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Coronavirus April 18 Highlights: Toll crosses 1,50,000 worldwide; Russia records over 4,500 cases in 24 hours

The United States has recorded the highest toll with over 35,000 deaths in the world, followed by Italy (22,170), although its population is just a fifth of that of the US.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 19, 2020 11:15:29 am
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Coronavirus Live Updates: At least 2.2 million have been infected worldwide and at least 153,177 people have died since the outbreak began, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. The United States has recorded the highest toll with over 35,000 deaths in the world, followed by Italy (22,170), although its population is just a fifth of that of the US. Spain has recorded 19,130 deaths, followed by France with 18,681.

Even as the number of cases in the US crossed 7,00,000 President Donald Trump appears to be encouraging resistance to stay at home orders aimed at containing the coronavirus. He also lashed out at New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, saying he should “get out there and get the job done.” New York, with more than 10,000 deaths, is the epicentre of the virus outbreak in the United States. (Click to follow our coverage on COVID-19)

In China, after sharp criticism from other countries of under-reporting COVID-19 data, revised its death toll to 4,632, reporting 1,290 additional fatalities in Wuhan. The World Health Organization said that it was “an attempt to leave no case undocumented” after medical services in Wuhan were overwhelmed at the start of the outbreak.

Meanwhile, In India, the death toll due to the coronavirus epidemic rose to 480 Saturday while the total number of infections crossed the 14,000-mark to reach 14, 378.

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18:26 (IST)18 Apr 2020
Russia records over 4,500 cases in 24 hours,

Russia records over 4,500 cases in 24 hours, Moscow remains top hotspot.

17:57 (IST)18 Apr 2020
Here's how countries around the world tackling the pandemic

Here's how countries around the world tackling the pandemic

* US: President Donald Trump has lent his support to protestors rallying against lockdown orders. And he has left decisions on easing lockdowns to state officials. The country has recorded around 37,000 deaths and about 2.2 million people have contracted the virus.

* Africa: President Muhammadu Buhari's top aide has succumbed to the virus.

* China: The country, where the virus originated, has revised its death toll to 4,636, adding another 1,290 fatalities.

* Germany: Infection rate had 'sunk significantly' after 3,400 deaths in his country, which is now beginning the delicate task of lifting some restrictions without triggering a secondary outbreak, the health ministry said. Small shops will open from Monday, while some chldren will be attending school.

* Italy: While the northern region of the country has reported 22,745 deaths, the southern region declared a long-sought victory over the coronavirus in poorer southern regions that were less prepared for the pandemic than the richer north.

*Spain & France: Spain has recorded 19,478 deaths, followed by France with 18,681.

16:41 (IST)18 Apr 2020
Italy-bound cruise can't disembark in France

French authorities have barred a cruise ship that's been at sea since early January from disembarking more than 1,000 passengers before its final destination in Italy. The regional administration for the Bouches-du-Rhone in southern France cited a nationwide ban on allowing foreign cruise ships to dock, as part of France's virus-related confinement measures. (AP)

16:31 (IST)18 Apr 2020
Malaysia urged to allow Rohingya refugee boats to land

Human Rights Watch said Saturday that the coronavirus pandemic doesn't justify Malaysia's turning away of overloaded boats carrying Muslim Rohingya and risking the refugees' lives. The New York-based rights group noted that Malaysia had recently pushed back to sea at least two boatloads of Rohingya refugees. Despite Malaysia's partial coronavirus lockdown that prevents foreigners from entering the country, Human Rights Watch said the pandemic should not be an excuse for a blanket policy of turning away boats in distress. (AP)

16:25 (IST)18 Apr 2020
Explained: After the pandemic wave, what will happen to the coronavirus?

