Live updates: Latest happenings on COVID-19

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11:14 pm

US: Illinois reports more than 1,000 new cases in the last 24 hours


11:00 pm

Global Cases

Total: 1,330,492
Deaths: 73,872
Recoveries: 277,707


10:32 pm

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is in intensive care

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is in intensive care at St Thomas’ Hospital, in London, 10 Downing Street said.


10:25 pm

At least 81 people on an Australian cruise ship near Uruguay have coronavirus

At least 81 passengers and crew aboard an Australian cruise ship off the coast of Uruguay, in South America, have tested positive for coronavirus, the cruise company announced on Monday.


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Kuwait placed a full lockdown on two areas and extended its partial curfew by two hours to run from 5 pm (1400 GMT) till 6 am effective Monday until further notice, a statement from the cabinet said.

It also extended a previously enacted suspension of work for all ministries and government institutions by two weeks until April 26 as precautionary measure against coronavirus.


09:30 pm

Qatar reports 228 new cases


09:24 pm

Bahrain: 31 New Cases From Quarantined Expat Workers


09:00 pm

More than 10,000 people have died in the US

The United States has at least 10,335 reported deaths from coronavirus, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.


08:55 pm

Saudi: E-Service for Citizens Abroad Wishing to Return Launched

The Foreign Ministry announced the launch of an electronic service for citizens wishing to return to the Saudi Arabia.


08:35 pm

Bahrain: LMRA Launches Initiative to “Correct Legal Conditions” of Expats

“Correct Legal Condition”, which was launched by LMRA yesterday , gives the opportunity to all violating workers to correct their legal condition. This initiative  will continue until the end of 2020.

The decision came in line with the country’s general policy and efforts being made to reduce negative humanitarian and economic impacts under the current circumstances brought upon the COVID-19.


08:21 pm

US: There are at least 130,689 cases in New York


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More than 5,000 people who tested positive for coronavirus have now died in Britain, official figures showed Monday, with a latest daily toll of 439.

“As of 5pm on 5 April, of those hospitalized in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus 5,373 have died,” the health ministry said in a tweet.


07:53 pm

Bahrain: Ministry of Foreign Affairs Launches Virtual Service


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German chancellor Angela Merkel says the European Union faces its biggest test since its inception and any possible easing of restrictions will be done step by step to not overwhelm the health system.


07:34 pm

UAE: Dubai Pedestrians and Cyclists Can’t Go Out Without Permission

Pedestrians and cyclists in Dubai will also have to register for a movement permit during the 24-hour restrictions as part of a nationwide sanitation program, according to an update on the newly launched Dubai permit website.


07:19 pm

Bahrain: MOH Continues Field Visits Around the Kingdom

In cooperation with the Ministry of Interior through the Civil Defense and Community Service Police, The Ministry of Health continues field visits to a number of Bahrain regions to take random samples to enhance the health and safety of all.


06:45 pm

France is heading for worst economic downturn since WWII, finance minister says

France is heading for the worst economic downturn since World War II, the country’s Minister of the Economy and Finance Bruno Le Maire says.

In a Senate hearing today, he said the economy’s worst year since the war was during the 2009 financial crisis when it contracted by 2.9 percent.

“We are likely to be well beyond -2.9% this year,” Le Maire said.


06:15 pm


More than 20,000 Pakistani workers stuck in the United Arab Emirates are seeking to return home, as the Gulf Arab state tightens restrictions due to the coronavirus outbreak.


05:46 pm

Eye Pain May be a Symptom, Data Scientist Reveals

A data scientist has claimed that Google search results from around the world could be key to determining undiscovered coronavirus symptoms as well as locating emerging outbreaks.

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz explained how Google searches for the phrase ‘loss of smell’ align with the number of positive cases of coronavirus, and why he believes eye pain could be another unofficial signal of the illness.


05:45 pm


Iran’s total number of coronavirus infections topped 60,500 and the death toll from the outbreak reached 3,739, the country’s health ministry said.


05:30 pm

Ireland’s prime minister once worked as doctor. He reregistered to help in the coronavirus fight.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, the Irish prime minister, reregistered as a medical practitioner last month to assist during the coronavirus crisis, a spokesperson for his office said on Monday.

