Egypt reported 120 new cases on Friday and the death of eight patients.
There are now at least 261,438 cases in the US
Thailand has temporarily banned all passenger flights
Thailand has temporarily banned all passenger flights from landing in the country to curb the outbreak of the new coronavirus, the country’s aviation agency said on Friday.
The ban on incoming flights came into effect on Friday morning and will run until the end of Monday, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand said in an order published late on Friday.
Anyone arriving on a flight that took off before the order came into effect will need to be quarantined for 14 days upon arrival in Thailand, the order said.
Turkey makes masks mandatory in public and shuts down traffic in 30 areas
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan just announced stricter measures to combat the spread of coronavirus.
Here’s a look at the measures:
- Masks will be mandatory in supermarkets, bazaars and work places, Erdogan said in a televised address today.
- Vehicular traffic is prohibited in and out of 30 major metropolitan areas as well as the province of Zonguldak, where there are high numbers of chronic respiratory illness, Erdogan said. Intercity travel is already restricted by plane and bus in Turkey. The new measure applies to private vehicles.
- The new measures also extend the scope of aged-based mandatory lockdown to people under the age of 20, Erdogan said. Turkey previously instituted a forced quarantine for people over the age of 65 and for people with chronic illnesses.
US: White House to give rapid screening tests to anyone in close contact with Trump and Pence
A White House official confirmed reports that it will give rapid Covid-19 screening tests to anyone who comes in close contact with both President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.
The White House has been conducting temperature checks for those close to Trump and Pence since March 14.
Coronavirus: UAE Records 1 Death, 240 New Cases
Another 240 people have been tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UAE, the highest-single day toll of infections, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 1264, the Ministry of Health and Prevention announced on Friday.
Bahrain: More Than 38,000 People Have Been Tested
Currently, a total of 38,177 people have been tested and the total number of confirmed active cases is 281, amongst which 3 patients are in critical condition. The number of recoveries rise to 388 and 4 deaths have been confirmed.
UAE: Workers Within Essential Sectors Exempt From Remote Work Policy
Offering a clarification to Ministerial Resolution No 281 of 2020 on the regulation of remote work in the private sector, which allows only 30 per cent of each company’s workers and customers onsite, the MOHRE explained that the following sectors are exempt:
- Financial sector establishments, including banks, exchange centres and money transfer outlets
- Companies in the food industry, including those that manufacture and distribute food
- Establishments in the hospitality sector, including hotels, restaurants and catering companies
- Companies and factories that produce sterilisation and cleaning materials and medical equipment, as well as those that offer cleaning services
- Healthcare facilities, including hospital pharmacies, pharmaceutical factories, clinics and other medical services
- Infrastructure sector companies
Turkey’s death toll from the coronavirus outbreak increased by 69 to 425 on Friday, while the number of confirmed cases from the disease rose by 2,786 to 20,921.
Italy records 766 new coronavirus deaths bringing the total to 14,681 – just higher than the tally of 760 fatalities a day earlier.
Bahrain: Rumours On Sitra Quarantine Centre Clarified
A video currently circulating on social media regarding a quarantine and treatment centre located in Sitra, does not reflect the procedures and arrangements in place at that particular site.
Bahrain: NPRA to Stop Receiving Applicants Starting Sunday
Nationality, Passports and Residence Affairs (NPRA) has announced that from Sunday, April 5, applicants won’t be accepted and all services would be processed automatically, through the Contact System through the website www.npra.gov.bh.
UK government urges people to stay at home despite weekend warm weather
The British Health Secretary Matt Hancock and health officials in the United Kingdom have called on Britons to continue to stay at home despite an expected rise in temperatures across the country over the weekend.
Qatar: Cases Cross 1,000 Mark With 126 New Infections
Qatar confirms 126 cases of the coronavirus have been detected on Friday, and the recovery of 21 patients, Qatar News Agency reported citing the country’s health ministry. With the new tally announced on Friday, Qatar’s infection rate has crossed the 1,000 mark.
280 Saudi Doctors Join Battle Against COVID-19 in France
More than 280 Saudi doctors who were participating in the French-Saudi specialization program decided to stay in France to help their colleagues combat the outbreak of coronavirus in the country, Saudi Arabia’s foreign ministry said on Friday.
Qatar announced 126 new cases of coronavirus on Friday, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 1,074.
