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Coronavirus Global Latest Updates, 07 April: UK registers daily record of 786 deaths; France’s toll cross 10,000

Coronavirus Global Latest Updates: Meanwhile, cases in Russia rose by more than 1,000 for the first time to reach 7,497 in the past 24 hours. However, in a major relief for China, the country reported no new coronavirus deaths for the first time since it started publishing figures in January.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: April 8, 2020 11:54:38 am
A man wearing a face mask looks out from a small opening on the door of a pharmacy as he waits for customers in Igualada, Spain, Monday, April 6, 2020. (AP)

Coronavirus Latest Updates: As the number of casualties due to coronavirus crossed 79,000, the pandemic seems to plateau in hotspots like Italy, United States, Spain, and China, with France recording 10,000 deaths

On Tuesday, the United Kingdom registered a total of 786 deaths due to the novel coronavirus. In Spain, daily coronavirus death rate shot up to 743 after falling for four straight days. Cases in Russia rose by more than 1,000 for the first time to reach 7,497 in the past 24 hours. However, in a major relief for China, the country reported no new coronavirus deaths for the first time since it started publishing figures in January.

The total number of positive cases across the world has reached over 1.3 million at 1,346, 299 with the US reporting maximum of them at 367,507, Spain (1,36,675), Italy (1,32,547), Germany (1,03,374), France (98,984) and China (82,665). On the other hand, the number of deaths reported is still highest in Italy at 16,523 followed by Spain at 13,341, France at 8,911, the United Kingdom at 5,373, Iran at 3,739, New York at 3,485 and China at 3,212.

Here’s the top global news on COVID-19 that you should know this morning

UK registers daily record of 786 deaths

Britain on Tuesday reported a record 786 new COVID-19 deaths in its daily update, following two days of falling figures, AFP reported.

“As of 5pm on 6 April, of those hospitalised in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus, 6,159 have sadly died,” the health ministry tweeted, up from 5,373 on Monday.

NYC virus deaths exceed 3,200, topping toll for 9/11 attacks

New York City’s death toll from the coronavirus officially eclipsed the number of those killed at the World Trade Center on 9/11. At least 3,202 people have died in New York from Covid-19, according to the count released by the city.

The state recorded 731 new coronavirus deaths Tuesday, its biggest one-day jump yet, for a statewide toll of nearly 5,500, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

Saudi expects virus cases to spike to up to 200,000

Saudi Arabia’s health minister on Tuesday warned of a huge spike in coronavirus cases of up to 200,000 within weeks, AFP reported quoting state media.

The warning comes a day after the kingdom extended the duration of daily curfews in multiple cities, including the capital Riyadh, to 24 hours in a bid to limit the spread of the deadly virus.

“Within the next few weeks, studies predict the number of infections will range from a minimum of 10,000 to a maximum of 200,000,” the official Saudi Press Agency reported, citing health minister Tawfiq al-Rabiah.

Iran says coronavirus death toll nearing 4,000

People wearing protective clothing carry the body of a victim who died after being infected with the new coronavirus at a cemetery just outside Tehran, Iran, Monday, March 30, 2020. (AP)

The total number of coronavirus cases in Iran has risen to more than 62,000 and the death toll is nearing 4,000.

Health Ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur told state television that a further 133 people had died from the virus overnight, bringing Iran’s death toll to 3,872. Nearly 4,000 infected people are in a critical condition, he added. The total number of coronavirus cases has reached 62,589, with 2,089 new infections, Jahanpur said.

However, a member of Iran’s National Coronavirus Combat Taskforce, Hamid Souri has put the number of cases in the nation of 83 million at “around 500,000”, news agency reported citing state news agency IRNA.

EU announces 15 billion euros to fight virus worldwide

The European Union Tuesday announced that it will put up 15 billion euros (USD 16.4 billion) to help poor countries fight the coronavirus epidemic. European Commission head Ursula von der Leyen said the money would help countries with weak healthcare systems tackle the impact of COVID-19 and also aid their long-term economic recovery, news agency AFP reported.

Beating the pandemic in Europe alone is not enough, officials say, pointing out that if coronavirus continues to rage elsewhere in the world, it will simply return in time.

Pakistan’s coronavirus cases rise above 4,000; death toll reaches 54

The total number of coronavirus cases in Pakistan crossed 4,000 on Tuesday with more than 500 fresh infections reported, while the death toll reached 54, news agency PTI reported. The country has so far tested 39,183 people, including 3,088 during the last 24 hours.

Daily wages workers carry sacks of wheat flour and other food supplies provided for free by a municipally, during a lockdown to try to contain the outbreak of the coronavirus, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, April 6, 2020. (AP)

The government has extended the partial lockdown until April 14 and asked people to stay indoors and follow social distancing measures. Prime Minister Imran Khan has also announced Rs 1,200 billion financial package to help vulnerable people and businesses.

After four-day fall, Spain reports 743 new deaths

On Tuesday, Spain’s daily coronavirus death rate shot up to 743 after falling for four straight days, lifting the total toll to 13,798, news agency AFP reported.

The number of new infections in the world’s second hardest-hit country after Italy also grew at a faster pace, rising 4.1 per cent to 140,510, it added. The number of new cases had risen by 3.3 per cent on Monday.

Japan declares state of emergency

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, attends a government and ruling parties meeting at his official residence in Tokyo Tuesday (AP)

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Tuesday declared a month-long state of emergency Tuesday for Tokyo and six other prefectures to ramp up defenses against the spread of the coronavirus.

