Spain sees 17-day low in daily coronavirus deaths

Spain has reported 605 new deaths from coronavirus, the lowest daily tally since March 23, bringing the total death toll in the country to 15,843 while cases rose by 4,576 to a total of 157,022 infections.

In the United States, the death toll has surpassed 16,600, with 1,783 new deaths in 24 hours, according to a tally by the Johns Hopkins University.

However, the number of newly hospitalised patients in the hardest-hit state of New York has dropped to a one percent increase.

It offered a glimmer of hope as the global death toll inches closer to 100,000 amid 1.6 million cases. More than 364,000 people have recovered from the disease worldwide.
Friday, April 10
15:50 GMT – Boris Johnson able to do short walks

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been able walk short distances as part of the care he is receiving to aid his recovery, his office said.

Johnson came out of intensive care after three nights and is recovering on a hospital ward.

“The prime minister has been able to do short walks, between periods of rest, as part of the care he is receiving,” a Downing Street spokesman said. “He has spoken to his doctors and thanks the whole clinical team for the incredible care he has received.”
15:34 GMT – Ireland extends lockdown until May 5

Ireland extended stay-at-home restrictions designed to slow the spread of coronavirus until May 5, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said.

“The restrictions we introduced two weeks ago were due to expire on Sunday. Today the expert recommendation is to extend them for a further three weeks,” he said in a televised address.

Ireland has shut bars, restaurants and non-essential retail and told people not to travel more than 2km (1.2 miles) from their home or visit friends and family.
15:27 GMT – Finland’s emergency supply agency head quits over face masks

Finland’s government said it accepted the resignation of the head of the country’s emergency supply agency, over the multi-million euro purchase of Chinese face masks that proved unsuitable for hospital use.

Prime Minister Sanna Marin earlier said she had lost confidence in the official, Tomi Lounema.
15:00 GMT – Georgia urges Orthodox believers to pray at home

Georgian health officials urged churchgoers to stay at home as the country’s influential Orthodox Church has not discouraged believers from attending liturgies and refuses to use disposable spoons – rather than a shared one – during communions.

Leading health officials said Easter celebrations on April 19 which usually attract huge crowds of believers could be rocket fuel for the coronavirus.

“Let’s pray at home for each other and for our country,” Paata Imnadze, deputy director of Georgia’s National Centre for Disease Control, told a news conference.15:27 GMT – Finland’s emergency supply agency head quits over face masks

Finland’s government said it accepted the resignation of the head of the country’s emergency supply agency, over the multi-million euro purchase of Chinese face masks that proved unsuitable for hospital use.

Prime Minister Sanna Marin earlier said she had lost confidence in the official, Tomi Lounema.
15:00 GMT – Georgia urges Orthodox believers to pray at home

Georgian health officials urged churchgoers to stay at home as the country’s influential Orthodox Church has not discouraged believers from attending liturgies and refuses to use disposable spoons – rather than a shared one – during communions.

Leading health officials said Easter celebrations on April 19 which usually attract huge crowds of believers could be rocket fuel for the coronavirus.

“Let’s pray at home for each other and for our country,” Paata Imnadze, deputy director of Georgia’s National Centre for Disease Control, told a news conference.
14:55 GMT – Russia to block ‘fake news’ criticism of coronavirus measures

Russia’s Prosecutor General’s Office said it would start blocking from Friday access to “fake news” social media posts criticising quarantine measures taken by the city of Moscow to curb the new coronavirus.

The prosecutor’s office said that one video in which a man accused authorities of trying to set up a “digital concentration camp” falsely stated that a coup d’etat was under way. Another post falsely described a system of special passes allowing holders to move around the city freely, it said.

“The prosecutor general’s office continues to take measures to restrict access to information resources where fake news about the situation with the new coronavirus are published,” it said, adding that communications watchdog Roskomnadzor had been asked to remove the video.
14:37 GMT – Arsenal to provide free meals to aid coronavirus fight

Arsenal will provide more than 30,000 free meals as well as sanitary and personal hygiene products to vulnerable people in the local community as part of a response plan to the coronavirus pandemic, the Premier League club said.

The north London club also pledged to donate 100,000 pounds ($124,000) to local organisations and a further 50,000 pounds will go towards a COVID-19 Crisis Fund.

“The Arsenal Foundation has joined forces with HIS Church to deliver 15 tonnes of emergency supplies into Islington,” the club said in a statement. “This initiative forms part of our wider community response to COVID-19, which has seen Arsenal in the Community staff volunteer to transport frontline NHS workers.”
14:17 GMT – France reports 50 COVID-19 cases on board aircraft carrier

Fifty crew members on board France’s sole aircraft carrier, the Charles de Gaulle, have tested positive for the new coronavirus and parts of the ship have been put in lockdown, the armed forces ministry said on Friday.

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13:54 GMT – The Arab doctors who died of coronavirus in Italy

The 100th doctor to die on Italy’s front lines as the country struggles to contain the coronavirus epidemic was Samar Sinjab, a 62-year-old Syrian woman who was born in Damascus.

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