Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States have all reported the highest number of deaths in a single day since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
The US recorded 884 coronavirus deaths, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University. It has also confirmed more than 213,000 cases of the disease.
In the UK, a further 563 people died from COVID-19, in what Prime Minister Boris Johnson described as a “sad, sad day”.
In Spain, an additional 864 people died.
Globally, about 938,000 have been diagnosed with the virus, and some 194,000 have recovered. Nearly 47,000 people have died from the disease, which originated in China late last year.
Thursday, April 2
07:45 GMT – Russia cases jump to more than 3,500 in record daily rise
Russia’s coronavirus case tally jumped has jumped to 3,548 , a record daily increase of 771, according to Russia’s crisis response centre.
Cases have been recorded in 76 of Russia’s more than 80 regions, but Moscow remains the epicentre of the outbreak with 595 cases, the centre said. Thirty people have died across the country, it said
07:30 GMT – Top UK health officials says ‘everybody is frustrated’ over stalled testing
One of the UK’s top health officials has said there is widespread frustration within the government that the country was not testing enough people yet.
“Everybody involved is frustrated that we haven’t got to the position yet that we need to get to,” Paul Cosford, emeritus medical director of Public Health England, told BBC radio.
“We’ve got not as far as we’ve wanted to but we’ve got up to almost 13,000 tests a day being available,” he said.
07:20 GMT – Almost 900,000 Spanish workers lost their job since lockdown
Some 898,822 workers lost their jobs since March 12 in Spain, social security data showed on Thursday, more than half of which are temporary workers.
The number of people officially registered as unemployed in the country rose to 3.5 million in March, the highest level since April 2017.
07:15 GMT – Cyprus extends flight ban for another two weeks
Cyprus has extended a ban on commercial air links with 28 countries for another two weeks to curb the spread of coronavirus.
The ban, introduced on March 21 for a 14-day period, will remain for a further 14 days, Cypriot Minister of Transport Yiannis Karousos said in a tweet. He said the decision was dictated by the situation in Cyprus, and the “dramatic” situation in other European states.
Cyprus has recorded 320 coronavirus cases and nine deaths. It has imposed tough restrictions on movement, including a night curfew and allowing people to leave their homes only once a day with a special permit. 07:05 GMT – China accuses US officials of making ‘shameless’ comments on data
China’s foreign ministry has said that US officials are making “shameless” comments casting doubt about China’s reporting of coronavirus cases in the country.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said during a daily briefing that China has been open and transparent about the coronavirus outbreak that began in the country late last year, and accused the US of politicising a health issue and that the country should instead focus on the safety of its people.
The statement comes after the US intelligence community, in a classified report to the White House, concluded that China’s reporting has been intentionally incomplete, according to media reports. 07:00 GMT – British Airways in union talks to suspend about 32,000 staff: Report
British Airways is in talks with its union about a plan to suspend about 32,000 staff in response to the coronavirus pandemic, a person familiar with the situation told Reuters news agency.
The British flag carrier has cut flights and warned it will need to cut jobs to survive the outbreak as the battered aviation sector frantically seeks to lower costs.
06:45 GMT – Greece quarantines migrant camp after positive test
Greece has quarantined a migrant camp after 20 asylum seekers tested positive for coronavirus, the migration ministry has said.
Any movement in and out of the Ritsona camp, which is 75 kilometres (45 miles) northeast of Athens and hosts up to 2,500 people, will be restricted for 14 days the ministry said, adding that police would monitor the implementation of the measures.
Tests on 63 people were conducted after a 19-year-old female migrant who gave birth in hospital in Athens was found infected, becoming the first recorded case among thousands of asylum seekers kept in overcrowded migrant camps across the country. None of the confirmed cases had any symptoms, the ministry said.