Spain sees highest daily deaths at 864 as Iran’s total toll passes 3,000 over last 24 hours in worst crisis, while coronavirus cases exceed 100000,
Another 864 people died in Spain over the past 24 hours its highest daily death toll from coronavirus 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.
Announcing more than 4,000 dead, the United States surpassed China in the number of fatalities.
Around the world, 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.
The number of cases of coronavirus in Spain surpassed 100,000, while the number of fatalities reported overnight reached a new record at 864.
The number of cases rose to 102,136 up from 94,417 on Tuesday, the health ministry said.
Overall fatalities caused by the disease rose to 9,053 from 8,189 the previous day.The daily death toll was the nation’s highest yet at 864, though the increase was lower in percentage terms than previous days.
Iran’s death toll from the new coronavirus reached 3,036, with 138 deaths in the past 24 hours, health ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur told state TV, adding the country had 47,593 infections.
“We had 2,987 new cases of infected people in the past 24 hours and 15,473 people have recovered from the disease,” Jahanpur said.
The White House has projected 100,000 to 240,000 deaths in the US from the coronavirus pandemic even if current social distancing guidelines are maintained.
The projections were presented during a White House briefing on Tuesday. They suggest if no social distancing measures had been put in place across the country, between 1.5 million to 2.2 million people would have died.
Indonesia confirmed 149 new coronavirus infections, taking the total in the Southeast Asian country to 1,677, a health ministry official said.
Achmad Yurianto reported 21 new deaths from the virus, taking the total to 157, while 103 had recovered.
The Philippines recorded 227 new coronavirus cases and eight more deaths, the health ministry said.
The latest figures brought the total number of infections and deaths in the country to 2,311 and 96, respectively.
Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab, a 13-year-old boy from London who tested positive for COVID-19, has died.
He is believed to be the United Kingdom’s youngest coronavirus victim.
“Ismail was only 13 years old without any pre-existing health conditions and sadly he died without any family members close by due to the highly infectious nature of Covid 19,” the family said in a statement on Tuesday.
A view of the NHS Emergency Department entrance at Kings College hospital in London, Britain, 18 March 2020. British Prime Minister Johnson has called upon the British public to avoid all
Approximately 1,800 people have died after testing positive for COVID-19 in the UK.
Tokyo’s benchmark Nikkei index dropped more than 4 percent amid a broader market rout, with fears growing of a possible lockdown in the capital.
Market sentiment in Tokyo also suffered from a key survey showing confidence among Japan’s biggest manufacturers plunging into negative territory for the first time in seven years, as the coronavirus pandemic hits demand and disrupts production.
The market faced additional selling pressure in late trade after US stock index futures dropped while investors remained nervous about a possible Tokyo lockdown, brokers said.
A man looks at movements of the foreign exchange rate against the US dollar (upper) in Tokyo on March 31, 2020. Tokyo shares closed lower on March 31 in volatile trade, as investors remained nervous
Nikkei has been suffering from growing fears of a possible lockdown in the capital.
As COVID-19 spreads around the world, infected and recovered patients are sharing their experiences on social media.
One pieve of advice most of them agree on is that the virus and illness it causes should not be taken lightly.
“Don’t think this won’t touch you,” one survivor says.
Survivors of #coronavirus share their experiences.
A Russian military transport plane is headed for the US with medical equipment and masks to help Washington fight coronavirus, Russian state television reported.
President Vladimir Putin offered Russian help in a phone conversation with President Donald Trump on Monday, in which the two leaders discussed how best to respond to the virus.
The flight, organised by the Russian defence ministry, is likely to be unpopular with some critics of Trump who have urged him to keep his distance from Putin and argue that Moscow uses such aid as a geopolitical and propaganda tool to advance its influence, something the Kremlin denies.
“Trump gratefully accepted this humanitarian aid,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was cited as saying by the news agency.
Britain is aiming to increase the number of tests for coronavirus to 25,000 a day by the middle of the month from its present capacity of 12,750 a day, housing minister Robert Jenrick told national News.
The UK has so far reported more than 25,000 cases and over 1,800 deaths because of coronavirus.
In this handout photo provided by 10 Downing Street, Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick answering questions from the media via a video link during a media briefing
Minister Jenrick says the UK’s test capacity for coronavirus currently stands at 12,750 a day.
Russian manufacturing activity shrank in March for the 11th straight month and at its sharpest pace since November as the coronavirus outbreak and falling client demand affected production, a survey of businesses showed.
The Markit Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for factory activity fell to 47.5 in March from 48.2 in February, remaining below the 50.0 mark dividing expansion from contraction.
With uncertainty clouding the global economic outlook, business confidence fell to its lowest since the measure of future output was first included in the survey eight years ago.
I will shortly be handing over the live blog to my colleagues in Doha.
Nearly 860,000 people around the world have now been diagnosed with the coronavirus; the number of cases in the US exceeds that in any other country.
China is due to release data showing the number of asymptomatic cases data not previously released publicly.
Japan appears to be edging closer towards the kind of strict movement controls seen elsewhere in the world.
Taiwan is donating 10 million masks and other medical equipment to countries hit hard by the virus.
Reports are coming in that the internet has been restored to the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh, amid concerns that an earlier blackout was preventing people from getting crucial information.
Those living in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, where conflict continues, still have no access to the internet.