Coronavirus toll in New York state passes 1,000

US President Donald Trump has extended federal guidelines on social distancing until April 30 after a top health official warned more than 100,000 people could die from the coronavirus in the United States.

The announcement on Sunday evening came as the death toll in hard-hit New York state passed 1,000.

The initial 15-day period had been due to expire on Monday.

The US has 139,000 confirmed infections from the coronavirus, more than any other country in the world, while more than 2,400 people have died from the respiratory illness caused by the pathogen.

Worldwide, the total number of infections recorded since the beginning of the outbreak has reached over 718,000.

Some 149,000 people have recovered.

Monday, March 30
08:50 GMT – Israeli PM Netanyahu’s aide has coronavirus

An aide to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has tested positive for coronavirus but initial findings indicate she had not posed an infection risk to the 70-year-old leader, according to officials.

As a routine precaution, they said Netanyahu was scheduled to undergo a coronavirus test by Tuesday. A previous test, on March 15, found the prime minister to be negative.

Israel’s health ministry regulations generally require 14-day self-isolation for anyone deemed to have been in proximity with a carrier.
08:34 GMT – Philippines reports seven new coronavirus deaths

The Philippines’ health ministry reported seven new coronavirus deaths and 128 more infections.

Total deaths have risen to 78 and infections to 1,546, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire told a regular news conference.

With the arrival of thousands of testing kits and the start of operations of more laboratories, authorities are able to detect more infections, she added.
07:34 GMT – Serbia to invest 5 billion euros to cope with coronavirus impact

Serbia plans to offer about five billion euros ($5.54bn) in loans and subsidies to businesses to help them cope with the economic impact of the coronavirus.

President Aleksandra Vucic said the state will also make a one-off payment of 100 euros to every Serbian citizen older than 18, or around five million of the total population of seven million.

So far, 13 people in Serbia have died from the coronavirus, and more than 700 have been infected.

To counter the outbreak, Serbia introduced stringent measures, including a state of emergency and an overnight lockdown for all.

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