LIVE UPDATES: Global Cases Inch Toward 1 Million

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11:15 pm

Bahrain: Teachers to Start Working From Home on Sunday

The Ministry of Education gave the green light, allowing all teachers to work from home as from Sunday, corresponding to the 5th of April, 2020.


11:12 pm

There are now more than 1 million cases around the world

There are at least 1,002,159 cases of coronavirus globally, according to Johns Hopkins University’s tally.

The total includes confirmed cases from 180 countries and regions.

So far, 51,485 people have died worldwide from the virus.


10:30 pm

UK considers “immunity certificates” for those who have recovered

The United Kingdom is “looking at” the idea of an “immunity certificate” — or passport — for people who have had coronavirus and have got the antibodies, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Thursday.

People with the passports would be able to show them “and get as much as possible back to normal life,” he said.

Asked if an immunity passport is a possible way out of the lockdown, Hancock said: “That is an important thing that we will be doing, that we are looking at.”

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10:10 pm

Qatar reported 114 new cases, bringing the total number to 949


10:00 pm

The World Bank approved a plan to roll out $160 billion in emergency aid

The World Bank on Thursday approved a plan to roll out $160 billion in emergency aid over 15 months to help countries deal with the impact of the global coronavirus pandemic.

The board of the Washington-based development lender announced the first set of fast-track crisis funding, with an initial $1.9 billion going to projects in 25 countries, and operations moving forward in another 40 nations, the bank said in a statement.

India will be the largest beneficiary of the first wave of programs with a facility for $1 billion, followed by Pakistan with $200 million and Afghanistan with a little over $100 million, but funding is going to countries on nearly every continent, the bank said.

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09:20 pm

Bahrain: Work-From-Home Policy to Cover 70% of Employees

Civil Service Bureau (CSB) President, Ahmed bin Zayed Al-Zayed, announced allowing ministries, entities and government departments to increase the rate of distance work to 70% as a maximum.

The CSB instruction will be implemented starting from Sunday, April 5 and continue until further notice. It will be applied according to the work requirements, provided that the services delivered to the citizens and residents will not be affected.


09:10 pm

Confirmed Global Cases Reached 1 Million

A few months ago, much of the world was unbothered with the novel coronavirus outbreak, if they had heard of it at all. Now, the virus has impacted almost every corner of the globe, and the number of confirmed cases has reached 1 million.


09:02 pm

There are now at least 226,374 cases in the US


08:39 pm

Bahrain: 8 New Cases and 41 Recoveries


08:35 pm

Iran’s Larijani tests positive

Iran’s Speaker of Parliament Ali Larijani tested positive for coronavirus, official IRNA news agency reported on Thursday.

Larijani was tested after showing respiratory symptoms then he was placed in quarantine and is undergoing treatment, according to IRNA.


08:30 pm

UK to test 100,000 people per day by end of the month

The UK has not currently been able to reach its current target of 25,000 tests per day.

Hancock set out the government’s order of priority for testing people for coronavirus: Patients first, expanding to NHS staff and their families, critical key workers thirdly and “over time we will expand to community.”


08:30 pm

Global Death Toll Exceeds 50,000

Global coronavirus deaths topped 50,200 on Thursday as the coronavirus pandemic ravages the United States and Europe, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.


08:15 pm


Death toll from coronavirus in Italy has climbed by 760 to 13,915, slightly higher than the daily rise of 727 registered a day earlier


08:12 pm

Bahrain: 68% of Travel Related Cases Came From Iran

The Ministry of Health has recorded that, of the 353 Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases with a history of travel to countries with high infection rates, 68% were detected among travellers returning from Iran.


08:00 pm


Egyptian Prime Minister says that while the country has 850 cases of coronavirus infections and they are “still far from the dangerous stage,” while also announcing that a number of villages have been locked down.


07:50 pm

Saudi Records 5 Deaths, 165 New Cases

Saudi Arabia announced five deaths from coronavirus on Thursday and said that 165 new cases have been detected. Of the new cases, 48 were detected in Makkah and 46 in Madinah.


07:45 pm

Canada now has more than 10,000 cases

Canadian public health officials are now reporting at least 10,132 cases of Covid-19 across the country and 127 deaths.


07:36 pm

China’s Shenzhen bans eating of cats, dogs

The Chinese city of Shenzhen has banned the eating of dogs and cats as part of a wider clampdown on the wildlife trade since the emergence of the new coronavirus.


07:20 pm

Coronavirus: US, First in the World to Have Over 1,000 Deaths in a Day

The US was the first country to report 1,000 coronavirus deaths in a single day on Wednesday as the death toll soared past 5,000.

