Coronavirus LIVE Updates – China declares Wuhan low-risk area, South Korea sees smallest rise in cases in 2 months
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North Korea denies that Kim sent Trump ‘a nice note’ North Korea
North Korea on Sunday dismissed as ungrounded President Donald Trump’s comment that he recently received a nice note from the North’s leader, Kim Jong Un. Trump said during a press briefing on the coronavirus pandemic Saturday that I received a nice note from him recently. It was a nice note. I think we’re doing fine. Trump also defended now-stalled nuclear diplomacy with Kim, saying the US would have been at war with North Korea if he had not been elected.
But Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio maintained their warnings that people in New York City and the rest of the state need to stay vigilant to curb the spread of the virus. “We showed that we can control the beast and when you close down, you can actually slow that infection rate, but this is only halftime,” Cuomo said Sunday at a briefing. “We still have to make sure that we keep that beast under control, we keep that infection rate down, we keep that hospitalization rate down as we all get very eager to get on with life and move on,” he added.
Pakistan records 733 new coronavirus cases, tally rises to 8,212
Pakistan on Sunday reported 733 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the number of the COVID-19 patients to 8,212 in the country, officials said. According to officials, worst-hit Punjab province reported 3,686 cases, Sindh 2,537, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 1,137, Balochistan 376, Gilgit-Baltistan 257, Islamabad 171 and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir 48, taking the overall tally to 8,212. The death toll due to the coronavirus has risen to 167, with Sindh recording its highest number of eight fatalities in a single day, PTI reported.
More than 1 million European cases of virus
The European Center for Disease Control says the continent now has more than 1 million confirmed cases and almost 100,000 deaths from the new coronavirus. According to a tally posted on the ECDC website Sunday, Spain had the most cases in the region with 191,726, followed by Italy, Germany, Britain and France. It listed Italy as having the most deaths in Europe, with 23,227, followed by Spain, France, Britain and Belgium. According to the tally, Europe accounts for almost half the global case load and more than half the total deaths.(AP)
North Korea denies that Kim sent Trump ‘a nice note’ North Korea
North Korea on Sunday dismissed as ungrounded President Donald Trump’s comment that he recently received a nice note from the North’s leader, Kim Jong Un. Trump said during a press briefing on the coronavirus pandemic Saturday that I received a nice note from him recently. It was a nice note. I think we’re doing fine. Trump also defended now-stalled nuclear diplomacy with Kim, saying the US would have been at war with North Korea if he had not been elected. The North’s Foreign Ministry said there was no letter addressed to Trump recently by the supreme leadership, a reference to Kim. It said it would examine why the US leadership released the ungrounded story to the media. (AP)
World cruise, begun before virus pandemic, approaching Spain
Passengers on a luxury liner’s around-the-world cruise, begun before the globe was gripped by the coronavirus pandemic, are finally approaching the end of their odyssey after 15 weeks at sea. The ship, the Costa Deliziosa, was heading Sunday toward a port in Spain before ending its journey in Italy both countries devastated by the coronavirus outbreak. Costa Crociere, an Italian cruise company, said that the Deliziosa, which set sail from Venice in early January with 1,831 passengers, had no cases of COVID-19 aboard. The Deliziosa, a nearly 300-meter (1,000-foot) vessel, will disembark 168 Spanish passengers on Monday at Barcelona’s port. Then the Deliziosa will head to its final destination, Genoa, Italy, where it is expected to let off the remaining passengers, Italians and those of other nationalities, on Wednesday. (AP)
Spain reports lowest daily deaths for a month
Spain has reported its lowest daily death total for confirmed coronavirus victims in nearly a month as the country contains a savage outbreak that has killed more than 20,000 people there. Spanish health officials said Sunday another 410 people have died in the last 24 hours. That is the lowest daily death toll since March 22. It takes the total to 20,453 virus-related deaths since the start of the pandemic. Spain also reported 4,218 confirmed new cases, pushing the total to 195,944 second only to the United States.
Pope dreams of post-virus world where inequalities abolished
Pope Francis is urging the faithful to use the coronavirus pandemic’s time of trial to prepare for a future where inequalities are abolished and the poorest are no longer left behind. This is not some ideology, Francis said. It is Christianity. Francis traveled a few blocks outside the Vatican walls on Sunday to celebrate Mass at a nearby church to mark a special feast day dedicated to mercy. Only a few priests were in the pews given Italy’s strict virus lockdown.
While people infected with the coronavirus often experience mild or moderate symptoms, possible complications like pneumonia can put their lives at risk. In his homily, Francis said the grave, global toll of the pandemic has reminded the world that there are no borders between those who suffer, no differences in nationalities among those who are struck or spared.
China declares Wuhan low-risk area
China has classified the coronavirus epicentre Wuhan as a low-risk area, days after it revised the city’s death toll by 50 per cent, even as 16 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the country, health officials said on Sunday. According to the risk criteria defined in a guideline issued by China’s State Council, cities, counties and districts with no newly confirmed cases in the last 14 days are categorised as low-risk areas. Those with fewer than 50 cases or those with over 50 but without a concentrated outbreak are classified as mid-risk areas, and those with over 50 cases as well as a concentrated outbreak are classified as high-risk areas. China’s National Health Commission (NHC) said on Sunday that 16 new confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported in the country on Saturday, with nine imported cases and seven local transmissions. The death toll remained at 4,632 as no new fatalities were reported on Saturday, it said.