As coronavirus cases continue to surge across the world and millions are confined to their homes, governments are still thinking about how and when lockdowns can be lifted so that normalcy can resume. With a vaccine at least 12-18 months away, scientists and researchers are now looking into what the post pandemic transmission of SARS-CoV-2 can look like and the possible measures that might be needed to control future outbreaks. A new study published in Science looks at what will happen after the initial, most severe pandemic wave passes. Read it here

15:13 (IST)18 Apr 2020
UK: 99-year-old war veteran raises $14 million for NHS health workers

Captain Tom Moore, a 99-year-old war veteran, raised $14 million for NHS health workers in the UK by walking in his garden. The amount is 7 times his initial fundraising goal. Captian Moore's goal is to walk a hundred laps before his 100th birthday on April 30.

14:56 (IST)18 Apr 2020
Virus patients at one Israeli hospital are not dying alone

Elisheva Stern was not at all ready to bid goodbye to her ailing father, who was dying of coronavirus in an Israeli hospital. But knowing that many others around the world were not fortunate enough to be given the chance to say their last farewells to their virus-affected relatives, she decided to enter the virus ward and be with her father, even if only for a brief moment, before he died.

Stern's 75-year-old father Simha Benshai died at Tel Aviv's Sourasky Medical Center, which offers the next of kin of dying coronavirus patients the rare opportunity to say goodbye in person. "None of us want to say bye to the people who we love. But I'm actually happy that they gave me the opportunity to say bye to my father," news agency AP quoted Stern as saying. "I was able to see him and to tell him I'm sorry and I love him."
The practice is in contrast to many health centres around the world that do not allow final family visits as a measure against spreading the highly contagious virus.

14:33 (IST)18 Apr 2020
Africa deaths above 1,000, including Nigerian chief of staff

Africa now has more than 1,000 deaths from COVID-19, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Saturday. A total of 52 of the continent's 54 countries have reported the coronavirus, with the overall number of cases more than 19,800. Nigeria's government said Abba Kyari, chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, died Friday of COVID-19. Kyari's case had been one of the highest-profile in Africa. Several government ministers and a US ambassador were infected with the virus earlier in Burkina Faso. The World Health Organization on Friday noted a 51 per cent increase in cases in Africa and a 60 per cent jump in deaths in the past week. But the WHO chief warned that because of a shortage of testing it's likely the real numbers are higher than reported. The Africa CDC has said more than 1 million test kits will be rolled out starting next week.

13:50 (IST)18 Apr 2020
Where are all the flights during lockdown? Do we have enough space to park all of them? Take a look

More than 16,000 passenger jets are grounded worldwide, according to industry researcher Cirium, as the coronavirus obliterates travel and puts unprecedented strain on airline finances. Finding the right space and conditions for 62% of the world’s planes and keeping them airworthy have suddenly become priorities for 2020.

13:46 (IST)18 Apr 2020
Over 60,000 deaths predicted in US by August 4: Study

Better-than-expected social distancing practices have led an influential research model to lower its projected US coronavirus death toll by 12%, while predicting some states may be able to safely begin easing restrictions as early as May 4.The University of Washington's predictive model, regularly updated and often cited by state public health authorities and White House officials, projected on Friday that the virus will take 60,308 U.S. lives by Aug. 4, down from 68,841 deaths forecast earlier in the week.Strict adherence to stay-at-home orders and business closures imposed by governors in 42 of the 50 U.S. states over the past four weeks to curb the spread of the virus was cited as a key factor in the improved outlook.

13:08 (IST)18 Apr 2020
Iran parades medical gear, not missiles, for Army Day amid outbreak

Iran on Friday paraded disinfection vehicles, mobile hospitals and other medical equipment as it marked its national Army Day, to underscore the military's role in battling the coronavirus pandemic which has hit the country hard. The small "Defenders of the Homeland, Helpers of Health" parade, held at a training center before a group of commanders in face masks, was a far cry from the typical Army Day parades, which normally feature marching infantry, missiles, submarines and armored vehicles, with warplanes flying overhead.