Varadkar worked as a doctor before leaving medicine to work in politics. He was removed from the medical register in 2013 and became prime minister in 2017.


05:21 pm

Chinese Tourist Sites Packed Despite Warnings

Large numbers of people flocked to popular tourists sites and major cities across China over the country’s holiday weekend, despite warnings from health authorities that the risk posed by the coronavirus pandemic remains far from over.


05:10 pm

UAE Announces 277 New Cases, One Death


04:44 pm

UAE: Drive-through COVID-19 Testing Centre Opens in Dubai

Al Futtaim Health has opened a drive-through Covid-19 testing station in Dubai, with five more set to open soon. The first station at Festival City does between 100 and 200 tests for Al Futtaim Group employees and eligible residents. Once all six centres are launched, they can do close to 1,000 tests a day.


04:10 pm

Bahrain: Another Batch of Bahrainis Repatriated from Iran

The Ministry of Health has today announced the safe return of citizens from Iran, as part of the International COVID-19 Repatriation Programme.


04:03 pm

Bahrain: 23 More People Recover Today


04:00 pm

British prime minister remains at London hospital

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had “a comfortable night” and remains under observation at a London hospital, a 10 Downing Street spokesperson said on Monday.

Johnson is suffering from “persistent” Covid-10 symptoms and was admitted to St Thomas’ hospital for tests on Sunday night as a “precaution.”


03:50 pm

Bahrain: Bangladeshi Tests Positive During Random COVID-19 Testing

A Bangladeshi male tested positive during a random sampling done by The Ministry of Health. Fifteen other people living in the same building tested positive, according to the contact tracing information provided by the ministry.


03:45 pm

Polish PM expects coronavirus infections to peak in May or June

Poland is expecting coronavirus infections to peak in May or June and is preparing for a long fight, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said in parliament on Monday.

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Morawiecki said, “We expect the peak number of cases is still ahead of us — in May or June. We want to limit the number of cases before this happens, especially by flattening the curve,” according to the prime minister’s office on Twitter.


03:31 pm

Chinese tourist sites packed as country comes out of lockdown, but experts say risk still high

Large numbers of people flocked to popular tourists sites and major cities across China over the country’s holiday weekend, despite warnings from health authorities that the risk posed by the coronavirus pandemic remains far from over.

Images from the Huangshan mountain park in Anhui province on Saturday, April 4 showed thousands of people crammed together, many wearing face masks, eager to experience the great outdoors after months of travel restrictions and strict lockdown measures.

But while the government is slowly relaxing restrictions, Chinese health experts have urged the public to continue to practice caution.

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03:24 pm

Coronavirus infection rate decreasing in nearly all Spanish regions, but almost 15% of infected are health workers

The number of new coronavirus infections is decreasing in “practically all” regions across Spain, Maria Jose Sierra, an official from the country’s center for health emergencies said at a briefing on Monday.

Heath workers infected: Around 19,400 Spanish health workers, including doctors and nurses, have been infected with the novel coronavirus, Sierra added.

That means health workers account for almost 15% of the total number of infections in Spain.


03:20 pm

Indian President, PM, MPs’ Take 1 Year Pay Cut

Indian President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and all state governors have voluntarily decided to take a 30 percent salary cut for a year in view of the coronavirus outbreak and the expected downturn in the economy.

All members of parliament will also take a similar cut and the money will go to the country’s consolidated fund, the government said after a cabinet meeting today.


02:55 pm

Doctors arrested in Pakistan after protests over lack of PPE

Police in Pakistan have arrested dozens of doctors and medical staff protesting a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) in their fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

The demonstrations took place in the city of Quetta in Pakistan’s southwestern province of Balochistan.


02:35 pm

Former Libyan Prime Minister dies of coronavirus

Former Libyan Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril died on Sunday in Cairo, Egypt after contracting coronavirus, his National Forces Alliance (NFA) announced in a statement Sunday.

He is the first major Arab politician to die of Covid-19.


02:15 pm

US edges closer towards 10,000 deaths

There are at least 337,646 cases of coronavirus in the U.S, according to Johns Hopkins University’s tally of cases in the United States. At least 9,648 people have died in the U.S. from coronavirus.


