave, roadblocks ring-fencing the city’s outskirts and drastic restrictions on daily life.

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But the major transport and industrial hub has now signalled the end of its long isolation, with state media showing the first officially sanctioned passenger train arriving back into the city just after midnight. People are now allowed to enter but not leave, and many trains arriving Saturday had been fully booked days in advance.

09:30 am

India: Cases rise to 873; Death toll stands at 19

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08:56 am

Thailand

Thailand has reported 109 new cases of COVID-19, bringing total number of infections to 1,245. The country has also announced one new death from the virus – it now has six total fatalities.

08:25 am

New York: More than 26,000 cases reported

New York City now has 26,697 cases of coronavirus, according to a press release from Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office Friday.

With the additional New York City cases, New York State now has 45,934 total cases.

08:23 am

Hundreds of stranded German tourists flown out of Nepal

More than 300 German citizens stranded in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu were flown out of the country on Friday, officials said.

Hundreds more tourists remain stuck in Nepal after it imposed a lockdown and suspended all commercial flights to help contain the spread of coronavirus.

Extra chartered flights — one each by Germany and France — are arriving in Kathmandu on Saturday to evacuate more people, Debendra K. C., general manager at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport.

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08:02 am

US researchers are decontaminating N95 masks so doctors can reuse them

The N95 respirator masks that health care workers need to protect themselves while treating coronavirus patients are in dangerously short supply.

So much so that physicians are wearing used respirators, risking infection to care for patients.

But now, Duke University researchers have developed a method to clean them. The Duke Regional Biocontainment Laboratory team has already decontaminated hundreds of N95 respirators without damaging them so they can be re-worn several times. It could provide significant relief for hospitals running low on supply.

07:50 am

Air pollution drops as Europeans stay at home

The huge decline in road traffic, air travel and other business activities has led to sharp reductions in pollution over several major cities, new images published by the European Space Agency show. A similar effect has been recorded in the United States and China.

The impact of the pandemic-related restrictions on air quality is staggering. In some parts of Europe, the levels of toxic pollutants in the air have been slashed by half.

07:39 am

India: Biggest jump in new cases recorded in a day

India recorded 149 new coronavirus cases Friday — the biggest single-day jump so far, according to the country’s Ministry of Health.

The total number of cases in India stands at 873, with 19 deaths.

Maharashtra, a state in western India, has the highest number of cases at 180, followed by the southern state of Kerala with 173.

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07:16 am

South Korea: Recovered patients more than active cases

As of Saturday, more than 4,800 coronavirus patients have been discharged from isolation in South Korea, according to the country’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 4,500 remain in isolation undergoing treatment.

It marked the first time the number of recovered people has exceeded the number of people being treated since January 20, when coronavirus cases were first confirmed in the country.

06:45 am

US: More than 101,000 cases have been reported

There are at least 101,242 cases of the novel coronavirus in the United States, according to CNN Health’s tally of US cases that are detected and tested in the United States through US public health systems.

At least 1,588 people have died in the US from coronavirus.

06:14 am

FDA authorizes 15-minute coronavirus test

Federal health officials on Friday green-lit a point-of-care coronavirus test that can provide results in less than 15 minutes, using the same technology that powers some rapid flu tests.

Teased by Vice President Mike Pence in a Thursday press briefing, the new diagnostic could accelerate testing in the United States, allowing for rapid results in doctors’ offices. But shortages of critical equipment used to collect patient specimens, such as masks and swabs, could blunt its impact.

The US Food and Drug Administration authorized the test for emergency use, signaling that federal regulators were satisfied with the test’s validation data and believe its benefits outweigh any risks, such as false positives or negatives.

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The test’s maker, Abbott, said it expects to deliver 50,000 tests per day beginning next week. The technology behind the test looks for genes that are present in the virus, similar to PCR tests already on the market.

The platform used to run the test weighs less than 7 pounds, according to Abbott, and could be deployed “where testing is needed most,” such as at coronavirus hotspots.

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