EU issued a statement saying that it is preparing a medical aid package to support Africa against coronavirus, saying that the outbreak in the continent may spiral out of control and that confronting the coronavirus in Africa is part of European security.
Spain Overtakes Italy in Number of Cases, Death Rate Slows
Spain overtook Italy for the first time on Friday for the number of confirmed coronavirus cases, but the overnight death toll fell from the previous day, providing a small glimmer of hope.
Germany’s largest football stadium will become a treatment center
Germany’s largest football stadium — the Westfalen stadium — will be a coronavirus treatment center starting tomorrow, the Borussia Dortmund football team confirmed in a statement.
UAE: Dubai Airports Sort Accommodation for Stranded Passengers
Almost 100 travellers stranded in Dubai Airports will be booked into hotels until flights can be arranged to repatriate them. Dozens of travellers were left stuck in Dubai International Airport last month during what should have been a transit stop.
There are now at least 245,646 cases in the US
Corona beer halts production
Modelo Group, the Mexican brewer of Corona, announced it was halting production and marketing of its beer, according to a statement released on the company’s Twitter page Friday.
UK: Queen Elizabeth has recorded a televised statement
The Queen has recorded a televised address in relation to the coronavirus outbreak, Buckingham Palace says. It will be broadcast this Sunday.
Spain’s rate of new infections falls to its lowest yet for a second day in a row
The Spanish health ministry announced 7,472 new cases today, bringing the country’s total from 110,238 to 117,710. The 6.8 per cent increase is the smallest since the crisis began, improving further on yesterday’s record low of 7.9 per cent.
UAE: Emirates Announces Free Flights for Nationals Stranded Abroad
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group, President Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of Dubai Airports, announced free flights for stranded UAE nationals around the world due to coronavirus pandemic.
The US economy lost 701,000 jobs in March — the worst report since 2009
The American economy lost more jobs than it gained for the first time in a decade.
In March, the economy shed 701,000 jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It was the first time the economy lost jobs in a month since September 2010. Last month was the worst for American jobs since March 2009.
Kuwait records 417 total cases
Kuwait recorded 75 new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 417, the health ministry announced on Friday.
Philippines: 29 New COVID-19 Fatalities; Only 1 Recovery as Cases Reach 3,000
The number of known coronavirus infections in the Philippines reached 3,018 Friday as the officially reported cases worldwide soared past the one million mark.
Masks should not be a “substitute” for social distancing
As US officials continue to re-examine whether the general public should wear masks, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, emphasized that masks should not be viewed as a substitute for continuing to practice social distancing.
Coronavirus Could Trigger Biggest Fall in Carbon Emissions Since World War II
Carbon dioxide emissions could fall by the largest amount since World War Two this year as the coronavirus outbreak brings economies to a virtual standstill, according to the chair of a network of scientists providing benchmark emissions data.
If you’re sick, wear a medical mask — but not an N95, world health official says
Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, the technical lead for the World Health Organization’s Covid-19 response, said people who are sick and their caretakers should wear face masks — but stressed that N95 masks need to be reserved for health care workers.
Saudi: King Salman Orders 9 Billion Riyal Aid to Affected Citizens
King Salman issued a royal decree ordering the allocation of SR9 billion ($2.4 billion) to compensate citizens working in facilities affected by repercussions of the pandemic.
India: Cases Surge Past 2,300; Deaths Over 60
The number of novel coronavirus cases has jumped past 2,300 in India with around 300 new cases reported from different parts of the country on Thursday while the death toll has crossed the 60-mark.
Saudi Records 154 New Cases; Total Rises to Over 2,000
Philippines reported 29 new coronavirus deaths, 385 new infections
Singapore will close schools and most workplaces, except for essential services and key economic sectors, for a month, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Friday, as part of stricter measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Kuwait to deport expatriates who violate curfew hours
Nearly 200 people have been arrested so far in violation of the curfew hours.
Boris Johnson still has coronavirus symptoms and will stay longer in self-isolation
Egypt reports 86 new cases
Egypt has reported 86 new coronavirus cases, all of whom were linked to travel or were in contact with virus patients.
The number of cases in the country has reached 865, including 201 recovered patients and 58 deaths.
Saudi Arabia’s Mawid smartphone app offers coronavirus self-assessment
Consultation services have been provided for half-a-million people by the Health Ministry and around 250,000 self-assessment tests have been made through its Mawid app.