01:50 pm

Spain sees smallest rise in deaths in almost two weeks

Spain recorded 637 new coronavirus deaths in the last 24 hours – the fourth straight day that number has fallen and the lowest daily total since March 24.

The figure raises the total killed during the country’s crisis from 12,418 to 13,055. The number of new infections increased by 4,273 from 130,759 to 135,032.

Prime minister Pedro Sanchez extended Spain’s State of Emergency for another 15 days yesterday until April 26, but said the ‘top of the curve is in sight’.

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01:30 pm

Ventilators held in Turkey to fly to Spain today

Spanish-bought ventilators and other medical equipment held in Ankara by Turkish authorities will take off for Spain on Monday, Spanish foreign minister Arancha González Laya said.

The equipment is expected to be available for distribution among regional governments in Spain on Tuesday.


01:29 pm

Coronavirus: Death Toll in Iran Reaches 3,739

The coronavirus death toll in Iran rises to 3,739 as the total number of confirmed cases in the country reaches 60,500, according to the Ministry of Health.


12:56 pm

Oman Reports 33 New Cases, Raising Total to 331

Oman reported 33 new cases of the novel coronavirus in the last 24 hours, raising the total number of cases in the country to 331.

A total of 61 people have recovered from the virus in the Sultanate. So far, two coronavirus fatalities have been announced.


12:41 pm

Japan will declare state of emergency

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will declare a state of emergency on Tuesday, lasting for approximately one month, he announced Monday.

Abe will hold a press conference on Tuesday to further explain the declaration.


12:31 pm

Austria will gradually reopen shops after Easter


12:15 pm

Cases in Switzerland continue to rise

Switzerland reported 822 more cases of coronavirus on Sunday, bringing the national total to 21,100, according to the Swiss Federal Office for Health.

At least 559 people have died from the virus.

The Swiss authority said that there are 246 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

“Switzerland now has one of the highest incidences (246/100,000) in Europe,” said a statement on the health authority’s website.


12:00 pm

Saudi Records 61 New Cases, Bringing Total to 2,463

Saudi Arabia recorded 61 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of cases in the Kingdom to 2,463, according to data on the Ministry of Health’s website dedicated to COVID-19 news.

Saudi Arabia has reported 34 virus-related fatalities so far.

The ministry on Sunday said that out of the total confirmed cases, 47 percent are of Saudi patients while 53 percent are of non-citizens.

While there has been a decrease in people’s mobility in general in Saudi Arabia, the health ministry spokesman said, the rate of cases related to recreation and shopping is worrying.

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11:24 am

Scotland’s chief medical officer resigns after she was caught leaving home without a proper excuse


11:04 am

Germany’s daily death toll drops to 92 while new infections fall to 3,677

Germany saw sharp falls in both its daily death toll and its new infection count today, offering fresh hope that the coronavirus lockdown is working.

The number of infections rose by 3,677 – the smallest since March 22 – to bring the overall tally from 91,714 to 95,391.

Meanwhile, the death toll jumped by only 92, the lowest in a week, taking the total from 1,342 to 1,434.

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The resulting fatality rate of 1.5 per cent remains lower than many of Germany’s neighbours, although it has risen every day for more than two weeks.

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10:45 am

Japan reports almost 400 new cases in one day

Japan’s health ministry announced 378 new cases of coronavirus and three more deaths nationwide by the end of Sunday.

The total number of cases in the country has risen to 4,366, 712 of which were from the Diamond Princess cruise ship.

Some 84 people have died from the disease in the country, 11 of whom were linked to the ship.


10:30 am

81-Year-Old Bahraini Man Recovers

An 81-year-old Bahraini is among those who have recovered from the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease and been discharged from the treatment and quarantine facilities.

According to the Ministry of Health website, the elderly man had tested positive upon his arrival at Bahrain International Airport in late February, after travelling back to the Kingdom from Iran.

He is one of a total of 431 individuals who already fought the virus and recovered. This is following an additional four treated cases announced yesterday by the Health Ministry.

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The oldest active case in Bahrain is one of an 87-year-old Bahraini man, who had arrived from Germany last month and was also in contact with another active case. The number of total tested so far is 44,386.


