Live Updates: Coronavirus threatens modern life, takes life of 30,000

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Saudi Arabia extended the suspension of international and internal flights as well as work in the private and public sectors until further notice as coronavirus cases rose to 1,299 — in addition to four new deaths — the Health Ministry announced on Sunday.

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Egypt: 33 new cases and 4 new deaths

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Israel: 628 new cases and 3 new deaths

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Japan: 173 new cases and 2 new deaths

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France: 2599 new cases and 292 new deaths

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Russia: Moscow orders citywide quarantine starting Monday

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Qatar: 44 new cases

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India: 37 new cases and 3 new deaths

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No Group Sports Allowed in Bahrain

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Global Cases

Total: 711,264
Deaths: 33,562
Recoveries: 150,825

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Bahrain: 1 New Case, 224 Total

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Boris Johnson’s government is reportedly furious with China’s handling of the coronavirus, with UK officials quoted on Sunday warning that Beijing faces a “reckoning” once the COVID-19 crisis is over.

UK government officials believe China is spreading disinformation about the severity of the coronavirus outbreak in its country, the Mail on Sunday reports.

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The UAE Ministry of Health said it recorded 102 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 570.

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Turkey’s deaths from the coronavirus increased by 23 to 131 on Sunday, as the number of confirmed cases rose by 1,815 to 9,217, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said.

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There are at least 130,156 coronavirus cases in the US

CNN Health also reports 2,298 people have died in total in the US from coronavirus.

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UAE Reports 102 New Cases and 1 Death

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India’s Modi apologizes for “necessary” national lockdown

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Italy records slight downward trend in deaths with 756 in past 24 hours

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Qatar Airways to Continue Operation as Long as Necessary

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Canada PM Trudeau’s wife recovers

“I am feeling so much better,” Sophie Gregoire Trudeau said in a statement on social media. She said she received the clearance from her doctor and Ottawa Public Health.

Trudeau’s office announced on March 12 that she had tested positive for the coronavirus after she fell ill upon returning from a trip to London.

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German Minister Commits Suicide Over ‘Virus Worries’

The governor of Germany’s Hesse region suggested Thomas Schaefer was in despair over the fallout from the coronavirus crisis

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Spain: 5564 new cases and 624 new deaths

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Iran: Coronavirus Death Toll Reaches 2,640

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Oman to repatriate 800 citizens from US, Canada.

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 Spain announces a record 838 deaths in 24 hours.

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UAE: Free Parking in Abu Dhabi For 3 Weeks

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Global Cases

Deaths: 32,156
Recoveries: 146,397

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UK records 209 deaths in past 24 hours

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Philippines Cases Exceed 1,000; Deaths Rise to 68

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Vietnam to halt incoming flights for two weeks

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Switzerland: 1,000 new confirmed cases in a day

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Lebanon reported 26 new cases, bringing total number to 438.

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Bahrain: Repatriation of Bahraini Students Abroad Ordered

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Saudi: Curfew Violators Posting Videos in Riyadh Arrested

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UAE: Sharjah Extends Suspension of Activities Until End of April

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New working hours at health centres across the Kingdom will take effect on April 1.

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Coronavirus: Saudi Records 8 Deaths; 1,299 Total Cases

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Iran’s death toll has climbed to 2,640 and the number of infected people has reached 38,309, a health ministry official tweeted on Sunday.

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Saudi Arabia records 8 deaths, 1,299 confirmed cases

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Global Cases

Total: 680,583
Deaths: 31,914
Recoveries: 146,366

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The Philippine health ministry on Sunday reported 343 new cases, marking the country’s largest daily increase in infections, and three additional deaths.

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Saudi Arabia seizes 5 million face masks from illegal hoarders

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1,000 new confirmed Covid-19 cases in Switzerland

Switzerland registered 1,123 new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, bringing the number of cases to 14,336, the Swiss Federal Office for Public Health said Sunday.

