Live updates: US has highest number of cases in the world

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11:20 pm

Trump invokes the Defense Production Act on General Motors to supply ventilators

President Trump has invoked the Defense Production Act for the first time, requiring General Motors to supply ventilators.

“Today, I signed a Presidential Memorandum directing the Secretary of Health and Human Services to use any and all authority available under the Defense Production Act to require General Motors to accept, perform, and prioritize federal contracts for ventilators,” Trump said in a statement.

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10:48 pm

Amazon will donate more than $3 million to support response in France

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10:47 pm

Turkey

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called on more than 80 million citizens to implement a “voluntary quarantine” and not to leave their homes unless for basic and emergency needs, as the country’s death toll from coronavirus reached 92 on Friday.

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10:45 pm

Italy: 5909 new cases and 919 new deaths

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10:35 pm

France: 3809 new cases and 299 new deaths

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10:21 pm

UK: 2885 new cases and 181 new deaths

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10:20 pm

Global Cases

Total: 586,455
Deaths: 26,889
Recoveries: 132,428

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09:58 pm

There are now at least 95,000 cases in the US

At least 1,451 people have died.

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09:57 pm

Bahrain: Certain Medical Services Temporarily Suspended

The National Health Regulatory (NHRA) announces the temporary suspension of elective, non-emergent medical services and procedures in Dental, Dermatology, Plastic Surgery and Alternative Medicine services at all private healthcare facilities.

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09:45 pm

Armani switches production in factories to make overalls for health workers

Italian conglomerate the Armani Group’s production plants have now switched to manufacturing single-use overalls for health care workers battling coronavirus, the company said in a statement on Facebook.

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09:30 pm

US: The first NBA players who tested positive have been medically cleared

The Utah Jazz said all of their players and team personnel, including center Rudy Gobert and guard Donovan Mitchell, have completed their self-isolation period and are medically cleared by the Utah Department of Health.

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09:15 pm

UAE reports 72 new cases

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09:07 pm

Bahrain: Manama Central Market Working Hours Changed

The BCCI stated that the new timing for traders will be from 1 am until 6 am. The market will receive the public daily from 4:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. in gates No. 1, 4, 3, 9 and 12 will be designated only for entry and exit. Guard and organization matters, the announcement stated, will be the responsibility between the Ministry of Interior and the Central Market. The number of people present and the social separation will be also taken into account.

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08:57 pm

Turkey

Turkey limited intercity bus travel and banned walks and fishing along the seashore and beaches, as well as jogging in forests and parks on weekends, as Ankara extended measures against the coronavirus.

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08:37 pm

Bahrain Records 8 New Recoveries

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08:20 pm

India: 151 new cases

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08:15 pm

Qatar: 13 new cases

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08:07 pm

Bahrain: All markets watched

Inspection officers visited branches of a well-known hypermarket and clarified the necessity of following precautionary measures. This was announced by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism.

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08:00 pm

Apple releases website and app for screening

Apple on Friday released a website and an iOS app that allows users to screen themselves for coronavirus symptoms, marking another response to the pandemic by a major tech platform.

The website is https://www.apple.com/covid19.

The app can be downloaded here: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/id1504132184

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08:00 pm

Italy

The death toll from an outbreak of coronavirus in Italy has surged by 919 to 9,134,  easily the highest daily tally since the epidemic emerged on Feb. 21.

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07:50 pm

World Health Organization will ship equipment to 60 more countries

As the world faces a global shortage of medical equipment, the World Health Organization is planning to ship personal protective equipment to doctors in 60 more countries, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a media briefing in Geneva today.

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07:50 pm

Global Cases

Cases: 572,464
Deaths: 26,348
Recoveries: 129,949

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07:30 pm

UAE: Dubai announces free parking during sterilisation program

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07:10 pm

French PM announces two-week extension of lockdown, until April 15.

