Coronavirus latest: US death toll crosses 20,000
Global confirmed cases stand at almost 1.7 million, with more than 100,000 deaths. The US has overtaken Italy to become the country with the highest number of confirmed cases, with more than 20,000 deaths.
The US has the highest number of confirmed cases, with a death toll of more than 20,000.
- German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier appeals to Germans to show solidarity
- Global confirmed cases stand almost 1.7 million with more than 100,000 deaths
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20:36 The US death toll has surpassed 20,000. The US is now the country with the highest number of Covid-19 related deaths worldwide. Earlier today, the US passed Italy in the number of most confirmed cases.
19:35 Britain’s Queen Elizabeth said that coronavirus “would not overcome us” and that “Easter isn’t canceled” during her first televised address to mark the holiday.
“This year, Easter will be different for many of us, but by keeping apart we keep others safe. But Easter isn’t cancelled; indeed, we need Easter as much as ever,” she said.
“We know that coronavirus will not overcome us. As dark as death can be – particularly for those suffering with grief – light and life are greater. May the living flame of the Easter hope be a steady guide as we face the future.”
Last Sunday, she gave an address on the coronavirus pandemic, in which she referenced her experience during World War II. The United Kingdom has registered almost 10,000 deaths and almost 80,000 cases of coronavirus.
- CORONAVIRUS: TIMELINE OF THE GLOBAL SPREAD OF COVID-19Pneumonia-like virus hits WuhanOn December 31, 2019, China notifies the World Health Organization of a string of respiratory infections in the city of Wuhan, home to some 11 million people. The root virus is unknown and disease experts around the world begin working to identify it. The strain is traced to a seafood market in the city, which is quickly shut down. Some 40 people are initially reported to be infected.
19:00 After French nationals apparently faced abuse in the German border town of Gersheim over infection fears, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said it “hurts to see some of our French friends be insulted of confronted on our soil.”
“Corona(virus) knows no nationality,” Maas wrote on Twitter. “Just like human dignity.”
“This kind of behavior is totally unacceptable,” he added. “Besides, we are in the same boat.”Heiko Maas ✔@HeikoMaas
Maas’ comments come after Gersheim mayor Michael Clivot warned that visitors from France were harassed and sworn at in public. Clivot urged respect in an online video.
18:50 In Indonesia, inmates set fire to a prison on Sulawesi island during a riot triggered by restrictions imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus, according to officials.
The inmates, mostly drug offenders, were upset over restrictions on family visits, as well as the early release of 115 of their fellow prisoners. They became violent and started fires, but no one died, according to Lukmasono, the head of the Justice and Human Rights provincial office.
Hundreds of police and soldiers were deployed to restore order in the overcrowded Tuminting prison in Manado city, the capital of North Sulawesi province. The facility has a capacity of 490 people, but is now holding 550.
Indonesia has been criticized for its unusually low rate of testing and slow reaction to the pandemic, and inmates in cramped conditions are at particular risk of catching the virus. Indonesia has released more than 36,550 inmates in a bid to reduce overcrowding in the face of the coronavirus crisis.
18:45 Hospitals in Moscow are dealing with a “huge influx” of patients, said Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Saturday.
“We are seeing hospitals in Moscow working extremely intensely, in heroic, emergency mode,” he told state television.
Russian officials have so far confirmed 13,584 coronavirus cases, including 8,852 in the capital.
Announcing new lockdown measures on Friday, Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin warned that the crisis has grown more severe this week and that the number of people requiring hospitalization went from around 500 to 1,300 per day.
18:00 France reports 635 more people have passed away due to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, putting the death toll at 13,832 on Saturday. The country has so far seen 93,790 confirmed infections.
The latest day-to-day jump is significantly smaller that the one reported on Friday evening, when 987 more deaths were announced.
The number of patients in intensive care continued to fall on Saturday, dropping by 121 people to 6,883.
Italy on Saturday reported 619 new deaths from coronavirus, bringing its total death toll to 19,468. That figure means that Italy has a slightly lower death toll than the United States, which, with 19,701 deaths, currently has a higher number of fatalities than any other country in the world, according to Johns Hopkins University.
17:10 The United States has now had more coronavirus deaths than any other country in the world, according to the tally of the US-based Johns Hopkins Institute.
The casualties reported on Saturday put the US death toll at 18,860 or 11 more than Italy’s 18,849. The US has already overtaken all other countries in terms of the number of confirmed coronavirus cases.
After New York Mayor Bill de Blasio declared schools would be closed until September, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo contradicted the announcement and said the decision has not yet been made.
New York closed schools in mid-March, months before the official end of the school year in June.
“So I understand the mayor’s position, which is he wants to close them until June, and we may do that, but we’re going to do it in a coordinated sense with the other localities,”Cuomo told reporters, noting that it was he who had the “legal authority” to make the decision.
“It’s not going to be decided in the next few days because we don’t know,” he added.
16:40 The United Kingdom urged its citizen to stay at home during the Easter weekend as the country recorded nearly 1,000 daily COVID-19 deaths for a second day. The total number of dead is 9,875.
The number of confirmed cases in the country climbed by 5,234 to 78,991 — an apparent fatality rate of 12.5%. However, the number of confirmed cases is likely only a fraction of the actual number of people infected because of a relatively low level of testing.
Police warned they would go after people who flaunt restrictions. Almost 500 house parties and hundreds of other incidents have been reported in the city of Manchester alone in the two weeks before April 7.
“We are trying to engage, explain, and encourage everyone to follow the government guidance,” Manchester Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said. “However, where people do not comply with the guidelines, we will use the legislative powers.”