Coronavirus deaths in New York go past 3,500

New York state’s coronavirus toll has risen at a devastating pace to 3,565 deaths, up from 2,935 the previous day, the largest 24-hour jump recorded there.

Meanwhile, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced that Madrid will extend the country’s coronavirus lockdown until April 25, as Spain’s death toll reached 11,744.
Iran’s death toll from the coronavirus outbreak has climbed to 3,452, with 158 more fatalities recorded over the past 24 hours, Health Ministry Spokesman Kianoush Jahanpur said.

Globally the death toll surged past 60,000 on Saturday, according to the data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, amid over 1.1 million cases.
Saturday, April 4
17:05 GMT – Italy coronavirus death toll passes 15,000

The death toll from the coronavirus in Italy rose by 681 to 15,362, a somewhat lower rise than those seen in recent days, while the number of patients in intensive care fell for the first time, the Civil Protection Agency said.

The total number of confirmed cases rose to 124,632 from 119,827 reported on Friday, an increase of 4,805, slightly higher than the numbers over recent days which have encouraged hopes that the spread of the disease has reached a plateau.

Of those originally infected nationwide, 20,996 were declared recovered on Saturday, compared with 19,758 a day earlier.

There were 3,994 people in intensive care, down from a previous 4,068, the first time the total had fallen since the outbreak in northern Italy on February 21
16:56 GMT – Qatar reports 250 new coronavirus cases

Qatar announced 250 new infections of coronavirus, with 1,213 active cases in total.

The Ministry of Public Health said that 16 more people have recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of people recovered in the country to 109.

Meanwhile the number of people tested for coronavirus stands at 31,951.
16:11 GMT – New York announces record single-day death toll

New York state’s coronavirus toll rose at a devastating pace to 3,565 deaths up from 2,935 the previous day, the largest 24-hour jump recorded there.

The state has now recorded 113,704 positive cases – 63,306 in New York City, where 2,624 have died – just 6,000 short of hard-hit Italy’s total number of cases.

In his daily briefing on Saturday, Governor Andrew Cuomo said infections could peak in the state in anywhere from four to 14 days.
15:57 GMT – Nigeria to set up $1.39bn fund to fight coronavirus

Nigeria plans to create a 500 billion naira ($1.39bn) coronavirus fund to strengthen its healthcare infrastructure to tackle the virus, the government said.

Finance Minister Zainab Ahmed, House of Representatives speaker Femi Gbajabiamila and Senate President Ahmad Lawan agreed in a meeting that the crisis intervention fund would pull in cash as loans from various special government accounts and get the rest from grants and loans from multilateral institutions, a statement said.

“This cisis intervention fund is to be utilised to upgrade healthcare facilities,” Ahmed said in the statement.

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New York state’s coronavirus toll has risen at a devastating pace to 3,565 deaths, up from 2,935 the previous day, the largest 24-hour jump recorded there.

Meanwhile, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced that Madrid will extend the country’s coronavirus lockdown until April 25, as Spain’s death toll reached 11,744.
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Iran’s death toll from the coronavirus outbreak has climbed to 3,452, with 158 more fatalities recorded over the past 24 hours, Health Ministry Spokesman Kianoush Jahanpur said.

Globally the death toll surged past 60,000 on Saturday, according to the data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, amid over 1.1 million cases.

Here are the latest updates:

Saturday, April 4
17:05 GMT – Italy coronavirus death toll passes 15,000

The death toll from the coronavirus in Italy rose by 681 to 15,362, a somewhat lower rise than those seen in recent days, while the number of patients in intensive care fell for the first time, the Civil Protection Agency said.

The total number of confirmed cases rose to 124,632 from 119,827 reported on Friday, an increase of 4,805, slightly higher than the numbers over recent days which have encouraged hopes that the spread of the disease has reached a plateau.

Of those originally infected nationwide, 20,996 were declared recovered on Saturday, compared with 19,758 a day earlier.

There were 3,994 people in intensive care, down from a previous 4,068, the first time the total had fallen since the outbreak in northern Italy on February 21
16:56 GMT – Qatar reports 250 new coronavirus cases

Qatar announced 250 new infections of coronavirus, with 1,213 active cases in total.

The Ministry of Public Health said that 16 more people have recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of people recovered in the country to 109.

Meanwhile the number of people tested for coronavirus stands at 31,951.
16:11 GMT – New York announces record single-day death toll

New York state’s coronavirus toll rose at a devastating pace to 3,565 deaths up from 2,935 the previous day, the largest 24-hour jump recorded there.

The state has now recorded 113,704 positive cases – 63,306 in New York City, where 2,624 have died – just 6,000 short of hard-hit Italy’s total number of cases.

In his daily briefing on Saturday, Governor Andrew Cuomo said infections could peak in the state in anywhere from four to 14 days.
15:57 GMT – Nigeria to set up $1.39bn fund to fight coronavirus

Nigeria plans to create a 500 billion naira ($1.39bn) coronavirus fund to strengthen its healthcare infrastructure to tackle the virus, the government said.

Finance Minister Zainab Ahmed, House of Representatives speaker Femi Gbajabiamila and Senate President Ahmad Lawan agreed in a meeting that the crisis intervention fund would pull in cash as loans from various special government accounts and get the rest from grants and loans from multilateral institutions, a statement said.

“This cisis intervention fund is to be utilised to upgrade healthcare facilities,” Ahmed said in the statement.
Women sell face masks and gloves, to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, to passengers at a public minibus station in Lagos, Nigeria Friday, March 27, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or m Nigeria has so far reported 210 coronavirus cases [Sunday Alamba/AP] 15:40 GMT – EU approves support packages for Greece, Poland and Portugal

The European Commission has approved a series of multi-billion-euro state support packages for Greece, Poland and Portugal to help soften the economic impact of the coronavirus through grants and loan guarantees.

The Commission, which enforces EU anti-trust regulation, loosened its rules last month to allow EU governments to support businesses and banks after factories began to fall quiet and Europeans were ordered to stay home to stop the virus spreading.

In a series of statements, the Commission approved a 13-billion-euro state aid programme for the Portuguese economy, a 22-billion-euro plan of state guarantees for Poland and a two-billion-euro scheme for Greece.

The schemes were judged not to distort EU competition.
15:30 GMT – UAE extends coronavirus curfew

The United Arab Emirates has extended a de facto overnight curfew indefinitely to disinfect public areas to fight the spread of coronavirus.

The UAE’s disinfection drive, which consists of spraying streets, parks and public transport facilities, runs from 8pm (16:00 GMT) to 6am and people must stay at home during those hours, state-run news agency WAM said.

The curfew came in on March 26 and was extended last week until April 5.
15:05 GMT – UK coronavirus death toll rises to 4,313

Britain’s death toll from the coronavirus rose by 20 percent to 4,313 at 16:00 GMT on April 3, the health ministry said.

As of 08:00 GMT on April 4, a total of 183,190 people have been tested, of which 41,903 tested positive, the health ministry said.

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