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06:45 pm

Italy

Infections in Italy have yet to reach their peak, the head of the country’s national health institute said on Friday, as officials warned that lockdown restrictions would have to be extended beyond April 3.

Italy has reported 8,215 deaths from the illness, more than anywhere else in the world, while confirmed cases total 80,539, with latest data from Thursday showing no let up in new infections, stifling hopes of a possible turnaround.

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06:38 pm

UAE: Dubai Driving licences can be renewed without eye test

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06:15 pm

Death toll from virus tops 25,000 globally, most in Europe.

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06:00 pm

India: 136 new cases

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05:50 pm

The Netherlands: 1172 new cases and 112 new deaths

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05:47 pm

Bahrain: ID Card Transactions Should Be Completed Online

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05:36 pm

Bahrain: Gulf Air Cancels Scheduled Flight From Muscat

Gulf Air indicated that it had taken a decision today to cancel one of its scheduled flights from Muscat Airport after it was found that there are a large number of registered travelers for the flight and coming from Iran through Doha Airport without prior notification or any consideration of the precautionary measures and preventive measures taken to ensure the health and safety of all travelers and crew.

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05:30 pm

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has released 250 foreign detainees, who were arrested for non-violent immigration and residency offenses, as part of efforts to contain the spread of the virus.

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05:10 pm

Dutch cases rise by 1,172 to 8,603 with 112 new deaths

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04:55 pm

UK’s Health Secretary tests positive

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04:50 pm

101-year-old Italian coronavirus patient released from hospital

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04:30 pm

Global Cases

Total: 552,598
Deaths: 25,042
Recoveries: 128,705

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04:30 pm

Pope Francis Tests Negative After Vatican Scare

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04:00 pm

Switzerland said the number of cases has reached 12,161, with 197 deaths

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03:50 pm

UK: Queen remains in good health, the Palace says

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03:30 pm

Iraq reported 76 new cases

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03:12 pm

Lebanon reported 23 new coronavirus cases, bringing total to 391

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03:02 pm

Lebanon extends lockdown till April 12

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02:34 pm

Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus

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02:07 pm

Iran: 144 new deaths, total cases surpass 30,000

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01:57 pm

Bahrain: 8 new cases, 17 recoveries

Active cases stand at 235, discharges at 277 and deaths at 4.

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01:31 pm

Malaysia: 250-billion ringgit ($58.28 billion) stimulus package

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01:30 pm

Kuwait: 17 new cases, bringing the total to 225

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01:16 pm

Hong Kong: Largest single-day increase, bringing total to 518

Health officials in Hong Kong have confirmed 65 new novel coronavirus cases, in the largest single-day increase since the outbreak began.

The 65 new cases brings the city-wide total to 518. Some 338 cases are still currently being treated in hospitals, including four cases in critical condition.

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01:02 pm

Jordan

40 new coronavirus cases, brings total infections to 212

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01:01 pm

Egypt

39 new coronavirus cases and three deaths, bringing the total number of infected patients to 495

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01:01 pm

Russia suspended operation of tourist facilities, hotels until June 1

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12:59 pm

Philippines

The Philippines reported nine new deaths due to COVID-19, and 96 more infections.

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12:59 pm

Indonesia

Indonesia has confirmed 153 new coronavirus cases, the biggest daily rise so far and taking the Southeast Asian country’s total to 1,046.

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12:58 pm

Oman: 22 new cases

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12:56 pm

Iran: 32,332 total cases and 2,378 deaths

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12:53 pm

Paris hospitals to reach capacity in 48 hours

Paris and its suburbs now account for over a quarter of the 29,000 confirmed coronavirus infections in French hospitals, with almost 1,300 now in intensive care. The death toll nationwide as of Thursday evening stood at 1,696.

“We will be at the limit of our capacities in 24 or 48 hours. We will need to show real solidarity between regions, hospitals and increase the numbers of patient transfers.” head of the French Hospital Federation said.