A total of 257 people have died due to coronavirus — an additional 22 people since Saturday, when when about 111,000 tests were carried out for Covid-19 with 13% turning out positive.

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Mexico asks citizens to stay home until April 19

Health authorities updated the cases of infections by the coronavirus in Mexico, which this Saturday reached 848 confirmed cases and 16 deaths. Authorities suspect there in fact more than 2,600 cases.

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Princess Maria Teresa of Spain becomes first royal to die from COVID-19

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Saudi: Jeddah Enters Lockdown

Residents in Saudi Arabia are banned from entering or exiting the Jeddah governorate as of today in an effort to slow the spread of the deadly coronavirus, according to a statement from the Ministry of Interior.

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A recently imposed curfew will also begin at 3 p.m. instead of 7 p.m. in the governorate, said the statement from the ministry.

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Kuwait: 20 new cases

Kuwait reported 20 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 255, according to the Kuwait News Agency.

The Ministry of Health said that seven of the new cases are linked to travel to Britain while the remaining 13 contracted the virus after being in contact with one of Covid-19 patients.

Meanwhile, Kuwait recorded three new coronavirus recoveries, bringing the total to 67,

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Bahrain: 23 new cases, 7 recoveries

With this, the total active cases stand at 223 and recoveries at 272.

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First coronavirus-related death reported in Sri Lanka

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Iran announces 123 more deaths from coronavirus over the past 24 hours, which brings the country’s total to 2,640,

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Coronavirus deaths pass 2,000 in US, with at least 121,289 cases

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Turkey suspends trains, limits domestic flights

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Spain records further 838 deaths

A further 838 people have died in Spain over the past 24 hours, the country’s health ministry has said.

It is the highest daily increase in fatalities so far, bringing the total number of deaths from the virus to 6,528. The total number of infections now stands at 78,797, up from 72,248.

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UK should prepare for “significant period” of lockdown measures, says minister

“There are different projections as to how long the lockdown might last,” Cabinet minister Michael Gove has said.

“I can’t make an accurate prediction, but everyone does have to prepare for a significant period when these measures are still in place,” Gove said.

In the UK people are banned from leaving their homes apart from for a few limited reasons after Prime Minister Boris Johnson imposed the most stringent restrictions seen in Britain since the end of World War II.

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Former French minister Patrick Devedjian dies

A French former cabinet minister and former president of the Parisian Haut-de-Seine administrative district has become one of the first high-profile politicians to die of COVID-19. Patrick Devedjian was 75.

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Australia: New Restrictions

Australia’s prime minister Scott Morrison has announced further restrictions for the population, including limiting public gatherings to just two people.

People should only leave their homes for essential reasons, and those over the age of 70 should stay home, he said.

All playgrounds and outdoor gyms parks in Australia will close from Monday.

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The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Germany has risen to 52,547 and 389 people have died of the disease.

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Bahrain: The Alumni Club will be closed until further notice

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Qatar Airways may run out of cash soon

Qatar Airways will continue to operate flights as long as necessary to get stranded travellers home but might run out of cash soon, Reuters reported.

The airline’s chief executive, Akbar al-Baker, said: “We have enough cash to take us through a very short period of time,” adding that it would eventually have to seek support from its owner, the Qatar government.

Qatar Airways is one of few global carriers to continue operating after the coronavirus outbreak reduced global travel demand drastically over the past weeks.

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New Zealand reported its first death

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Canadian PM’s wife recovers

Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, wife of the Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, said she has recovered from Covid-19. Her husband and their three children have been in isolation and haven’t shown symptoms.

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South Korea to expand two-week quarantine to all incoming travelers

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Supension of all flights across Oman to begin

The suspension of all international and domestic flights at all airports across the Sultanate will begin at 12 noon on Sunday.

The decision excludes trips to Musandam Governorate, air cargo flights and flights with Omanis returning to the Sultanate.