The announcement follows surges in new cases in Tokyo, including consecutive rises exceeding 100 over the weekend. By Monday there were 1,116 confirmed cases in the metropolitan region of 14 million people. Nationwide, Japan has 3,906 confirmed cases, as well as a 712 from a cruise ship quarantined at Yokohama port near Tokyo, with 91 deaths, the Associated Press reported.

Commuters walk along platforms at a train station Tuesday, April 7, 2020, in Tokyo. (AP )

Abe has been under pressure to declare a state of emergency to get better compliance with calls for social distancing as rising cases where there was no known contact with another patient led experts to say an alarming explosion in infections could overwhelm health care systems.

China reports no new coronavirus deaths for first time

People wearing face masks walk past an electronic board showing Hong Kong share index outside a local bank in Hong Kong. Asian shares are rising, echoing the rally on Wall Street fueled by signs of hope that the coronavirus pandemic could be slowing. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

In a major relief for China, the country reported no new coronavirus deaths for the first time since it started publishing figures in January, news agency AFP reported citing the National Health Commission. Cases in mainland China have been dwindling since March, but the country faces a second wave of infections brought in from overseas, with health officials reporting nearly 1,000 imported cases in total.

Boris Johnson moved to intensive care, foreign minister deputized

A police officer stands outside St Thomas’ Hospital in central London as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was moved to intensive care after his coronavirus symptoms worsened (AP)

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was moved into intensive care on Monday, a worrisome turn in his 10-day battle with the coronavirus. The government said that the decision was a precaution and that he had been in good spirits earlier in the day. In a sign of how grave the situation had become, No. 10 Downing St. said in a statement Monday that Johnson had asked the foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, to deputize for him “where necessary.”

The prime minister is the world’s first known head of government to fall ill with the virus. Multiple world leaders including US President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished him a speedy recovery.

‘Peak death week’ in the US

US fatalities, numbering 10,902 on Monday, have been rapidly closing in on Italy and Spain, the countries with the highest number of deaths to date at more than 16,000 and over 13,000, respectively, according to a Reuters tally of official data. The tally of all known US infections topped 360,000. “It’s going to be the peak hospitalization, peak ICU week and unfortunately, peak death week,” Admiral Brett Giroir, a physician and member of the White House coronavirus task force, told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Monday. More than 90 per cent of Americans were under statewide stay-at-home orders issued in recent weeks, with South Carolina joining on Monday.

Russia’s daily rise in coronavirus cases tops 1,000 for first time

The number of coronavirus cases in Russia rose by more than 1,000 for the first time to reach 7,497 in the past 24 hours, the country’s crisis response centre said on Tuesday. The number of reported cases rose by 1,154 while deaths rose by 11 to 58, the centre said.

Medical workers wearing personal protective equipment wheel bodies to a refrigerated trailer serving as a makeshift morgue at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center (AP)

Trump hints at retaliation if India doesn’t export Hydroxychloroquine to US

US President Donald Trump hinted at a possible retaliation if India does not lift its ban on the export of Hydroxychloroquine — the anti-malaria drug that Trump has repeatedly touted as a “game-changer” in the fight against COVID-19 — despite a request from Washington. Speaking from the White House during the coronavirus taskforce briefing, Trump said that he would be “surprised” if New Delhi doesn’t send Hydroxychloroquine.

France’s coronavirus death rate accelerates, cases near 100,000

France’s coronavirus figures showed that the rate of increase in fatalities – now at almost 9,000 – sped up again after several days of slowing, while the increase in people needing intensive care continued to decelerate. The total number of cases, combining hospital and nursing home statistics, increased by 5,171 over the last 24 hours to 98,010, meaning France will likely become the fifth country, after Italy, Spain, the United States and Germany, to cross the 100,000 threshold on Tuesday.

“The pandemic hasn’t stopped expanding. The figures prove it,” Health Minister Olivier Veran said, adding that the government had decided to mass screen nursing homes which account for about 27% of the total death toll.

A woman walks through an empty street during nationwide confinement to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, in the center of Lyon, central France (AP)

Philippines extends coronavirus lockdown, home quarantine

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte approved the extension of lockdown and home quarantine measures covering more than half of the population, a crisis panel official said, in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus. The Enhanced Community Quarantine was due to end next week but would be extended until April 30, Karlo Nograles, a cabinet secretary, told a regular news conference. Policies restricting movement and gatherings have been in place in and around the capital Manila since nearly a month ago, in response to confirmation of the first domestic transmission. The Philippines was among the first countries to adopt strict home quarantine measures.

Conspiracy theories linking 5G to coronavirus trigger attacks on UK telecom infrastructure

UK telecom masts, 5G linked to coronavirus, UK telecom masts torched, coronavirus technology link, indian express A telecoms mast damaged by fire in Sparkhill, Birmingham. Photo: Reuters

At least 20 telecom masts that enable the next generation of wireless communication were set on fire or otherwise vandalised in the United Kingdom since Thursday after false theories linking coronavirus to 5G networks began to circulate on social media. While there’s no evidence to support the idea that 5G airwaves contribute to Covid-19’s spread, conspiracy theories continue to be widely shared on social media. A video of a telecom tower on fire was also circulated on a Birmingham community web page last week

New Zealand demotes minister for coronavirus lockdown breach

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Tuesday she had rejected her health minister’s offer to resign for breaching nationwide lockdown rules as doing so would jeopardise plans to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. She instead demoted David Clarkto the bottom of cabinet rankings and stripped him of his role as associate finance minister. On Tuesday, it also extended for a second time the state of national emergency for a further seven days.

A worker cleans and disinfects the handles of an escalator at a metro station in an effort to combat the spread of the coronavirus, in Copenhagen, Denmark, (AP)

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