LIVE UPDATES: Over 80,000 New Cases In 24 Hours Worldwide

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4805 new cases and 681 new deaths in Italy

The number of patients hospitalized in intensive care has declined for the first time since the beginning of the epidemic in Italy

The target of bringing down the reproductive number (R0) to 1 has been reached. Now the goal is to bring it below 1. Earlier in the epidemic, it was as high as 3. This value represents the average number of people to which a single infected person will transmit the virus. An epidemic with a reproductive number below 1 will gradually disappear

An estimated 30,000 lives have been saved as an effect of the lockdown measures.

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Coronavirus: Most expat cases in Bahrain are Indians

After Bahrainis, Indians constitute the second-highest group of people affected, which is not a surprise as Indians form the biggest expat community in Bahrain. Of 637, while 463 are Bahrainis, 99 are Indians and rest 75 are of different nationalities. This means that 73% of coronavirus patients are Bahrainis, 15% are Indians and others are only 12%. Read more 

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There are at least 290,606 coronavirus cases in the US

There are at least 290,606 cases of coronavirus in the US and 7,826 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University’s tally of cases in the country.

On Saturday, at least 12,653 new cases and at least 674 new deaths in the US have been reported, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins.

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423 Cases Recovered in Bahrain

Out of 688 total cases, 423 people recovered from the new coronavirus(COVID-19).

The Ministry of Health has confirmed that there are 261 active cases in Bahrain, including 15 new cases today.

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New York has 113,704 confirmed cases across the state

New York has a total 113,704 Covid-19 cases, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said today during a press conference.

The state recorded a new high of positive cases Friday with 10,841. There are 15,905 people in the hospital and 4,126 in ICU, Cuomo said.

As of today, 3,565 people have died due to Covid-19.

New York City’s numbers are dropping and Long island positive case numbers are growing, Cuomo said.

New York City’s Javits Convention Center will have 2,500 beds and will be staffed entirely by the federal government, Cuomo said.

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Bahraini: Man Tested Positive During Random Testing

According to the Health Ministry’s contact tracing data, a 40-year-old Bahraini man tests positive as part of a campaign to obtain random samples.

He had no previous travel history and contact tracing is going on.

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Global coronavirus deaths crosses 61,000 as the coronavirus pandemic ravages the United States and Europe, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

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Spain to extend “state of alarm” until April 26

The Spanish government is set to extend the nationwide “state of alarm” introduced on March 14 for a second time, until April 26.

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is due to hold a news conference later Saturday (9 a.m. ET). A spokeswoman for the government told: “The announcement will be made shortly but you can take it as true.”

The leader of the opposition Popular Party Pablo Casado Blanco tweeted that he had “received a call from Pedro Sánchez to inform me that he will request Congress to extend the State of Alarm. I have once again transmitted to you the support of the Popular Party for the containment measures against the coronavirus.”

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The state of alarm involves tight restrictions on movement and allows only essential workers to perform their duties.

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Coronavirus death toll in United Kingdom rises by 708

The United Kingdom has recorded 708 new deaths from coronavirus, the largest one-day rise since the outbreak began.

According to figures released by the Department of Health and Social Care, a total of 4,313 have now died in the UK. The figures are current to 5 p.m. (12 p.m. ET) on April 3, but were released a day later.

The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus as at 9 a.m. (4 a.m. ET) April 4 is 41,903, which is an increase of 3,735 from the previous day’s figures.

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The Netherlands records another 164 coronavirus deaths

The Netherlands has recorded another 164 coronavirus deaths bringing the country’s total to 1,651 — 904 higher than Friday’s total — according to new figures from the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment.

The health authority said there have now been 16,627 confirmed coronavirus cases since the outbreak began, although it added that the true number will be higher because not everyone is tested.

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UAE: 241 new coronavirus cases reported

The UAE on Saturday reported another 241 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of COVID-19 patients to 1505.

It is the highest-single day toll of infections that are reported in the UAE since the emergence of the coronavirus in the country. Read more

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UAE extends night-time curfew to disinfect public areas

The United Arab Emirates has extended a de-facto night-time curfew indefinitely to disinfect public areas to fight the spread of coronavirus, the state-run news agency WAM reported late on Friday. Read more… 

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UK’s lockdown will remain in place for weeks

The UK’s social distancing rules will remain in force for several more weeks, despite signs the coronavirus outbreak is slowing, one of the country’s leading epidemiologists has said.

Professor Neil Ferguson, one of the experts who has been advising the government on its response, told the BBC there’s been an 85% drop in the typical number of people movements outside homes since the rules were put in place.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the government will continue to keep the social distancing restrictions under review, and relax them “if and when the evidence shows we are able to.”

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Johnson said he has written to the leaders of opposition parties to “invite them to work together at this moment of national emergency.”

In his letter, Johnson described the coronavirus outbreak as the “biggest threat this country has faced in decades” and one that will take months – not weeks – to fight.

