SPAIN CORONAVIRUS DEATH TOLL PASSES 10,000: CORONAVIRUS UPDATES

SPAIN CORONAVIRUS DEATH TOLL PASSES 10,000: CORONAVIRUS UPDATES
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For the second day, Spain has recorded its highest daily death toll as infections globally rise to over 956,000.

By Kate Mayberry, Joseph Stepansky & Tamila Varshalomidze

The coronavirus pandemic death toll in Spain passed 10,000 on Thursday, as the country reported its highest number of deaths in a single day since the outbreak began, with the total rising by 950 to 10,003 among 110,238 infections. 

The US – the world’s hardest-hit country – recorded a total of 5,137 coronavirus deaths, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University. It has confirmed more than 216,000 cases of the disease.

Globally, over 956,000 have been diagnosed with the virus, and some 202,000 have recovered. Nearly 48,000 people have died from the disease, which was first discovered in China late last year.

PUTIN EXTENDS NON-WORKING DAYS UNTIL APRIL 30:

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin extended the country’s non-working days until April 30, saying self-isolation measures were effective in the fight against the new coronavirus.

FOUR FRENCH SOLDIERS POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS:

Four soldiers in West Africa have tested positive for coronavirus, French army said. The army also said that three of the infected soldiers have been repatriated to France.

SINGAPORE CONFIRMS 49 NEW CASES:

Singapore reported 49 more coronavirus cases, its health ministry said, taking the city-state’s total infections of the disease to 1,049. The country recorded its fourth coronavirus-related death.

UK CORONAVIRUS DEATH TOLL RISES TO 2,921, UP 24 PERCENT IN A DAY:

The United Kingdom’s death toll from the coronavirus rose 24 percent to 2,921 as of April 1. As of 08:00 GMT on April 2, a total of 163,194 people had been tested of which 33,718 tested positive, the health ministry said. “Of those hospitalized in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus, 2,921 have sadly died,” the health ministry said.

UK HEALTH MINISTER TO SET OUT NEW TESTING MEASURES: 

 UK Health minister Matt Hancock will set out on Thursday how Britain will boost its testing regime to help tackle the coronavirus outbreak, a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said, acknowledging more needed to be done. Johnson believed Britain must see a “massive increase” in testing to “unlock the coronavirus puzzle and defeat it in the end”, the spokesman said.  “We acknowledge that more needs to be done in relation to testing, we need to be testing more people and we need to be making progress very quickly … The health secretary will set out later the steps we are going to be taking to ensure that there is a significant increase in testing.” 

DEATHS IN NETHERLANDS INCREASE TO 1,339:

The number of deaths caused by an infection with the new coronavirus in the Netherlands has increased by 166 to 1,339, health authorities have said.  The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in the country increased by 8 percent to 14,697, the Dutch Institute for Public Health said.

ISRAEL’S HEALTH MINISTER GETS CORONAVIRUS; TOP OFFICIALS ISOLATE:

Coronavirus has forced more top Israeli officials into isolation after the country’s health minister, who has had frequent contact with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, tested positive, the health ministry said on Thursday. Israeli Health Minister Yaakov Litzman and his wife, who also contracted the virus, are in isolation but said they feel well and are being treated, a ministry statement said.

Shortly after the announcement, the prime minister’s office said Netanyahu returned to self-quarantine because of his contact with Litzman.

 


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