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12:31 pm

Russia surpasses 1,000 Covid-19 cases

Russia reported 196 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number to 1036, the country’s coronavirus headquarters said in a statement.

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12:22 pm

Stores Across Bahrain Temporarily Closed

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12:15 pm

Bahrain: Same-day Home Delivery from Batelco

Batelco announced introducing a same-day Home Delivery service to support the community during the current period of shop closures and people staying at home.

The service which started functioning yesterday will accept orders for devices and services through batelco.com, Batelco App, Live Chat and WhatsApp Sales. Orders placed before 11 am will be delivered on the same day, while orders placed after 11 am will be scheduled for next day delivery.

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11:59 am

Kuwait: 611 expats return to their home countries

From the expatriated who left were 342 Egyptians and 254 Filipinos after they completed preventive measures against the pandemic.

Meanwhile three planes carrying a total of 306 Kuwaiti citizens coming from Lebanon, Egypt and Bahrain arrived at Kuwait International Airport.

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11:55 am

Coronavirus: Oman Expo postponed to 2021

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11:36 am

South Africa under a nationwide military-patrolled lockdown

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11:30 am

Mexico reports 110 new cases of coronavirus in one day

Mexico’s health authorities announced 110 new cases of novel coronavirus today, bringing the national total to 585 cases.

Two more deaths were also reported, raising the death toll to eight.

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11:26 am

Germany death toll rises to 253

Germany now has 42,288 confirmed coronavirus cases, an increase of 5,780 in 24 hours,

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11:21 am

Afghanistan

Afghanistan has confirmed 11 new Coronavirus cases in last 24 hours, pushing the total number of infections to 95

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11:16 am

Tokyo records highest single-day jump in coronavirus infections

Tokyo recorded its highest single-day jump in coronavirus infections Thursday, with 47 new cases.

The increase in people testing positive for the virus comes as Tokyo’s governor Yuriko Koike urged citizens to stay at home over the weekend. She also requested people work from home during weekdays and refrain from attending and organizing large gatherings until April 12.

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11:16 am

Cases top 531,000 globally

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11:12 am

South Africa records first deaths from coronavirus

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11:03 am

USA

“Nearly every school” in the US is considering early graduation for medical students.

Medical schools across the US are considering early graduation for their senior medical students to become doctors, as demand for health care providers rises due to the coronavirus pandemic.

On Tuesday, NYU became the first medical school in the country to offer this option.

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10:55 am

Singapore: Strict new measures

People who fail to keep one meter (about 3.3 feet) of distance from others in public areas will be punishable by a fine of up to 10,000 Singapore dollars (about $7,004) or up to six months in prison, or both, according to a statement from the Singapore Ministry of Health.

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10:46 am

Argentina closes all borders to foreign nationals

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10:46 am

Australian military will be called in to enforce quarantine for all flight arrivals

The Australian Defense Force will help enforce a mandatory two-week quarantine for all arrivals at airports nationwide starting Sunday, said Prime Minister Scott Morrison today.

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Passengers arriving in all Australian states and territories will have to quarantine in hotels or other accommodations before being able to return homes.

The additional measures are to prevent a rise in imported cases; two-thirds of cases in Australia are from citizens returning home from abroad, said Morrison.

According to Morrison, 7,120 Australians returned to the country on Thursday.

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10:42 am

UAE: Fines of up to AED50,000 for Covid-19 regulation violators

UAE residents found violating preventive measures and government instructions to contain the ongoing coronavirus pandemic will receive stiff fines of up to AED 50,000, which can be double in cases of repeat offenders, the government has announced.

The fines will be of no less than AED 500, according to the government.

Third-time violations will be referred to the federal crisis and emergency prosecution.

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10:38 am

India records largest increase in coronavirus numbers

India saw its largest spike in coronavirus cases Thursday, increasing by 75, according to the Ministry of Health.

India has recorded 724 cases so far and 17 deaths.

