Spain coronavirus demise toll passes 10,000: Dwell updates | Information

The demise toll from the coronavirus pandemic in Spain handed 10,000 on Thursday, because the hard-hit nation once more reported its highest variety of deaths in a single day for the reason that outbreak started, with the full rising by 950 to 10,003 amongst 110,238 infections. 

The brand new numbers come after the UK and the USA additionally reported their highest variety of deaths in a single day for the reason that begin of the coronavirus pandemic.

The US has recorded 884 coronavirus deaths, in line with information collected by Johns Hopkins College. It has additionally confirmed greater than 213,000 circumstances of the illness.


Within the UK, an extra 563 individuals died from COVID-19, in what Prime Minister Boris Johnson described on Wednesday as a “unhappy, unhappy day”.

Globally, over 938,000 have been recognized with the virus, and a few 194,400 have recovered. Almost 47,200 individuals have died from the illness, which originated in China late final yr.

Listed here are the most recent updates:

Thursday, April 2

10:15 GMT – India turns trains into isolation wards

India has begun changing railway carriages and sport stadiums into isolation wards to take care of an anticipated surge in coronavirus circumstances.

Indian Railways on Wednesday stated work had begun on modifying 20,000 carriages into medical amenities, with every carriage containing 16 beds.

Because of this a complete of 320,000 sufferers may very well be cared for within the “quarantine coaches”, a press release from the railways stated.

Learn extra right here. 

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An Indian railway worker works to transform a prepare coach into an isolation ward [Anupam Nath/The Associated Press]

10:10 GMT – Irish restrictions might transcend April 12

The extremely restrictive measures Eire put in place final week to sluggish the unfold of coronavirus might be prolonged past the preliminary deadline of April 12, Deputy Prime Minister Simon Coveney has stated. 

Eire’s prime minister considerably ramped up earlier restrictions final Friday when he ordered residents to remain house and solely depart to buy groceries, for temporary particular person bodily train or make completely important household visits.

“I feel individuals do want to understand that these restrictions might go on for a while. We have set an preliminary interval however I feel it might be that we might want to transcend that preliminary deadline, however once more that can be a call take with the perfect public well being recommendation,” Coveney informed a information convention.

10:05 GMT – Zoom pulls in additional than 200 million each day customers throughout worldwide lockdowns

Zoom’s each day customers ballooned to greater than 200 million in March from a earlier most complete of 10 million, the video conferencing app’s boss Eric Yuan has stated, as the corporate fought to dispel considerations over privateness and “Zoombombing”. 

Using Zoom and different digital communications have soared with political events, company workplaces, college districts, organisations and tens of millions the world over working from house after lockdowns had been enforced to sluggish the unfold of the coronavirus.

“To place this development in context, as of the top of December final yr, the utmost variety of each day assembly individuals, each free and paid, carried out on Zoom was roughly 10 million,” founder and Chief Government Officer Eric Yuan wrote in a letter to Zoom customers on Wednesday.

No less than 100 sailors on US plane provider contract COVID-19

10:00 GMT – Iran’s demise toll from coronavirus rises to three,160

Iran’s demise toll from the coronavirus has reached 3,136, with 124 deaths up to now 24 hours, Well being Ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur informed state TV on Thursday, including that the nation had 50,468 circumstances of an infection.

“We’ve got 3,956 contaminated individuals in vital situation … There was 2,875 new circumstances of contaminated individuals up to now 24 hours … 16,711 individuals have recovered from the illness,” Jahanpur stated

09:45 GMT – Spain’s coronavirus demise toll passes 10,000

Spain’s coronavirus demise toll has risen to 10,003 from 9,053, in line with the nation’s well being officers, the best each day toll for the reason that outbreak started. 

In the meantime, the variety of infections rose to 110,238, up from 102,136 the day gone by. 

For the primary time, UK coronavirus each day deaths exceed 500

09:35 GMT – Belgium demise toll tops 1,000

The variety of deaths attributed to the worldwide coronavirus epidemic in Belgium elevated sharply and handed the 1,000 mark, well being officers stated. 

The official toll within the nation of 11.four million has doubled within the area of three days, partly as a result of figures have been up to date with a backlog of fatalities from retirement properties.

There have now been 1,001 deaths and 15,348 formally recorded circumstances for the reason that begin of the outbreak, officers informed a each day information convention.

09:30 GMT – Emirates to function flights to repatriate guests, ex-pats

Emirates has obtained approval from UAE authorities to function a lot of outbound passenger flights beginning April 6 to repatriate guests and residents who want to return to their house nations, the corporate’s chairman stated in a tweet on Thursday.