With more than 216,000 infections across the country, America is now worse affected by COVID-19 than any other country in the world has been. The virus shows no signs of slowing down, despite the entire nation being on lockdown, and experts say as many as 200,000 will die by the time the pandemic is over.

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07:03 pm

Bahrain: LMRA Monthly Work Fees to be Terminated

The Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) has announced the termination of monthly work fees and fees for issuing and renewing work permits for a period of three months, starting from 1 April 2020.


07:00 pm

Bahrain: Medicine Home Delivery Service Launched by SMC

As part of the precautionary measures implemented by the kingdom to curb the spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC) has launched the home delivery service of prescribed medicines to ensure the health, safety and comfort of the patients.


06:32 pm

Bahrain: Regular Classes to Begin Through Virtual Learning

The largest expatriate school in Bahrain launched a Virtual Learning Programme (VLP) to help compensate for the delay in the commencement of the new academic session. The Indian School Bahrain stated that the VLP began for classes 10th and 12th on Tuesday.


06:14 pm

Bahrain: Fruit and Vegetable Prices Drop by About 30%

The Inspection Department of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism supervised the operations of removing fruits and vegetables from the stored warehouses in the early hours of Thursday morning.


06:07 pm

Russia extends “non-working” period until the end of the month

Russian President Vladimir Putin extended the paid “non-working” period in Russia until April 30 in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

“The threat is still there, the specialists suggest that the pandemic has not peaked yet worldwide, including in our country,” Putin said in a televised address. “Therefore I’ve decided to extend this non-working period until April 30.”


05:20 pm

Thailand Prime Minister announces nationwide curfew

Thailand has announced an indefinite, nationwide curfew starting on Friday as cases of the novel coronavirus continue to rise, the country’s Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha said in a televised broadcast.


05:15 pm

UAE: Education Ministry Bans Private Tutoring Sessions

All private tutoring sessions for students have been banned except for remote learning classes, state news agency WAM reported on Thursday citing the Ministry of Education.


05:03 pm

Global Cases

Total: 961,684
Deaths: 49,165
Recoveries: 203,176


05:00 pm

UK government promises more testing as criticism increases

As criticism of the UK government’s handling of the coronavirus increases, a spokesperson for Prime Minister Boris Johnson told reporters today that a total of 10,412 tests were carried out across the country on Tuesday.

Downing Street added that a total of 2,800 National Health Service workers have now been tested at drive-in testing facilities.


04:55 pm

Saudi Imposes 24-Hour Curfew in Mecca and Medina

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior implemented a 24-hour curfew in the holy cities of Mecca and Medina on Thursday to limit the spread of coronavirus, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

Under the curfew, which will be enforced until further notice, residents will be allowed to leave their houses for medical care and to obtain food supplies in their respective neighbourhoods from 6 a.m. until 3 p.m.


04:28 pm

Qatar: Drones Used to Broadcast Awareness Message

The Ministry of Interior has launched an awareness campaign using drones for the residents of Qatar. The drones with loudspeakers will broadcast awareness messages in various parts of the country.


04:25 pm

Europe has recorded over 500,000 confirmed cases

Over 95 percent who died in Europe due to coronavirus were over 60, the World Health Organization said.


03:30 pm

Boeing will offer employees voluntary layoff plan to reduce costs

Boeing says it will offer employees a voluntary layoff plan and hopes to avoid mandatory workforce cuts.


03:15 pm

Experts tell White House coronavirus can spread through talking or even just breathing

A prestigious scientific panel told the White House last night that research shows coronavirus can be spread not just by sneezes or coughs, but also just by talking, or possibly even just breathing.


02:56 pm

Kuwait: 25 new cases, total at 342


02:45 pm

Iran’s confirmed case total passes 50,000 mark

Another 124 coronavirus-related deaths were reported in Iran on Thursday, bringing the total death toll to 3,160, Health Ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpoor said on state TV.

The overall number of cases in the country meanwhile reached 50,468, with an extra 2,875 reported over the past 24 hours, Jahanpoor said.


02:37 pm

Baharin: 66 New Cases Are of Labourers in Salmabad

The Ministry of Health announced the registration of 66 additional cases of migrant workers in the Salmabad region who had been placed in a precautionary quarantine yesterday after previous cases tested positive among them.

With this, the active cases are at 290.


02:17 pm

Coronavirus: 66 New Cases in Bahrain

The Ministry of Health in Bahrain has confirmed a total of 290 active cases in Bahrain, including 66 new cases.

Currently, a total of 36,158 people have been tested and the total number of confirmed active cases is 290, amongst which 3 patients are in critical condition. Currently, 341 patients have been discharged and 4 deaths have been confirmed.