13:04 (IST)18 Apr 2020
Pak struggles to rein in defiant clerics as COVID-19 cases near 7,500

Pakistan's coronavirus cases on Saturday rose to 7,481 with 465 new patients even as the government struggled to control clerics flouting orders against congregations in mosques. The Ministry of National Health Services reported that 143 people have died so far including eight on Friday. Another 1,832 have recovered. The largest province of Punjab registered 3,391 patients, followed by Sindh with 2,217, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 1,077, Balochistan 335, Gilgit-Baltistan 250, Islamabad 163 and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir with 48 patients. The ministry showed that so far 92,548 tests have been conducted, including 6,416 in the last 24 hours. The steady rise continued despite hectic efforts to contain the spread. 

A volunteer disinfects the Karachi Press Club building in an effort to contain the outbreak of the coronavirus, in Karachi, Pakistan.(AP Photo)

12:52 (IST)18 Apr 2020
Just in | Confirmed cases in Japan hit 10,000

Just in | Confirmed cases in Japan hit 10,000. 

Japan, alarmed by rising coronavirus deaths and the spectre of the collapse of the medical system, is scrambling to expand testing with drive-through facilities and general practitioners helping to collect samples.For weeks Japan has limited its testing for the coronavirus, which emerged in neighbouring China late last year, despite calls from many health experts who see testing as vital to detecting and isolating cases and slowing the spread.

11:55 (IST)18 Apr 2020
S. Korea virus cases maintain downward trend, N. Korea releases foreign nationals from quarantine

South Korea has reported 18 new cases of the coronavirus, its lowest daily jump since Feb. 20, continuing a downward trend as officials discuss more sustainable forms of social distancing that allows for some communal and economic activity. Figures released by South Korea's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Saturday brought national totals to 10,653 cases and 232 virus-related deaths. The caseload continued to wane in the hardest-hit city of Daegu, where officials say the number of active cases dropped below 1,000 for the first time since a surge of infections in late February.

Meanwhile, North Korea on Saturday said it has released all foreign nationals from coronavirus quarantine while it continues to strengthen anti-virus efforts. The official Korean Central News Agency also said Saturday authorities released all citizens who had been quarantined in the provinces of South Phyongan and North Hwanghae, which are near capital Pyongyang, and the city of Rason at a tri-point bordering China and Russia. The report didn't specify how many people remained under the country's 30-day quarantine. Figures from previous state media reports suggest the North would have released close to 10,000 people over the past weeks. The North has said there hasn't been a single virus case on its territory, but the claim is questioned by many outside experts

11:51 (IST)18 Apr 2020
Venezuela reports an 8% positive rate

Venezuelan officials have taken to state TV in recent weeks to crow that the socialist government is conducting more coronavirus tests than any other country in Latin America. As of March 31, according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Venezuela had done just 1,779 swab tests with an 8% positive rate. Venezuelan officials say 143 coronavirus cases were confirmed during the second half of March, and 61 since the dramatic ramping up with antibody tests. 

Cuban doctors and Venezuelan community leaders visit a slum in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, April 17, 2020. The group visited residents inside the slum interviewing them about the new coronavirus and provided information on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (AP Photo)

11:27 (IST)18 Apr 2020
Venezuela's go-to test for fighting virus raising questions

Venezuelan officials have taken to state TV in recent weeks to crow that the socialist government is conducting more coronavirus tests than any other country in Latin America. But instead of detecting more infections, as has happened elsewhere when testing ramps up, they are reporting fewer. The odd result highlights that Venezuela is going about testing its citizens unlike any other country: Mass deployment of a rapid blood antibody test from China that checks for proteins developing a week or more after someone is infected, while using on a much smaller scale the gold-standard nasal swab exam that detects the virus from the onset. Doctors warn Venezuela's approach could be missing untold numbers who test negative because they do not yet have high antibody levels but could nonetheless have the virus and be spreading it to others. ``We could be letting people slip under the table who have the infection,'' said a doctor at the University of the Andes medical school, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.