One of many world’s largest long-haul airways, Emirates appears to be like to renew flights regularly in keeping with the lifting of journey and operational restrictions, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum stated. 

09:15 GMT – Turkish minister expects flights again to regular by finish of June

Turkey’s tourism minister has stated he expects flights to return to regular by the top of June, after airways canceled most flights to stem the unfold of the coronavirus.

Mehmet Nuri Ersoy informed broadcaster CNN Turk that air site visitors from Asia would seemingly be opened first, adopted by Russia, then the Balkans and Europe. Home flights would additionally restart, he stated. 

Turkish Airways has prolonged the cancellation of its flights from April 17 to Might 1, whereas restricted home flights proceed. Pegasus Airways has stopped all flights. 

09:10 GMT – Malaysia reviews 208 new coronavirus circumstances, complete over 3,000

Malaysia has reported 208 new coronavirus circumstances, taking the full to three,116, the best in Southeast Asia.

The Ministry of Well being recorded a complete of 50 deaths, with 5 reported on Thursday.


09:00 GMT – Philippines reviews 11 new coronavirus deaths, 322 extra infections

The Philippines’ well being ministry has recorded 11 new deaths and 322 extra circumstances from the coronavirus outbreak.

The newest figures convey the full demise toll to 107 and infections to 2,633, Well being Secretary Francisco Duque informed a daily information convention, reiterating that folks ought to keep house whereas the nation’s primary island of Luzon is underneath a month-long strict quarantine.

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Protesters name for enhancements in well being sector amid coronavirus outbreak [Rolex Dela Pena/EPA]

08:45 GMT – Greater than 1 / 4 of UK corporations have lower workers: Report

Greater than 1 / 4 of British firms are lowering workers ranges over the quick time period because the coronavirus disaster hits the nation’s economic system, a newly printed survey reveals. 

“Over 1 / 4 (27 %) of responding companies stated they had been lowering workers ranges within the quick time period, whereas 5 % reported recruiting workers within the quick time period,” the Workplace for Nationwide Statistics stated. 

08:30 GMT – Ugandan medical doctors say lockdown might trigger extra deaths

Ugandan well being staff have accused the federal government of endangering the lives of expectant moms and people in medical emergencies by requiring that each one search permission to safe transportation to hospitals.

President Yoweri Museveni imposed a digital lockdown on Monday to attempt to stem the unfold of the coronavirus, together with banning non-public automobiles from the roads throughout the 14-day interval. He stated the federal government would help in transporting those that discover themselves in medical emergencies to hospitals.

However there is no such thing as a functioning public ambulance system for medical evacuations, with many pregnant girls, in addition to these injured in accidents or crime, usually counting on non-public means to get rushed to hospitals. 

“Different medical emergencies like maternal haven’t stopped as a result of coronavirus has come,” Ekwaro Obuku, a former head of Uganda’s nationwide affiliation of physicians, informed Reuters information company. “No mom in labour pains ought to ask for permission to ship her child. We’ll find yourself having pointless and preventable deaths.”

Some nations make carrying surgical masks necessary

08:15 GMT – Thailand to announce nationwide curfew beginning Friday

Thailand is to announce a nationwide curfew between 10 pm and four am beginning Friday to attempt to curb the unfold of the brand new coronavirus, the federal government has stated in a press release. 

The curfew can have some exceptions, together with for the transport of medical provides, motion of individuals into quarantine, sufferers and journey of medical personnel, in line with the assertion proven to reporters.

“The prime minister will make the announcement this night on nationwide tv round 6 pm,” deputy spokeswoman deputy spokeswoman Ratchada Thanadirek informed Reuters information company when reached by cellphone.

07:45 GMT – Russia circumstances leap to greater than 3,500 in document each day rise

Russia’s coronavirus case tally jumped has jumped to three,548, a document each day improve of 771, in line with Russia’s disaster response centre.

Circumstances have been recorded in 76 of Russia’s greater than 80 areas, however Moscow stays the epicentre of the outbreak with 595 circumstances, the centre stated. Thirty individuals have died throughout the nation, it stated

07:30 GMT – High UK well being official says ‘everyone is annoyed’ over stalled testing

One of many UK’s prime well being officers has stated there’s widespread frustration throughout the authorities that the nation was not testing sufficient individuals but.