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Oman – 15 new cases, total at 167

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Panama to allow stranded cruise to pass

Panama’s government has said it will allow the Zaandam cruise ship to pass through the Panama Canal. No one from the ship will be allowed to disembark in Panama, however.

The Zaandam cruise ship, currently in Panama, has 130 people with flu-like symptoms, and four have died. At least two of those with symptoms are confirmed to have coronavirus.

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UAE: 63 new cases, total at 468

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Bahrain: Middle East Hospital to Provide COVID-19 Care

The National Health Regulatory Authority (NHRA) has granted permission to the Middle East Hospital as a provider of care to asymptomatic COVID-19 patients who wish to receive care in a private hospital setting. the NHRA announced.

This care will be provided at the Regis Park Hotel in Juffair, that has been set up as a Covid-19 positive health care facility. The care of the patients will be under the supervision of qualified medical staff affiliated with Middle east Hospital in accordance with the standards and guidelines applied in the Ministry of Health.

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UAE: Disinfection campaign extended

The UAE says a disinfection campaign and curfew 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

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Domestic flights in China’s Hubei province resume

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Spain: All non-essential workers must stay home

All non-essential workers must stay home over the next two weeks, in an attempt to stem the spread of coronavirus, the Spanish prime minister has announced.

They will be paid a full salary, PM Pedro Sanchez says.

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French death toll passes 2,000

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India: 979 confirmed cases

The total confirmed coronavirus cases in India rose to 979, including 48 foreigners, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

There are 867 active cases of the disease as of now, out of the total confirmed cases, while 87 persons have also been cured and discharged or migrated.

The number of deaths due to the infection rose to 25.

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Qatari Health Ministry announced 28 new cases of coronavirus infections, bringing the total to 590, as well as the country’s first coronavirus-related death.

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South Korea: 146 new cases, making its total 9,478

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Oman – 21 new cases, bringing total to 92

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48 new cases of coronavirus have been recorded in Iraq with two new deaths

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45 new cases, all but one imported, raising the national total to 81,439

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The first flight to the UK for British nationals in Saudi Arabia will take place on Sunday from Riyadh

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Spain: 832 fatalities in the last 24 hours

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Coronavirus spreads to the African region

Coronavirus has now spread to dozens of the 47 countries of the WHO Africa region, with 2,650 infected and 49 dead

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Italy’s death toll is now the highest in the world at 10,023

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Australia announces additional $678 million coronavirus package to support citizens

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Canada: No entry to flight or trains if showing symptoms

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to board domestic flights or intercity trains.

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Infections in Netherlands rise to 9,762, with 93 new deaths

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Russia announces it will close borders

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UK’s coronavirus death toll leaps by 260 in a single day to hit 1,019

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Bahrain brought back its citizens from Oman through the ICRP program

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Dubai’s free zones launch five-point Covid-19 stimulus package

The five-point-plan includes postponing rent payments for six months; payment instalments; refunding security deposits and guarantees; cancelling fines for both companies and individuals; and permitting temporary contracts that allow the free movement of labour between companies operating in the free zones for the rest of the year.

It comes on top of a package announced earlier this month to reduce business costs and improve financial liquidity of companies operating in the free zones.

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Saudi: All Flights, Private Sector Offices Indefinitely Suspended

Saudi Arabia has extended the suspension of all domestic and international flights and workplace attendance until further notice.

The Kingdom’s interior ministry said it would be extending the suspension of workplace attendance in all government agencies, except for those under the exempted sectors. Across the private sector, all workplace attendance has been suspended until further notice as well.

Internal travel within the Kingdom, including flights, bus, taxi and train activity, has also been suspended indefinitely.
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Bahrain to bring back citizens stuck in Doha from Iran-transit

A repatriation flight has been scheduled tomorrow for citizens currently located in Doha, in line with necessary medical measures.

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Global death toll has passed 30,000, with confirmed cases at 660,706

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