“As party leaders, we have a duty to work together at this moment of national emergency. Therefore, I would like to invite all leaders of opposition parties in Parliament to a briefing with myself, the Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Adviser next week,” Johnson wrote.
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Spain’s death toll rise is flattening out

A further 809 people have now died from coronavirus in Spain, bringing the total to 11,744 deaths, according to Spanish Health Ministry figures released Saturday.

The deaths are a rise of 7.3% but are the lowest increase since March 26.

 

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Germany’s death toll jumps by 141 to 1,158

Germany’s coronavirus death toll has risen to 1,158, according to the country’s disease and control agency, the Robert Koch Insititute. The death toll increased by 141 deaths in 24 hours.

There are now 85,778 coronavirus cases in Germany, with the total number of confirmed cases jumping 7% from Friday to Saturday.

Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday that there is a “bit of hope” for Germany after figures show that the spread of coronavirus is “a bit slower than it was just a few days ago.”

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Kuwait: 587 expats suspected to be positive cases

On suspicion of being infected from coronavirus, 587 expats were transferred from a quarantined building in Dasman to an institutional quarry in addition to 39 others were shifted to Jaber Hospital, according to Arab Times.

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600 members of the French military have coronavirus

Six hundred members of the French military have coronavirus, French Defense Minister Florence Parly announced today.

“The situation is evolving, and we are following it very closely,” the minister said, adding: “Our operational capacity is not impacted.”

On Thursday, the ministry announced that four French soldiers from the Barkhane anti-jihadist operation in the Sahel — a semi-arid region of western and north-central Africa that extends from Senegal to Sudan — had tested positive.

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Kuwait reports 62 new cases of coronavirus

Kuwait on Saturday announced the first death from the COVID-19 disease in the country. Kuwait also said that 62 new cases of the disease had been recorded, taking the total in the country to 479.  Read more…

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Egypt

Egypt’s Awqaf ministry has denied reports of return of prayer in mosques next week.

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Lebanon

Lebanon has reported 12 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total to 520.

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Bahrain: 3-Month-Old Boy Tested Positive

According to the Health Ministry’s contact tracing data, a 3-month-old Bahraini baby boy tested positive after coming in contact with two other positive cases of a 36-year-old and 28-year-old Bahraini Females. Read More…

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Belgium

Belgium has reported 1,661 coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of infected patients to 18,431.

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Bahrain: Almost 400 discharged so far

The Ministry of Health in Bahrain has confirmed a total of 399 cases have been discharged and currently, there are 285 active cases, including 15 new cases. Read more…

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Palestine

Palestine has reported 11 new coronavirus cases of workers arriving from Israel. The total number of infected cases is 205.

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Russia

Russia has recorded nine new coronavirus deaths, raising death toll to 43.

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Morocco

Morocco has confirmed 53 new coronavirus cases, raising total to 844

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Bahrain

Bahrain’s Gulf Air said transit flights are open again for passengers through Bahrain Airport. The entry to the country is restricted to citizens and residents, the airline added.

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Kuwait: First Death Was An Indian Expat

The infected Indian citizen succumbed to death due to infection from coronavirus reports Al Rai. He was receiving treatment. The sources said that the deceased showed sign of little improvement but later took a sharp turn and his condition deteriorated which led to death.

 

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Kuwait: Active Coronavirus Cases Reduced To 93

Kuwait’s Minister of Health Shaikh Dr. Basel Al Sabah on Saturday announced the recovery of 11 cases from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), raising the country’s total recoveries to 93. Read more…

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11:41 am

Pink tested positive for coronavirus — and recovered

Pink tested positive for coronavirus, the singer said in a tweet.

“Two weeks ago, my three-year-old son Jameson and I are showing symptoms of Covid-19. Fortunately, our primary care physician had access to tests and I tested positive,” she said.

The family stayed at home for two weeks, and tested negative a few days ago.

“It is an absolute travesty and failure of our government to not make testing more widely accessible,” Pink said. “This illness is serious and real.”

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The star said she would donate a total of $1,000,000, split between the Temple University Hospital Emergency Fund and the Los Angeles Mayor’s emergency coronavirus fund.

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India reports more than 600 new cases in a day

India has reported its biggest single-day jump in new coronavirus cases, with 601 in the past day representing a 26% rise, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

The country now has 3,082 cases and 86 deaths, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.

The surge in cases has been linked to a religious gathering held at a New Delhi mosque in March, a senior health ministry official said. People from across India and overseas had gathered for the event.

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So far, 647 cases have been directly linked to the gathering, said Lav Agarwal, a senior official of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. He added that the cases have been identified and isolated across 14 states and union territories.

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Oman Reports 25 New Coronavirus Cases

The Ministry of Health (MOH) in Oman announced the registration of 25 new coronavirus cases in the country on Saturday.

According to MOH, the total confirmed cases of coronavirus has touched 277.

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Abu Dhabi extends ban on events and closure of venues

Abu Dhabi’s tourism department has extended the ban on all events and wedding parties, and the closure of venues in Abu Dhabi until further notice in line with the government’s precautionary measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in the country. Read more…
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Number of daily new cases slowing in Thailand

The rate of daily new coronavirus cases has slowed in Thailand, according to the country’s Ministry of Public Health.