“Everyone concerned is annoyed that we’ve not acquired to the place but that we have to get to,” Paul Cosford, emeritus medical director of Public Well being England, informed BBC radio.

“However we have got as much as nearly 13,000 exams a day being accessible,” he stated.

07:20 GMT – Virtually 900,000 Spanish staff misplaced their job since lockdown

Some 898,822 staff misplaced their jobs since March 12 in Spain, social safety information confirmed on Thursday, greater than half of that are momentary staff.

The variety of individuals formally registered as unemployed within the nation rose to three.5 million in March, the best stage since April 2017.

07:15 GMT – Cyprus extends flight ban for one more two weeks

Cyprus has prolonged a ban on business air hyperlinks with 28 nations for one more two weeks  to curb the unfold of coronavirus.

The ban, launched on March 21 for a 14-day interval, will stay for an extra 14 days, Cypriot Minister of Transport Yiannis Karousos stated in a tweet. He stated the choice was dictated by the scenario in Cyprus, and the “dramatic” scenario in different European states.

Cyprus has recorded 320 coronavirus circumstances and 9 deaths. It has imposed robust restrictions on motion, together with an evening curfew and permitting individuals to go away their properties solely as soon as a day with a particular allow. 

07:05 GMT – China says US officers made ‘shameless’ feedback about its reporting

China’s overseas ministry stated US officers are making “shameless” feedback casting doubt about China’s reporting of coronavirus circumstances within the nation.

Chinese language International Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying stated throughout a each day briefing that China has been open and clear in regards to the coronavirus outbreak that started within the nation late final yr, and accused the US of politicising a well being subject, including that the US  ought to as a substitute give attention to the security of its individuals.

The assertion comes after the US intelligence group, in a categorized report back to the White Home, concluded that China’s reporting has been deliberately incomplete, in line with media reviews. 

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International ministry spokeswoman stated China has been open and clear in regards to the coronavirus outbreak  [Aly Song/Reuters]

07:00 GMT – British Airways in union talks to droop about 32,000 workers: Report

British Airways is in talks with its union to debate a plan to droop about 32,000 workers in response to the coronavirus pandemic, an individual aware of the scenario informed Reuters information company.

The British flag provider has lower flights and warned it might want to lower jobs to outlive the outbreak because the battered aviation sector scrambles to decrease prices.

06:45 GMT – Greece quarantines migrant camp after constructive take a look at

Greece has quarantined a migrant camp after 20 asylum seekers examined constructive for coronavirus, the migration ministry has stated.

Motion out and in of the Ritsona camp, 75 kilometres (45 miles) northeast of Athens and residential to some 2,500 individuals, can be restricted for 14 days the ministry stated, including that police would monitor implementation.

Sixty-three individuals had been examined after a 19-year-old feminine migrant who gave start in an Athens hospital was discovered to be contaminated, changing into the primary recorded case amongst 1000’s of asylum seekers stored in overcrowded camps throughout the nation. Not one of the confirmed circumstances had any signs, the ministry stated.

Learn extra right here. 

A view of a refugee camp in Ritsona, northern of Athens, Greece, REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

1000’s of asylum seekers are stored in overcrowded camps throughout Greece [File: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters]

06:40 GMT – Thailand reviews 104 new circumstances, three new deaths

Thailand has reported 104 new coronavirus circumstances, bringing its complete to 1,875 circumstances, a spokesman for the federal government’s Heart for COVID-19 Scenario Administration has stated.

Three new deaths within the nation convey complete deaths to 15, spokesman Taweesin Wisanuyothin stated.

06:30 GMT – China says new deaths regular at six

China reported six new coronavirus deaths as of the top of Wednesday, the identical quantity as the day gone by. 

China had 35 new circumstances on April 1, all of which had been imported, the Nationwide Well being Fee stated. 

06:15 GMT – New vacation for Indonesia to switch conventional Eid exodus?

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has stated the federal government is contemplating asserting a brand new nationwide vacation to stop the annual mass exodus that often takes place on the finish of the Muslim fasting month, Ramadan.

Widodo stated at a cupboard assembly that measures may very well be put in place throughout the brand new vacation to assist “convey some calm to the individuals”.

Minister of Social Affairs Juliari Batubara additionally informed reporters that the federal government plans to present particular help to residents of Jakarta this yr to restrict the exodus from the capital throughout the vacation interval, which falls over April and Might. 

Almost 90 % of Indonesians are Muslim and often return to their house villages on the finish of Ramadan, shopping for new garments and having fun with a feast with their households and associates.

