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The latest on the spread of the coronavirus around the world

Reverend Nicolas Sanchez points while talking about the diversity of families who sent their pictures to decorate pews at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Los Angeles. Picture: Damian Dovarganes/AP

Reverend Nicolas Sanchez points while talking about the diversity of families who sent their pictures to decorate pews at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Los Angeles. Picture: Damian Dovarganes/AP

Published Apr 11, 2020

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More than 1.6 million people have been

reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and

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102,151 have died, according to a Reuters tally, as of 0200

GMT.

DEATHS AND INFECTIONS 

EUROPE 

* British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is making very good

progress in his recovery from Covid-19, his office said on

Saturday, as his health minister said the peak of the outbreak

in Britain had not yet been reached. 

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* The number of coronavirus deaths in Spain fell for a third

consecutive day, with 510 fatalities reported in the past 24

hours - the smallest overnight increase since March

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23. 

* The number of people who have died in France jumped by nearly

987 to 13,197 as nursing home deaths swelled, but fewer people

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were in intensive care as the effect of nationwide confinement

started to show. 

* Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte extended a nationwide

lockdown until May 3, though he said a few types of shops would

be allowed to re-open next week. 

* Germany's number of confirmed infections rose by 4,133 on

Saturday to 117,658, data from the Robert Koch Institute showed.

A shopper has his temperature scanned as he stands in a long line waiting to enter at the Esselunga supermarket in San Donato, in the outskirts of Milan, Italy. Picture: Claudio Furlan/LaPresse via AP

AMERICAS 

* Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google said they will work

together to create contact tracing technology that aims to slow

the spread of the coronavirus by allowing users to opt into

logging other phones they have been near. 

* Political leaders and health experts urged Americans

celebrating Good Friday and the Easter weekend to avoid church

gatherings and observe the holidays at home as the US death

toll surpassed 18 600. 

* Uruguay started to repatriate 112 Australians and New

Zealanders from a cruise ship hit by coronavirus and stranded in

the La Plata River near the capital of Montevideo since March

27, the government said. 

* Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro took to the streets of

Brasilia on Friday, drawing crowds and greeting followers in his

latest public pushback against social isolation measures to

fight the outbreak. 

* Chile will start handing out certificates to people who have

recovered that will exempt them from adhering to quarantines or

other restrictions. 

Police patrol on the promenade after the coronavirus outbreak and lockdown in Brighton, England. Picture: Alberto Pezzali/AP

   

ASIA AND THE PACIFIC 

* Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided to extend a

nationwide lockdown, the chief minister of Delhi state said on

Saturday, without disclosing how long the extension would be

for. 

* China reported on Saturday a rise in infections, mostly in

travellers arriving from abroad, as doctors in the central city

of Wuhan, where the virus initially emerged, warned its

behaviour was still not well-understood. 

* Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday called for

citizens across Japan to avoid evening spots like bars and

restaurants, NHK reported, in a ratcheting up of social

distancing guidance. 

* Some Catholic penitents flagellated themselves and prayed

outside closed churches in the Philippines on Good Friday,

despite strict orders for people to stay indoors. 

Visitors wear face masks to protect themselves against the spread of the new coronavirus at Taipei Children's Amusement Park in Taiwan. Picture: Chiang Ying-ying/AP

MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA 

* The World Health Organization (WHO) warned countries on Friday

to be cautious about lifting restrictions and voiced alarm it

was taking hold in Africa. 

* President Hassan Rouhani urged Iranians to respect health

protocols to guard against the new coronavirus as "low-risk"

economic activities resumed in most of the country on Saturday,

state news agency IRNA reported. 

* Yemen reported its first case on Friday, as aid groups try to

prepare for an outbreak where war has shattered the health

system and spread hunger and disease. 

Vicente Mata, a 41-year-old homeless man, begs for money on an empty Estafeta street during lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus, in Pamplona, northern Spain. Picture: Alvaro Barrientos/AP

ECONOMIC FALLOUT 

* US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told major airlines on

Friday he wants them to repay some of the $25 billion in cash

grants the U.S. Congress approved last month to cover payroll

costs as airlines weather an unprecedented crisis, three

industry officials briefed on the matter told

Reuters. 

* The pandemic will trigger the worst economic fallout since the

1930s Great Depression in 2020, with only a partial recovery

seen in 2021, the head of the International Monetary Fund said. 

* The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits in the

last three weeks has blown past 15 million, with weekly new

claims topping 6 million for the second straight time. 

* European Union finance ministers agreed on half-a-trillion

euros worth of support for their economies but left open the

question of how to finance recovery in the bloc headed for a

steep recession.

Reuters

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