02:03 pm

Emirates airlines to restart limited UAE flights from April 6

Emirates airlines has received approval from UAE authorities to “start flying a limited number of passenger flights” beginning April 6.

These flights will initially only carry passengers outbound from the UAE.

On Tuesday, it was announced that the Government of Dubai would inject equity into Emirates to alleviate the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.


02:00 pm

Italy Death Toll

Italy’s death toll from the COVID-19 virus is far higher than reported ‘because the country cannot spare resources to test every dead body’, a report has claimed.

Italy first emerged as the European epicentre of the virus before rocketing to become the country with the most deaths from infection globally. Their death toll currently stands at 13,155.

The publication analysed deaths in Lombardy, one of the areas hardest-hit by the disease, and found they are not isolated. Many citizens who die from COVID-19 do not make it to hospital to be tested, the WSJ reported.

READ  Bahrain Records 67 New Cases; Active Cases Rise to 4,776



01:57 pm

Spain sees its highest number of deaths in a day – 950

Spain has suffered another record-breaking day of coronavirus deaths, with 950 people killed by the disease in the last 24 hours.

It marks the country’s third consecutive day of record death totals, with 849 dead on Tuesday, 864 killed Wednesday and now 950 dying between Wednesday and today.

The new toll also brings the country’s total fatalities above 10,000, rising from 9,053 on Wednesday to 10,003 on Thursday.

The number of new cases also increased by 8,102 in the last 24 hours, bringing the total from 102,136 to 110,238, but marks the lowest percentage increase in cases yet – meaning lockdown measures put in place are working.

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01:46 pm

China: Smartphone health code rules post-virus

Since the coronavirus outbreak, life in China is ruled by a green symbol on a smartphone screen.

Green is the “health code” that says a user is symptom-free and it’s required to board a subway, check into a hotel or just enter Wuhan, the central city of 11 million people where the pandemic began in December.

The system is made possible by the Chinese public’s almost universal adoption of smartphones and the ruling Communist Party’s embrace of “Big Data” to extend its surveillance and control over society, The Associated Press (AP) reported.

Walking into a Wuhan subway station Wednesday, Wu Shenghong, a manager for a clothing manufacturer, used her smartphone to scan a barcode on a poster that triggered her health code app. A green code and part of her identity card number appeared on the screen. A guard wearing a mask and goggles waved her through.

If the code had been red, that would tell the guard that Wu was confirmed to be infected or had a fever or other symptoms and was awaiting a diagnosis. A yellow code would mean she had contact with an infected person but hadn’t finished a two-week quarantine, meaning she should be in a hospital or quarantined at home.

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Wu, who was on her way to see retailers after returning to work this week, said the system has helped reassure her after a two-month shutdown left the streets of Wuhan empty.

People with red or yellow codes “are definitely not running around outside,” said Wu, 51. “I feel safe.”

Intensive use of the health code is part of the efforts by authorities to revive China’s economy while preventing a spike in infections as workers stream back into factories, offices and shops.

Most access to Wuhan, the manufacturing hub of central China, was suspended Jan. 23 to fight the coronavirus. The lockdown spread to surrounding cities in Hubei province and then people nationwide were ordered stay home in the most intensive anti-disease controls ever imposed. The final travel controls on Wuhan are due to be lifted April 8.

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Other governments should consider adopting Chinese-style “digital contact tracing,” Oxford University researchers recommended in a report published Tuesday in the journal Science. The virus is spreading too rapidly for traditional methods to track infections “but could be controlled if this process was faster, more efficient and happened at scale,” the researchers wrote.

Once aboard the subway, Wu and other commuters used their smartphones to scan a code that recorded the number of the car they rode in case authorities need to find them later.


01:31 pm

NATO ministers to discuss Covid-19 response

NATO foreign ministers are due on Thursday to discuss their countries’ response to the global coronavirus pandemic, while stressing that the defence alliance remains ready to defend itself against any threat.

“Our primary objective is to ensure that this health crisis does not become a security crisis,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said.


01:27 pm

British Airways in union talks to suspend around 32,000 staff

British Airways is in talks with its union about a plan to suspend around 32,000 staff in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

BA has already suspended flights from Britain’s second busiest airport, Gatwick, and its parent company has said flying capacity would be down 75% in April and May.

Under the BA plan around 80% of staff including cabin crew, ground staff, engineers and those in head office will have their jobs suspended.


01:10 pm

New York virus toll doubles in 72 hours as hot spots spread

New York rushed to bring in an army of medical volunteers as the statewide death toll from the coronavirus doubled in 72 hours to more than 1,900.