06:00 GMT – Australia begins pre-clinical testing for vaccine

Australia’s nationwide science company has stated it commenced the primary stage of testing potential vaccines for COVID-19, because it joins a world race to halt the coronavirus pandemic.

Pre-clinical testing by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Analysis Organisation (CSIRO), comprising injecting ferrets with two potential vaccines, was underway at its high-containment biosecurity facility close to Melbourne.

The primary part will take round three months, CSIRO’s director of well being Rob Grenfell informed Reuters information company, including that any ensuing vaccine wouldn’t be accessible to the general public earlier than late subsequent yr. Human trials of one of many two vaccines being examined was anticipated to start later this month or early subsequent month.

Australia has reported round 5,200 circumstances and 24 deaths.


05:45 GMT – WHO expects Malaysia circumstances to peak mid-April

The variety of coronavirus circumstances in Malaysia is predicted to peak in mid-April, the World Well being Group stated on Thursday, including that there are indicators of a flattening of the an infection curve.

“Primarily based on accessible information, the WHO Nation Workplace has projected that Malaysia will see a peak in hospitalized circumstances in mid-April,” Ying-Ru Lo, the WHO’s head of mission and consultant to Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore informed Reuters information company in emailed feedback.

The variety of critically in poor health sufferers is estimated to succeed in the height throughout the subsequent week, she stated. There have been 2,908 confirmed circumstances within the nation and 45 deaths. 

Whats up, that is Joseph Stepansky in Doha taking up from my colleague Kate Mayberry

05:30 GMT – Abstract of this morning’s developments

I’ll hand over the weblog to my colleagues in Doha shortly.

A quick abstract of developments this morning:

  • It appears the US will permit the passengers on board the Zaandam cruise ship, the place there are a variety of coronavirus circumstances, to disembark in Florida.
  • The US can be planning to evacuate sailors from its USS Theodore Roosevelt plane provider, which has reported circumstances of the virus. The ship is at the moment in Guam.
  • Australia is optimistic that its “keep at house” measures are serving to sluggish the speed of an infection.
  • Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is being mocked for his plan to ship two masks to every family within the nation.

05:25 GMT – Well being staff within the Philippines battle not solely virus however stigma

The Philippines has the second-worst coronavirus outbreak in Southeast Asia, however the medical doctors and nurses on the entrance strains discover themselves battling not solely a virus, however the stigma of an infection.

As Al Jazeera’s Ana Santos reviews from Manila, they’ve been turfed out of their properties, informed to not board buses and refused service at stalls and eating places. 

05:05 GMT – Philippines ambassador to Lebanon dies of COVID-19

Bernardita Catalla, the Philippine ambassador to Lebanon, has died of COVID-19 at a hospital in Beirut.

05:00 GMT – China sending flight to UK to convey college students house

A chartered flight is at the moment on its option to London to gather a bunch of Chinese language college students who’ve been unable to return house. China has organised related repatriation flights from nations together with Italy and Iran.

The Chinese language authorities says it has given out “well being packages” with greater than 11 million masks and 500,000 disinfecting merchandise to Chinese language college students in hard-hit nations.

04:55 GMT – South Korea says 158 short-term guests in isolation

South Korea says 158 short-term guests have been remoted in designated amenities a day after it started implementing two-week quarantines on everybody arriving from abroad.

Vice Well being Minister Kim Gang-lip on Thursday additionally stated 224 South Korean nationals and 11 foreigners remained on the airport awaiting the outcomes of virus exams after displaying signs once they arrived within the nation on Wednesday.

Eight overseas nationals had been denied entry after they refused to simply accept the quarantine.

04:30 GMT – Germany circumstances rise to greater than 73,500

Germany’s Robert Koch Institute says the variety of confirmed coronavirus circumstances within the nation has risen to 73,522 whereas 872 individuals have died of the illness.

Circumstances rose by 6,156 in contrast with the day gone by whereas the demise toll climbed by 140.

04:15 GMT – Jazz nice Ellis Marsalis dies from pneumonia at age of 85

Ellis Marsalis Jr, jazz pianist, trainer and patriarch of a New Orleans musical clan that features famed performer sons Wynton and Branford, has died after battling pneumonia introduced on by the coronavirus, considered one of his sons stated late on Wednesday. 

“Pneumonia was the precise factor that induced his demise,” Ellis Marsalis III informed Related Press. “However it was pneumonia introduced on by COVID-19.”