Mawid helps users book appointments at 2,400 health care centres in the Kingdom. The application follows the “Central Appointment System” that allows them to manage their referral appointments.
The service provided by Mawid is free of charge. Once the user has downloaded the app, they will be required to sign in with their Absher username and password.
The Mawid app is available for both Android and iOS.
King Salman orders government to provide 9 billion riyals worth of aid to Saudis
Support mechanism will be in accordance with the conditions stipulated in the unemployment insurance system
Austria will randomly test people
Authorities in Austria say they will carry out randomized coronavirus testing to get a better idea of its spread in the country.
Until now, only those who are seriously ill with symptoms have been tested. But the government has decided to change its approach.
Currently, the number of confirmed cases in Austria stands at 11,171. The death toll is 158.
Spain reports another vast death toll, with 932 new fatalities
A further 932 people have died from coronavirus in Spain, the country’s health ministry said on Friday, bringing the country’s death toll closer to Italy’s world-high total.
Friday’s figures mean that 10,935 Covid-19 deaths have been recorded in Spain.
The Ministry’s data shows there are now 76,262 active cases in Spain, an increase of 2,770 from Thursday – but also the smallest daily rise since March 20.
The Spanish Health Ministry also reports that 30,513 have now recovered from the virus – nearly 4,000 more than the number reported Thursday.
Coronavirus: 29 New Cases in Bahrain
The Ministry of Health in Bahrain has confirmed a total of 286 active cases in Bahrain, including 29 new 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 37,996 people have been tested and the total number of confirmed active cases is 286, amongst which 3 patients are in critical condition. Currently, 382 patients have been discharged and 4 deaths have been confirmed.
Angela Merkel returns to work after self-quarantining
Middle East Containment Window Closing, Says WHO
Governments in the Middle East need to act fast to limit the spread of the coronavirus after cases rose to nearly 60,000, almost double their level a week earlier, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.
“New cases have been reported in some of the most vulnerable countries with fragile health systems,” said Ahmed Al-Mandhari, the WHO’s director for the Eastern Mediterranean region, which includes Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia and Djibouti, as well as Middle Eastern states.
“Even in countries with stronger health systems, we have seen a worrying spike in the numbers of cases and deaths reported,” he said in a statement.
Outside of Iran, which has reported just over 50,000 cases, confirmed coronavirus numbers have been relatively low in the Middle East compared to Europe, the United States and Asia.
“I cannot stress enough the urgency of the situation,” said Mandhari. “The increasing numbers of cases show that transmission is rapidly occurring at local and community levels.”
“We still have a window of opportunity, but this window is slowly closing day by day,” he added.
Iran records 134 deaths in 24 hours
Iran recorded 134 deaths in the past 24 hours bringing the total to 3,294, a health ministry official says. The Islamic Republic has recorded 53,183 infections so far.
Coronavirus: 4-Month-Old Baby Among Bahrain’s Youngest Cases
According to the Health Ministry’s contact tracing data, a 4-month-old Bahraini baby girl tested positive after coming in contact with two other positive cases.
The latest update on the contact tracing link includes a large number of children below the age of 10, expat workers from India and Bangladesh, as well as a number of Bahrainis from the International COVID-19 Repatriation Programme.
For more details, check https://www.moh.gov.bh/COVID19/ContactsTracing
Oman: 21 new cases, total at 252
America has now recorded more than 6000 deaths
At least 245,559 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Infections have been reported in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other US territories.
A total of 6,057 coronavirus-related deaths have been reported in the country as of early Friday morning on the East Coast. Wyoming is the only state not reporting a death from coronavirus.
Bahrain: Coronavirus Not Covered By Insurance
“COVID-19 is not included in the diseases covered by insurance policies in Bahrain,” insurance experts and officials confirmed.
They explained that it was excluded from insurance as it was classified as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Health insurance policies exclude any disease or virus that becomes a pandemic automatically and formally, as the insurance policies state that the policy does not cover epidemic treatments.
Dubai extends validity of expired health cards for three months
The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) extended on Thursday the validity of expired health cards for three months, starting from March 24, as part of the government’s efforts to help contain the spread of the coronavirus.
More than 1,000 people have died in Germany
Germany’s coronavirus death toll has reached 1,017 — an increase of 145 fatalities in the past 24 hours — according to figures released on Friday by the Robert Koch Institute, the country’s federal public health agency.