The U.S. has recorded more than 216,000 infections and more than 5,100 deaths, with New York City accounting for about 1 out of 4 dead.


12:59 pm

One Turkish doctor dies, over 600 health workers infected

2,148 people have tested positive for coronavirus and 63 have died in the past 24 hours, a sharp increase pushing the death toll to 277.

Turkey has thus far recorded a total of 15,679 cases.


12:56 pm

Bahrain: Breakdown of case sources

The Ministry of Health has recorded that, of the 353 Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases with a history of travel to countries with high infection rates, 68% were detected among travellers returning from Iran.

While 241 cases were from Iran, 57 cases came from the United Kingdom, 12 cases from Egypt, 8 cases came from Germany, 8 cases came from the Iraqi Republic, and 27 cases came from other countries.

The number of confirmed cases in contact with existing cases coming from abroad amounted to 218.

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Bahrain has so far recorded 569 cases of which 228 are currently active, 337 have been discharged and 4 have died.


12:51 pm

Chinese county with over half a million people goes into new lockdown

More than half a million people in central China have been put under a new coronavirus lockdown after three doctors tested positive for the virus despite showing no symptoms.

The county of Jia in Henan Province, with about 570,000 residents, has halted transport in and out of the area as well as local buses and taxis from Monday, according to a government notice.

Regional officials have ordered all villages, towns and residential complexes to activate their ‘wartime mechanism’ amid fears for a fresh outbreak, another notice said.

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The news comes after Beijing declared that it had largely curbed the outbreak over the weekend.


12:42 pm

Philippine ambassador to Lebanon dies

Philippines Ambassador to Lebanon Bernardita Catalla died of coronavirus at the age of 62.


12:26 pm

Israel Health Minister Tests Positive

Israel’s health minister, who has had frequent contact with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other top officials, has coronavirus.

Yaakov Litzman and his wife, who also has contracted the virus, are in isolation.

Israel has reported just over 6,000 confirmed cases of infection with the new coronavirus, and 26 people have died of COVID-19


12:10 pm

France reports highest daily number of deaths, toll tops 4,000

France on Wednesday reported its highest daily number of deaths from COVID-19 since the coronavirus epidemic began, saying 509 more people had died in the hospital to bring the toll to 4,032.

There are now 24,639 people hospitalized in France with COVID-19, with 6,017 of them in intensive care, health official Jerome Salomon told reporters in his daily update. The death toll on Tuesday had risen by 499.

The number of confirmed cases also rose by 4,861 to 56,989

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12:10 pm

Thailand reported 104 new cases, bringing its total to 1,875 cases


11:49 am

Kuwait closes down all car workshops, cuts number of workers at co-ops

Kuwaiti authorities ordered the closure of all car workshops and a reduction of the number of workers at cooperative supermarkets, state news agency KUNA reported on Wednesday.

The Ministry of Social Affairs and the Union of Consumer Cooperative Societies will stop recruiting volunteers at co-ops to protect them from the virus, who will be instead helping out in other positions.

The authorities will also remove non-essential workers at the co-ops, while allocating buildings were essential workers will be housed after being checked by the Health Ministry.

READ  Bahrain Records 67 New Cases; Active Cases Rise to 4,776

They will choose two buildings in each area, one for male and the other for female workers.

The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Interior are studying curfew options to protect residents and citizens from COVID-19.

Kuwait has reported 317 infections, 81 recoveries and no deaths so far.


11:08 am

British doctors have received guidance on which patients to save if health system overwhelmed

Older patients with a low chance of survival could have life-saving ventilators removed so the machines can be given to healthier patients under new ethics guidelines issued by the British Medical Association (BMA).


11:02 am

UAE: New Guidelines for Businesses Employing Expats

The UAE government has introduced new guidelines for employers to deal with issues resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, relating to salary reductions, layoffs, and bankruptcy.

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10:55 am

Germany sees more than 6,000 new cases in a day for the second time

Germany has recorded more than 6,000 coronavirus cases in a day for only the second time while another 140 people have died, the latest figures revealed today.

The 6,156 new infections bring Germany’s tally from 67,366 to 73,522, a jump of 9.1 per cent which is slightly higher than in recent days.

The 140 latest deaths mark Germany’s second-deadliest day – behind only yesterday’s 149 – and take the overall toll from 732 to 872.

Germany’s mortality rate has also ticked up again, reaching 1.2 per cent – still lower than its major European neighbours, but up from 0.5 per cent a week ago.

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10:53 am

Philippines: Death for quarantine breakers

Outspoken Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has warned that people who break quarantine and are “unruly” could be shot by law enforcement officers.