The 85-year outdated jazz patriarch lived in New Orleans. 4 of his six sons are musicians.

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Ellis Marsalis, seen right here on the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Pageant final yr, died from pneumonia introduced on by the coronavirus on the age of 85 [File: Sophia Germer/AP Photo] 

04:00 GMT – Japan’s Abe underneath assault over two-mask plan

Folks in Japan have responded to a promise by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to ship two reusable material face masks to each family with mockery.

The hashtag “Abenomasks”, a play on the prime minister’s signature “Abenomics” financial coverage, was trending on Twitter.

02:35 GMT – Shenzhen pronounces sweeping ban on breeding, consuming wildlife

The southern Chinese language metropolis of Shenzhen has issued essentially the most sweeping ban but on the breeding and consumption of untamed animals.

The Shenzhen rules completely ban the commerce in and consumption of untamed animals, a step past the momentary ban issued by the central authorities firstly of the present outbreak. Together with snakes, lizards and different wild animals, it additionally bans the consumption of canine and cat meat.

Those that break the legislation threat fines reflecting the worth of the wildlife seized, beginning at 150,000 yuan ($21,400).

The coronavirus has been traced to a market in Wuhan that bought wild animals resembling pangolins and civet cats, in addition to extra standard fare resembling rooster and fish. 

02:30 GMT – Australia says it’s slowing the unfold of the coronavirus

Some excellent news from Australia, the place Prime Minister Scott Morrison has stated the nation is slowing the unfold of the coronavirus, and parliament will reopen subsequent Wednesday.

02:10 GMT – Trump says cruise ship passengers to be evacuated in Florida

US President Donald Trump says passengers on board the Zaandam cruise ship can be evacuated after it docks in Florida.


The Zaandam was anchored off Panama however was denied entry after passengers reported COVID-19 signs [Carlos Lemos/EPA]

The ship, the place dozens have fallen in poor health from coronavirus, and no less than two have died of it, has been barred from a number of South American nations.

The Zaandam and its sister ship, Rotterdam, are anticipated to enter US waters early on Thursday and dock in Fort Lauderdale.

Trump stated the US was “sending medical groups on board the ships” and taking individuals off, after which non-Individuals could be repatriated.

02:10 GMT – South Korea begins campaigning for parliamentary polls

South Korea began campaigning for the April 15 parliamentary elections on Thursday with the federal government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak, and its affect on the economic system, anticipated to be amongst voters’ key considerations.

There are 253 direct seats and 47 proportional seats up for grabs, with voters in a position to forged two ballots – one for a candidate and one for a political get together, in line with Yonhap information company.

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The federal government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak is predicted to be amongst voters’ key considerations [Yonhap via Reuters]

01:55 GMT – HRW warns on Cambodia emergency powers

Human Rights Watch stated Cambodia’s emergency legislation might allow longtime prime minister Hun Sen to limit all civil and political liberties, goal the media and crack down on human rights defenders.

“These sweeping, undefined and unchecked powers ought to set off alarm bells amongst Cambodia’s associates and donors,” HRW’s Asia Director Brad Adams stated in a press release.

The group urged Cambodia to submit a brand new draft prioritising public well being and safeguarding primary rights. The invoice is because of go to the one-party Nationwide Meeting subsequent week.

00:15 GMT – Sailors to be taken off plane provider by Friday: US Navy

Almost 3,000 sailors on board a US plane provider the place the coronavirus has unfold can be taken off the ship by Friday, Navy officers stated on Wednesday.

Performing Navy Secretary Thomas Modly stated some want to stay on board the united statesTheodore Roosevelt to guard the ship and run vital methods.

He stated about 1,000 have gone ashore and that quantity will develop to no less than 2,700 in a few days. Just below 100 of the practically 5,000 sailors on the ship, now docked in Guam, have examined constructive for the virus.

Learn extra right here. 

No less than 100 sailors on US plane provider contract COVID-19

00:00 GMT – Israel’s well being minister and his spouse take a look at constructive for coronavirus

Israeli Well being Minister Yaakov Litzman and his spouse have examined constructive for coronavirus, his workplace stated late on Wednesday.

The Well being Ministry says the 71-year-old and his spouse are feeling nicely, receiving medical care and can stay in isolation.

Litzman is essentially the most senior Israeli official to be recognized with the virus and can proceed to work at home.


I am Kate Mayberry in Kuala Lumpur with Al Jazeera’s persevering with protection of the coronavirus pandemic.

Learn all of the updates from yesterday (April 1) right here.  

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