Since the outbreak began, Germany has confirmed 79,696 COVID-19 patients. The number of cases jumped by 6,174 from Thursday to Friday.
Qatar reports 144 new cases, total up to three deaths and 949 cases
UAE Second in GCC to Cross 1,000 Mark
The United Arab Emirates reported on Thursday 210 new coronavirus cases, raising the total number of cases in the country up to 1,024.
The ministry also announced the recovery of 35 patients, raising the total of recovered patients in the country up to 96. There were no new recorded deaths, keeping the death toll at eight people so far.
Saudi Arabia was the first country in the GCC to cross 1000 cases, currently at 1885.
Etihad Operates Flights for Those Looking to Leave UAE
UAE’s Etihad Airways will be operating outbound flights to seven destinations for people wishing to leave the country starting from Sunday, April 5, the airline said.
UAE Extends Entry Suspension for Visa-Holders Abroad
The UAE extended the suspension of entry of all valid visa holders who are outside the country for two additional weeks starting Thursday, April 2, as part of the country’s efforts to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
All those who have valid residency residing outside the country have been asked to register for the new service “My presence for residents” on the Ministry’s website, as this service aims to facilitate their safe return to the UAE in emergency cases.
Saudi: Earlier Curfew in Dammam, Qatif & Taif Starting Today
Saudi Arabia implemented an earlier curfew start time in the city of Dammam and the governorates of Al-Qatif and Al-Taif as part of the Kingdom’s measures to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.
Bahrain: All In-Person Traffic Services Now Online
The General Directorate of Traffic announced that the services that required personal attendance would be processed after booking appointments through the Skiplino smartphone application to avoid overcrowding at the service providing halls, including the headquarters, Driving Learning Directorates and Security Complex in Muharraq, as part of precautionary measures against the spread of coronavirus.
The directorate called upon the public to process their services through the e-traffic application and the government portal, Bahrain.bh, that are available for 24 hours.
Brazil’s third consecutive day reporting more than 1,000 new cases
For the third day in a row, Brazil’s health authorities reported a consecutive spike of more than 1,000 new novel coronavirus cases in a single day.
During a news conference on Thursday, 1,074 new cases were announced, bringing the country’s total number of infections to 7,910 and 299 deaths.
China: Wuhan residents warned not to go out unless necessary
Japan reported 235 new cases of the novel coronavirus today, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the country to 3,329.
Singapore reports 49 new cases, with 15 yet to be traced
There have been 1,049 recorded cases of the novel coronavirus in Singapore since the outbreak began.
South Korea becomes second country in Asia to record more than 10,000 cases
At least 10,062 cases of the novel coronavirus have now been recorded in South Korea, after a rise of 86 new infections were reported by authorities today.
The national death toll now stands at 174.
Japan extends travel ban to include US, UK and China
Japan is banning travelers who have recently visited any of over 70 countries and regions — including the US, UK and China — in the past 14 days, as of April 3.
Fourth Group of Stranded Bahrainis Return from Iran
Bahrain: Maximum Selling Price of Face Masks Fixed
The SURGICAL FACE and N95 FACE types of masks will be priced respectively at 140 Fils and BD1.4 as a maximum selling price for the consumer per piece for a period of three months from the date of implementation of the provisions of this edict.
Under the ministerial edict, it is prohibited to export all kinds of medical face masks for a period of three months, unless permitted by the Ministry.
Violators of the provisions of this edict shall be punished with the penalties stipulated in Law No. (35) of 2012 on consumer protection.
Bahrain: Proposal to Close Parks, Gardens Temporarily
A proposal for a temporary closure of public gardens, parks, walkways and stadiums was discussed. This came in the Capital Municipal Council’s weekly meeting.
The meeting, which was held electronically yesterday, discussed a number of topics, but the closure of the public facilities that are subject to the administration of the Capital Municipality was the most prominent topic.
The council noted that that the proposal aimed to support preventive and precautionary measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 to maintain the safety of visitors and users of public park, gardens, walkways and playgrounds.
The pandemic has doubled in size in a week
The coronavirus pandemic has doubled in size in around a week with more than one million cases now recorded worldwide, figures show.
Data collated by the World Health Organization shows there were 414,000 cases of the life-threatening infection on March 25.
On the same date, around 18,400 people had died, which has now soared to 47,260 – almost tripling within eight days.
The novel coronavirus has infected more than 1,015,000 people and killed over 53,000.