During the address, Duterte said, “My orders to the police, the military and the barangays: If they become unruly and they fight you and your lives are endangered, shoot them dead!”


10:47 am

Kuwait: One more recovery

With this, the total recoveries in Kuwait are at 81, while the total active cases are at 236.


10:42 am

Wimbledon Cancelled for the First Time Since WWII

The cancellation of the only grasscourt major at the All England Club leaves the season in disarray, with no tennis due to be played until mid-July.


10:32 am

In Panama, coronavirus lockdown means separating men and women

Panama is taking a new — if somewhat unorthodox — measure to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus: separation of the sexes.

Starting on Wednesday, only women will be able to leave their homes to buy necessities on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Men in Panama will be allowed to venture outside to run errands on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Everyone will have to stay home on Sundays. The restrictions will last for at least 15 days, according to government officials.

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Why are they separating men and women?

The additional measures to the already-announced national quarantine, in theory, will make it easier for police in the Central American nation to limit the number of people going out in public.


10:22 am

Asia’s largest slum reports first death

A 56-year-old man who died due to coronavirus-related illness is the first person to die from the disease in Asia’s largest slum, Dharavi, in the Indian financial capital of Mumbai.


10:16 am

Bahrain: MPs Push to Reduce School Fees

House of Representatives Services Committee chairman Mamdouh Al Saleh confirmed yesterday that MPs are trying to reduce fees in public schools.

This comes after a proposal was submitted by MP Adel Al Asoumi for private schools and kindergartens to decrease their fees by 65 per cent during the leave period, which has been implemented as part of precautionary measures to help contain the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Al Asoumi said that it is only right that schools also bear the brunt and not just parents.

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“This is an exceptional situation and everyone is going through a hard time,” Al Asoumi explained. “Private schools and kindergartens should understand this and take 35 per cent of the total financial dues in order to cover operating costs only, without profit during this period.”


09:56 am

Oman: Muscat Uses Drones For Disinfection

Muscat Municipality continued its drone operations to sterilise public areas across the wilayats.

Muttrah was isolated on Wednesday, as security forces took over major roads leading to the wilayat to stop the spread of COVID-19.


09:40 am

Dubai: These 6 Hand Sanitizers Were Recalled for their Toxic Component

Dubai’s municipality withdrew six types of hand sanitizers that were proven to have been non-compliant with the approved specifications,102 samples showed the presence of methanol.

The products recalled were:

– LULU Hand Sanitizer – 500ml

– COSMO Hand Sanitizer – 65ml

– ZIVA Hand Sanitizer – 250 ml

– FEAH Hand Sanitizer – 50ml

– AMEYA Isopropyl Alcohol – 70ml

– LULU Hand Sanitizer – 250ML


09:15 am

Saudi Arabia records 157 new cases with six new deaths

The total number of cases in Saudi Arabia is 1,720, while the death toll stands at 16, according to the ministry.

Out of the 157 cases, 78 were reported in Medina, 55 in Mecca, seven in Riyadh, and six in al-Qatif.


08:55 am

UAE announces 150 cases; 2 deaths

The Ministry of Health and Prevention confirmed 150 new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UAE, bringing the total number of cases to 814.

The Ministry also revealed that two patients suffering from COVID-19, an Asian national and a GCC national aged 62 and 78, respectively, died. Both of the deceased had chronic illnesses, including heart disease. The total number of deaths has now reached eight.


08:45 am

“Together for Bahrain’s Safety” Reach Out to the Needy

The Supreme Council for Women (SCW) today started fieldwork as part of the “Together for the Safety of Bahrain” campaign which was launched recently.

Basic commodities and health supplies were distributed to families supported by Bahraini women, based on the lists on needy households whose living conditions are being monitored by the council.

The initiative also aims at supporting the families of medical personnel who are on the frontline to combat the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as the country goes through these exceptional circumstances.

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Eleven teams headed to different areas of Bahrain by buses provided by Al-Mansouri Company and Bahrain Mobility International Centre.


08:25 am

Qatar detects 54 new cases, total 835 so far


08:23 am

South Korea reports 89 new cases as country’s total nears 10,000

South Korea is nearing 10,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

The country’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) announced 89 new cases in a news release today, adding that South Korea has now recorded 9,976 cases of the virus.

The national death toll is 169.


08:07 am

CBSE Cancels board exams for all schools outside India


08:05 am

US: More than 5,000 people have died

The total number of deaths stands at 5,119 and at least 216,515 infections have been recorded, according to Johns Hopkins figures.


07:43 am

Cases top 930,000 globally



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