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10:31 am

Qatar: Closure of All Non-Essentials Starting Today

Non-vital businesses like cafes, education support services and centres, arts and theatre services and workshops, entertainment services, wedding and event services and stores, shoe and watch repair kiosks will be included in the new ruling.

Authorities also clarified during the press conference that vital sectors determined by the cabinet, including foodstuff stores, pharmacies, and delivery services, deliveries from restaurants, will be exempted from the ruling on closures.

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10:28 am

WHO says new study doesn’t provide evidence of airborne transmission

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10:24 am

Argentina declared a six-month rent freeze

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10:22 am

Global cases pass 500,000

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10:08 am

Vietnam limits domestic flights and stops public gatherings

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09:53 am

Coronavirus: Bahrainis to be Evacuated from Afflicted Countries

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced yesterday that it is coordinating with the Ministry of Health and diplomatic missions abroad to evacuate Bahraini citizens who are still in Iran, Iraq, Syria and in other GCC countries, including Bahraini students studying abroad.

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09:47 am

G20: $5 trillion to fight Covid-19

Leaders of the Group of 20 major economies pledged on Thursday to inject $5 trillion in fiscal spending into the global economy to blunt the economic impact of the coronavirus and “do whatever it takes to overcome the pandemic.”

“We are strongly committed to presenting a united front against this common threat,” the G20 leaders said in a joint statement following their 90-minute call.

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09:40 am

Bahrain: Central Market Disinfected as a Preventive Measure

“Amanat Al Asimah” has sterilized and disinfected the vegetable and fruit section of the central market within the implementation of an integrated plan of action using safe and standardized sterilizers, as a preventive measure aimed at combating the “Corona-Covid 19” virus.

The market closure was till dawn today and it has opened today as its usual cycle until two o’clock in the afternoon. Going forth, the sterilization process will be completed in cooperation with the Civil Defense Department.

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09:27 am

China prepares to seal itself off from the world to stem ‘imported’ coronavirus cases

China will temporarily bar the entry of almost all foreigners and drastically reduce flights to the country as it tries to head off the second wave of infections caused by travellers coming from abroad.

The ban, which goes into effect at midnight on Friday, comes as the country reported its first locally infected coronavirus infection in three days and reported 54 imported cases. The move was greeted with broad support inside China.

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09:26 am

UAE to Activate Remote Work from March 29

The UAE’s Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR) will activate the remote work system for all ministries, authorities, and federal institutions, effective Sunday, March 29, for a renewable period of two weeks.

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09:16 am

Coronavirus: America Now Has Most Number of Cases in the World

America now has the maximum number of coronavirus cases at 85, 594. With this, it has surpassed China, which has a total of 81,340 cases.

However, with almost 1,300 Covid-19-related fatalities, the US death toll lags behind China (3,291) and Italy (8,215).

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08:59 am

Uzbekistan records first death and shuts down further cities and districts

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08:54 am

Saudi: Mechanism for Visa Extension Without Expat Fee

The General Directorate of Passports (Jawazat) unveiled the mechanism to exempt foreign workers from expat fee until the end of June 2020, as part of efforts to combat the economic fallout of coronavirus.

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08:43 am

Qatar: 12 new coronavirus cases, raising total to 549

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08:31 am

Jordan: 40 new coronavirus cases, total infections 212

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08:24 am

Bahrain: 3 Years Jail, Fine for Violating Gathering-Ban

Violators will face a penalty stated in article 25 of the decree-law 5 of 1990 of civil defence of up to three years jail term or/and will be fined up to BD 5000.

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08:03 am

Dubai launches permits to leave home site amid disinfection curfew

Dubai Media Office said the website will allow for residents of the Emirate to apply for permits for those needing to head outdoors for “essential purposes” during the three days of the campaign which starts at 8 pm every night and lasts until 6 am the next morning.

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07:57 am

Bahrain: 30% of second batch of Iran repatriates positive

63 citizens were brought back in the second batch from Iran, out of which 30% tested positive. They are in treatment at the isolation centre.

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