March 22 marked the biggest single-day jump in cases in the country, with 188 confirmed on that day alone. Today, that number was 89.

Thailand has 1,978 cases and 19 deaths, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University.

Here’s a look at the decline in new cases over the past two weeks:

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The total number of cases have reached 1,118,059 worldwide, and around 59,206 have died so far.

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First time ever: Japan records over 300 new cases in a day

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A Complete List of Contact Tracing Cases in Bahrain

The Ministry of Health has begun announcing contact tracing information.

This measure has been established, in coordination with the Ministry of Interior, to ensure the continued health and safety of all citizens and residents, and involves the circulation of precautionary information detailing the locations visited by contacts of active cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19). These notifications also include the dates individuals visited those locations. Click here for the complete list

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China reports 19 new cases, all but one imported from overseas

China confirmed 19 new coronavirus cases on Friday — of which all but one were imported from overseas, according the country’s National Health Commission (NHC).

There were also 64 new asymptomatic cases reported, which are counted separately. There are 1,030 such asymptomatic cases under medical observation.

The NHC also reported four new deaths.

This brings the national total to 81,639 cases and 3,326 deaths. According to the NHC, 76,751 patients have recovered and been discharged from hospital.

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09:46 am

China observes three-minute silence

China came to a standstill to mourn patients and medical staff killed by the coronavirus, as the world’s most populous country observed a nationwide three-minute silence.

At 10 am (0200 GMT), citizens paused, cars, trains and ships sounded their horns, and air-raid sirens rang out in memory of the more than 3,000 lives claimed by the virus in China.

09:34 am

Oman plans online sale of fruits and vegetables

Oman is currently designing an online platform for sales and purchase of fruits and vegetables from the market, reported Times of Oman. Read more…

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Los Angeles recorded 1,000 cases in 48 hours

Los Angeles County has recorded 1,000 coronavirus cases in just 48 hours, the mayor said on Friday.

“To put that in perspective, it took us 23 days to get to the first thousand cases and we’ve done that in just the last two [days],” Mayor Eric Garcetti said at a news conference. “So even as we slow the rate of growth, the cases are still growing, and will continue to be hundreds and hundreds, possibly in coming days, more than 1,000 a day.”

Los Angeles County had a 13% increase in cases Friday — the third day in a row of low-teens or mid-teen increases, the mayor said. This is a decrease from the previous week, when the city saw almost a 27% increase on average each day.

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“A week ago, the rate of increase was about 50% more than it is right now,” Garcetti said. “But on the other hand, before you start to get relaxed and say we can go outside, this is a moment to continue pressing on the accelerator.”

More than 40,000 Angelenos have been tested for Covid-19, and Los Angeles has the capacity to do 3,500 tests a day in the coming week, Garcetti said.

It has been 15 days since California has been under stay-at-home orders — and 19 days since Los Angeles started social distancing.

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09:14 am

Bahrain International Airport Permits Passenger Transit

The Civil Aviation Affairs has issued a circular stating that transit passengers from all nationalities have been permitted to use Bahrain International Airport as of yesterday. Read more…

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National Sterilization Program to be extended across UAE

The UAE’s National Sterilization Program will be extended across the UAE, state news agency WAM reported on Friday citing the Ministry of Health and Prevention and the Ministry of Interior.

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Mexico

Mexico’s health ministry said that the number of people who have died of coronavirus in the country has risen to 60, up from 50 a day earlier. It registered a total of 1,688 coronavirus cases, up from 1,510.

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Bahrain: 529 Online Requests Received by the Public Prosecution

“The public prosecution has received a total of 529 requests to use electronic systems since March 15th,” this was announced by Head of public prosecution, Dr. Ali Al-Shuwaikh.

He added that this came as part of the Public Prosecution’s plan to develop its work system. He noted that this number came after the Public Prosecution announced the allocation of WhatsApp application numbers and invited all to submit requests to the prosecution.

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WHO supports countries in their decisions around masks, official says

While the World Health Organization has not changed its position on whether the general public should wear face masks during the coronavirus pandemic, it will support individual countries in making their own national recommendations around mask wearing.

“We can certainly see circumstances in which the use of masks — both homemade and cloth masks — at the community level may help in an overall comprehensive response to this disease, and we will support governments in making those decisions based on the situation they find themselves in in terms of transmission,” Dr. Mike Ryan, WHO executive director of health emergencies programme, said during a media briefing in Geneva on Friday.
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Gap between daily new cases and recoveries widening

The world is adding over 70,000 cases every day while the daily recoveries are still sub-15,000 on an average in the last three days.

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06:49 am

UAE Launches New Self-Quarantine App

The Department of Health – Abu Dhabi on Friday launched StayHome app for those in mandatory quarantine.

A person who has been identified for home quarantine will be asked by the department to download the app from Google Play or App Store. The app ensures that the person adheres to mandatory requirements, thus preventing the spread of Covid-19.

06:06 am

Middle East remains on high alert as cases increase worldwide

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