Coronavirus crisis ‘like no other’ as cases near 2m

IMF says the global economy is expected to shrink by 3 percent this year, forecasting the steepest downturn since the Great Depression of the 1930s

Total number of coronavirus cases in Russia has surged past 20,000 as the country posted a record number of daily cases.

Some 1.93 million people around the world have now been confirmed to have the new coronavirus, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. More than 120,000 have died, while nearly 450,000 have recovered.
The WHO is due to release its latest strategic advice on tackling the outbreak, which will include six criteria for lifting restrictions on movement.

Sweden says the number of coronavirus deaths in the country has exceeded 1,000.

Here are the latest updates:
Tuesday, April 14
17:00 GMT – Uganda extends coronavirus lockdown for three more weeks

President Yoweri Museveni extended Uganda’s initial 14-day lockdown by an extra three weeks, until May 5, as part of efforts to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Uganda and Rwanda have imposed a total lockdown in their fight against COVID-19, in east Africa’s most stringent response to the infection.
16:35 GMT – Fauci: May 1 target for reopening US economy overly optimistic

The top US infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said that a May 1 target date for reopening the economy was “a bit overly optimistic,” citing a lack of critical testing and tracing procedures.

“We have to have something in place that is efficient and that we can rely on, and we’re not there yet,” Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told the AP news agency in an interview.

Fauci also told the AP that the length of the daily White House coronavirus briefings was “really draining.” Trump, who is running for re-election in November, has at times used the briefings to promote his role and attack political opponents. Monday’s lasted two and a half hours.
16:15 GMT – Italy’s daily new cases lowest in a month

Deaths from the COVID-19 epidemic in Italy rose by 602, up from 566 the day before, posting a second consecutive daily increase, but new infections slowed to 2,972 from 3,153, seeing the smallest daily tally since March 13.

The total death toll since the outbreak came to light on Feb. 21 rose to 21,067, the Civil Protection Agency said, the second highest in the world after that of the United States.

The number of officially confirmed cases climbed to 162,488, the third highest global tally behind those of the United States and Spain.

There were 3,186 people in intensive care on Tuesday against 3,260 on Monday – an 11th consecutive daily decline.

Of those originally infected, 37,130 were declared recovered against 35,435 a day earlier.
16:00 GMT – Zimbabwe president threatens fake news author with 20 years’ jail

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa has threatened a jail term of up to 20 years to the author of a statement, purporting to bear his signature, that said the lockdown to contain the coronavirus outbreak had been extended.

Mnangagwa, who was speaking at his farm after touring Gweru city in central Zimbabwe, told state broadcaster ZBC on Tuesday that the statement, which circulated on social media last week and was immediately denied by the government, was fake.

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15:45 GMT – Turkey’s coronavirus death toll rises by 98 to 1,296: minister

Turkey’s confirmed cases of the coronavirus increased by 4,093 in the past 24 hours, and 98 more people have died, taking the death toll to 1,296, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said.

The total number of cases in the country stood at 61,049, he said.

A total of 3,957 people have recovered so far, and the number of tests carried out over the past 24 hours was 34,456, the minister said.
15:25 GMT – Pakistan loosens lockdown by opening select industries

Pakistan has extended its countrywide state of lockdown on schools, shopping malls, public gatherings and non-essential services for two weeks, but has made exceptions for certain sectors of the economy, in order to stave off rising unemployment and a stagnating economy.

The construction sector would begin to reopen on Wednesday, said Prime Minister Imran Khan at a press conference, following a meeting of the country’s National Coordination Committee on the coronavirus.

Other industries or businesses that would be allowed to reopen include cement and fertiliser plants, mines, glass manufacturers, veterinary services, bookshops and stationary stores, dry cleaners and certain agriculture-related businesses.

Provincial authorities will, however, be free to extend their restrictions on these industries if they believe it is necessary, Khan said.
15:05 GMT – Coronavirus deaths in Sweden pass 1,000

Sweden reported that more than 1,000 people had died from the novel coronavirus, as a group of experts attacked the authorities’ approach to the crisis.

Sweden’s Public Health Agency said it had recorded a total of 11,445 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1,033 deaths.

And it warned that because not all deaths had yet been reported over the four-day Easter weekend, the true number might be higher.

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