More than 4,000 have now died in the United States due to the coronavirus.
The news comes on the day when Spain recorded it’s highest daily death toll – another 864 people over the past 24 hours – while infections jumped to 102,136, up from 94,417.
Iran’s death toll exceeded 3,000 with 138 new fatalities as the the United Nations chief warned the pandemic is the “worst crisis” to face the world since World War II.
Globally, more than 42,000 people have died, about 860,000 have been diagnosed with the virus, and some 178,000 have recovered, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Wednesday, April 1
12:55 GMT – Erdogan: Turkey may need more measures if ‘voluntary quarantine’ is ignored
Turkey will have to take additional measures if the coronavirus outbreak widens and citizens do not abide by a “voluntary quarantine,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.
Erdogan has stopped short of announcing a full lockdown across Turkey, mainly for economic reasons. He reiterated that Ankara was determined to continue production and exports.
12:39 GMT – Qatar says it will pay worker salaries in full
Qatar has announced that workers under quarantine and treatment in the country will receive full salaries without deductions.
In a press conference on Tuesday, the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (MADLSA) also said it was mandatory for employers and companies to follow the necessary government policy, adding that a hotline service has been launched to receive workers’ grievances.
12:32 GMT – New digital show: The Beginning of the Pandemic
When COVID-19 first broke in China, it was hard to imagine what would follow.
Our correspondent Scott Heidler was there – and he shares what it was like to cover the beginning of a pandemic that now spread throughout the world.
12:00 GMT – Turkey sends supplies to Spain and Italy
Turkish officials said that health supplies for Spain and Italy departed from Etimesgut airport in the captial Ankara.
11:10 – Putin holds meeting by video-conference in coronavirus fears
Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold a government meeting by video conference, the Kremlin said, a day after a doctor who met Putin last week said he had been diagnosed with the virus.
Denis Protsenko last week gave Putin a tour of Moscow’s main coronavirus hospital and shook hands with the Russian leader. Protsenko is now self-isolating in his office.
The Kremlin, which has said everything is fine with Putin’s health, said he was keeping his distance from other people and preferred to work remotely.10:50 GMT – New Zealand police urge virus-testing tent thieves to get tested
Hapless thieves who stole a coronavirus testing tent in New Zealand have put themselves at risk of contracting the virus and should get tested, police warned.
The tent was stolen from outside an Auckland hospital where it had been set up to test Kiwis for COVID-19, police said in a video posted on Facebook.
East Health Trust chief Loretta Hansen said staff discovered the tent was missing when they arrived early Tuesday morning to begin a day of testing.
“Some fool, idiot, come and stole our tent – our COVID-19 testing tent,” she said. “They chopped it off at the ground level. It was bolted in by concrete, and they just chopped it off.”
10:30 GMT – Former Somali PM dies after contracting coronavirus
Somalia’s former Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein has died in a London hospital after contracting coronavirus, his family told BBC’s Somali service.
He was 83 and held office between November 2007 and February 2009.