10:26 am

Qatar Records 279 New Cases, One Death

Qatar confirmed another death due to the coronavirus after an 88-year-old Qatari citizen suffering from chronic diseases died of the virus on Sunday.

Health ministry officials also said that it detected 279 new cases of the coronavirus, raising the total to 1,604 cases as of Sunday.


10:21 am

Bahrain: Produce Prices Back to Normal

The local markets witnessed a big breakthrough in the availability of for vegetables and fruits in general and tomatoes and onions in particular.

Fruit and vegetable traders confirmed that the prices of onions and tomatoes decreased by 50%. They explained that the price of onions decreased from 600 fils to 300 fils per kilo, the price of tomatoes decreased by 50%. There is still, however, a shortage of lemon in the market due to the lack of shipments from Africa and Egypt.

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10:10 am

Thailand has recorded more than 2,200 cases

Thailand reported 51 new coronavirus cases on Monday, bringing the national total to 2,220, according to the country’s Ministry of Public Health.

Three more deaths were reported, taking the national toll to 26.


10:00 am

Dubai: Permit Required for All ‘Essential Purpose’ Travel

All members of the public in Dubai looking to leave their home for essential purposes must apply for a permit to do so.

People can apply for the movement permit on the new website or call the hotline 800737648 for enquiries.

Individuals are only allowed to leave their homes for essential purposes, such as buying food or medicine and getting medical assistance from healthcare service providers including hospitals, clinics and pharmacies.


09:57 am

US reports 25,544 new cases and at least 1,147 new deaths on Sunday

At least 337,620 cases of coronavirus have been reported in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins University’s tally.

COVID-19 has killed at least 9,643 people in the US.

Sunday’s total number of cases and deaths were lower than the numbers reported on Saturday, which were the country’s highest to date.


09:42 am

There are now more than 1.2 million cases globally


09:26 am

Singapore reports its biggest daily jump in cases

Singapore has reported 120 new cases of coronavirus in 24 hours — its biggest daily jump of reported infections since the coronavirus outbreak began.

Of the new infections, 116 were identified as local cases with no recent travel history.


09:11 am

Britain’s Queen called for unity in a rare address to the nation


09:09 am

The US now has more than four times China’s total cases


08:46 am

South Korea’s new cases drop

South Korea is extending its social distancing campaign for two more weeks until April 19, as the number of new coronavirus cases in the country fell to the lowest in over six weeks.

On Monday, the country reported 47 new cases, the first time since February 18 that the number has dropped below 50.

As of Monday, South Korea has reported 10,284 confirmed cases and 186 deaths from the coronavirus.


08:27 am

New York: Tiger named Nadia tests positive for coronavirus

A tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York City has tested positive for COVID-19 after apparent exposure to an infected worker.

The four-year-old female Malayan tiger named Nadia was tested out of an abundance of caution after developing a dry cough and a decrease in appetite.

Six other cats at the zoo, including Nadia’s sister Azul, two Amur tigers and three African lions, were also suffering possible coronavirus symptoms.

All of the cats are expected to recover.


08:26 am

Italy Records Lowest Death Toll in Over 2 Weeks

Italy on Sunday recorded its lowest daily death toll from the novel coronavirus in over two weeks and saw the number of critical care patients decline for the second day.

The 525 official COVID-19 fatalities reported by the civil protection service were the lowest since 427 registered on March 19.

Officials also reported the first decline in the number of non-critical COVID-19 patients receiving hospital care.

That number fell from 29,010 on Saturday to 28,949 on Sunday.

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The number of critical patients edged down from 3,994 on Saturday to 3,977 on Sunday – the second successive decline.

Italy’s official death toll, the highest in the world, now stands at 15,887.


08:12 am

Cases in India pass 4,000

India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare announced on Monday that 4,067 people in total have tested positive for novel coronavirus.

A total of 109 people have died as a result of contracting the virus, according to the ministry.


07:54 am

Tokyo records 143 new cases in 24 hours

Tokyo recorded 143 new cases of the coronavirus on Sunday, taking the number of people who have tested positive for Covid-19 to over 1,000.



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