RUSSIA SEES SURGE IN CORONAVIRUS CASES: LIVE UPDATES

RUSSIA SEES SURGE IN CORONAVIRUS CASES: LIVE UPDATES
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A total of 2,774 people tested positive for COVID-19 in 24 hours as the total number of deaths neared 200.

By Kate Mayberry & Usaid Siddiqui

A summary of the latest developments:

  • Total number of coronavirus cases in Russia has surged past 20,000 as the country posted a record number of daily cases.
  • Some 1.92 million people around the world have now been confirmed to have the new coronavirus, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. More than 119,500 have died, while nearly 450,000 have recovered.
  • The WHO is due to release its latest strategic advice on tackling the outbreak, which will include six criteria for lifting restrictions on movement.
  • More than 10,000 people have now died from coronavirus in New York state.
CUOMO SAYS TRUMP IS NOT A KING, CAN’T FORCE STATES TO REOPEN.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo took to morning TV shows to push back against President Donald Trump’s claim of “total” authority to reopen the nation’s virus-stalled economy, noting that a president is not an absolute monarch.

“We don’t have a king,” Cuomo said on NBC’s Today.

“We have a president. That was a big decision. We ran away from having a king, and George Washington was president, not King Washington. So the president doesn’t have total authority.”

The Democratic governor, whose state has become the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, was reacting to  Trump’s assertion Monday that “when somebody is president of the United States, the authority is total”.

DUTCH CORONAVIRUS CASES RISE BY 868 TO 27,419 – AUTHORITIES

Confirmed coronavirus cases in the Netherlands rose by 868 to 27,419, health authorities said, with 122 new deaths.

Total deaths in the country are at 2,945, the Netherlands Institute for Public Health said in its daily update.

SINN FEIN LEADER SAYS SHE HAS THE CORONAVIRUS BUT IS RECOVERING

The leader of the left-wing Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein, Mary Lou McDonald, said that a test taken at the end of March confirmed she had the coronavirus, but she was no longer infected and would return to work next week.

McDonald said she was given the result on Monday after “weeks of being very unwell”. The test was taken on March 28.

McDonald’s party stunned Ireland’s establishment in February by winning the most votes in an inconclusive national election.

MCDONALD’S APOLOGISES AFTER CHINA STORE BANS BLACK PEOPLE

US chain McDonald’s has apologised after a sign telling black people they were banned from entering a branch in southern China prompted outrage online, following reports of discriminatory treatment towards Africans in the city.

Tensions have flared between police and Africans in the southern metropolis of Guangzhou after local officials announced a cluster of COVID-19 cases in a neighbourhood with a large migrant population.

As the row escalated, posts widely shared online showed a sign at fast food chain McDonald’s saying black people were not allowed to enter the restaurant.

IRAN SAYS VIRUS DEATHS DROP BELOW 100 FOR FIRST TIME IN MONTH

Iran said the number of lives lost in the country to the novel coronavirus dropped to double figures for the first time in one month.

Health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said 98 deaths from the COVID-19 disease were recorded in the past 24 hours, bringing the overall toll to 4,683.

“Unfortunately, we lost 98 of our compatriots infected with the disease… but after a month of waiting, this is the first day that the death toll has been double figures,” he told a televised news conference



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