11:13 (IST)18 Apr 2020
Trump calls protesters against stay-at-home orders 'very responsible'

Even as the number of the coronavirus cases in the US crossed 700,000, Donald Trump has posted highly incendiary tweets stoking protests against physical distancing and other coronavirus stay-at-home measures in three states led by Democratic governors. “LIBERATE MINNESOTA!” the US president wrote in capital letters on Friday. “LIBERATE MICHIGAN!” He followed up with a third tweet: “LIBERATE VIRGINIA, and save your great 2nd Amendment. It is under siege!” – a reference to Virginia’s governor, Ralph Northam, last week signing into law new measures on gun control.

10:18 (IST)18 Apr 2020
Coronavirus cases in US cross 700,000, death toll more than 35,000

The number of the coronavirus cases in the US crossed 700,000 on Friday, while over 35,000 people have died from the disease, as President Donald Trump assured his people that America was "very close" to seeing the light "shinning brightly" at the end of the tunnel. New York, the financial capital of the world, has emerged as the epicenter of the pandemic. More than 14,000 people have died in the city and over 200,000 lakh people have tested positive so far. Neighbouring New Jersey has more than 78,000 cases and 3,800 deaths. President Trump told reporters at the White House on Friday that to date the US had conducted more than 3.78 million coronavirus tests, by far the most in any country.

10:06 (IST)18 Apr 2020
'One World: Together at Home'-- concert in support of WHO's COVID- solidarity

One World: Together at Home, a benefit concert curated by Lady Gaga, will be broadcast across the US television networks ABC, CBS and NBC, as well as being streamed online, at 8pm EST tonight. The concert is being held in support of the World Health Organization’s Covid-19 solidarity response fund and in celebration of health workers around the world.

09:20 (IST)18 Apr 2020
Coronavirus Pandemic | 1 in 3 put on breathing machines in New York

A large study of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in New York City found 1 in 3 were put on breathing machines. That's a rate more than 10 times higher than seen in China. The study's authors say that of the patients studied, 36% were obese, which may have contributed to severe breathing problems and the need for ventilators. Published online Friday in the New England Journal of Medicine, the report involves 393 patients admitted to two unidentified hospitals from March 5-27. Patients were aged 62 on average and 60% were men. Almost 40% were white but the report had no other racial breakdown. Overall, 6% were health care workers. Cough, fever and shortness of breath were the main symptoms, but diarrhea, nausea and vomiting were also common. Dr. Parag Goyal of Weill Cornell Medicine and the report authors say that compared with China, hospitalization for COVID-19 in the U.S. is generally limited to more severely ill patients, another likely reason for the greater use of ventilators. The authors say 40 patients or 10% died and 260 were discharged from hospitals. 

(Photo source AP) 

Medical staffers, wearing special suits to protect against coronavirus, one of them with a thermometer, walk inside Sheremetyevo international airport outside Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo)

Here are the latest developments from elsewhere around the world:

Chile will become the first country to issue “immunity cards” to those who have recovered from Covid-19, exempting holders from quarantine so that they can return to work.

More than 14,000 have died in UK hospitals

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The British government announced that a further 847 people have died in UK hospitals, taking the total to 14,576 since the outbreak began. That represents slightly decelerated growth. But the figures do not take into account those who have died in other settings.

Russia records over 4,000 Covid-19 cases in a day

In the last 24 hours, Russia recorded a record 4,070 coroanvirus cases totalling down to 32,008 and officials warned that Moscow was two to three weeks away from a peak in infections. Official figures showed more than half of the new cases were registered in Moscow and the surrounding region. So far 273 deaths have been recorded in Russia, including 41 in the last 24 hours. Deputy mayor Anastasia Rakova in a video released on social media said, “The peak in morbidity should arrive in the next two to three weeks.” The lockdown in the country will be observed till May 1.

Italy prepares for immunity Covid-19 tests

As part of its efforts to reopen after a week-long shutdown, Italy will begin administering Covid-19 immunity tests on an initial 1,50,000 people in early May. Italy’s commissioner for the pandemic, Domenico Arcuri, told state-run RAI news Thursday that the government hopes the first wave of tests will progressively grow in number and become the national standard.

The European epicentre of the pandemic, Italy has imposed a lockdown through May 3.

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