South Korea sees smallest rise in cases in 2 months
South Korea reported just eight more cases of the coronavirus on Sunday, the first time a daily increase has dropped to single digits in about two months. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the additional figures raised the country’s total to 10,661, including 234 deaths. It said 8,042 people have recovered and been released from quarantine and 12,243 others were undergoing tests to determine whether they had contracted the virus.
‘We must not loosen our guard until the last confirmed patient is recovered.’ President Moon Jae-in said.
South Korea’s caseload has been waning in recent weeks since it recorded hundreds of new cases every day between late February and early March, mostly in the southeastern city of Daegu and nearby areas.
Over a thousand virus cases on French ship
Figures from France’s military leadership show more than half the sailors aboard the country’s flagship aircraft carrier contracted the new virus as the ship traveled through the Mediterranean Sea, the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. A navy official says 1,046 of the 1,760 people aboard the Charles de Gaulle tested positive for the virus. Navy Chief of Staff Adm. Christophe Prazuck attributed the quick spread to the great population density aboard the ship. Speaking Saturday evening to Europe-1 radio, Prazuck said virus protection measures weren’t followed properly, which did not allow us to detect the beginning of the epidemic, and therefore to contain it. The ship is undergoing a lengthy disinfection process since returning to its home base in Toulon last week.
Viral Man performs to Michael Jackson’s song while ‘weathering the storm’
With more time in their hands than they are used to thanks to the coronavirus lockdown, people around the world are showcasing their creative side to fight boredom. Recently, a video of a man in Mizoram giving a glimpse of his dancing skills during a cyclonic storm in the state has gone viral. In the video, Jeremy l Ralte can be seen doing a live performance on Michael Jackson’s song ‘Earth’ from his popular album ‘Thriller’. ‘2020 ain’t got nothin’ on us!! Stay Strong people. Remember me, even in your worst weathers,’ Ralte wrote while sharing the video.
‘Space war or UFO?’: Netizens debate after ‘flaming object’ spotted in UK sky
People of Cambridgeshire in England were in for a surprise when they spotted what appeared to be a ‘burning object’ spiralling through the skies. After images of the red flaming object went viral on the internet, the mysterious phenomenon prompted several speculations, from meteor showers to even an UFO.
Coronavirus: UK expands repatriation flights from South Asia
As many as 7,000 more Britons will return home from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh as the UK government has announced to operate 31 more charter flights over the next week to repatriate its citizens stranded in the coronavirus lockdown across South Asia, PTI reported. The flights, scheduled between April 20 and 27, include 17 from India, 10 from Pakistan and four from Bangladesh. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said that 7,000 more people will be able to get home from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, after 31 more charter flights have been announced from the region over the next week. “Our special charter deal with the airlines has enabled us to return thousands more. Now, I can announce the next 31 flights from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh which will get 7,000 more Brits safely back home,” said UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.
In Brazil, Bolsonaro supporters protest against restriction measures
In Brazil, Bolsonaro supporters protest against restriction measures
Must unite against the dangerous epidemic of misinformation: António Guterres
Secretary-General of the UN António Guterres warns against misinformation regarding COVID-19
Social distancing gone for a toss in cafes, restaurants in South Korea
Few cafes and restaurants in South Korea bustled with customers on Saturday despite government pleas to remain indoors and maintain social distancing to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Coronavirus global update: Trump calls China’s Covid-19 toll ‘unrealistic’
President Donald Trump has cast doubt on the accuracy of China’s official coronavirus death toll, terming it ‘unrealistic’ and claiming that the actual number was ‘way ahead’ of the US’ which is not the world’s ‘number one’ country in terms of COVID-19 fatalities. Trump’s comments have come two days after another 1,300 fatalities were added to the official count in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the outbreak started in November last year. The revision puts China’s overall death toll to more than 4,600. ‘We are not number one; China is number one just so you understand,’ Trump told reporters at a White House news conference on Saturday. The president asserted that the actual number was much more than the official Chinese death toll figures, which he said were ‘unrealistic’. ‘You know it, I know it and they know it, but you don’t want to report it. Why? You will have to explain that. Someday I will explain it,’ he said.
Coronavirus global update: Thailand reports 32 new cases
Thailand on Sunday reported 32 new cases of coronavirus, bringing its total to 2,765, Reuters quoted a senior official as saying. Out of the new cases, 28 cases were reported from Bangkok, a spokesman for the government’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration said. No new fatlities were reported. Thailand has reported a total of 47 deaths due to coronavirus.
Coronavirus global update: Confirmed cases in Germany rise to 1,39,897
Germany’s confirmed coronavirus cases increased by 2,458 to reach 1,39,897 on Sunday, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed, Reuters reported. Nearly 3,069 new cases were reported on Saturday. The death toll due to the virus now stands at 4,294.
Coronavirus global update: China reports 16 new coronavirus cases, lowest since March 17
China’s National Health Commission reported 16 new cases of the novel coronavirus on April 18, the lowest since March 17, and down from 27 a day earlier. Of these new cases, 9 were imported infections and the remaining 7 cases were locally transmitted, Reuters reported.The total number of confirmed cases in the country reached 82,735 while the death toll stood at 4,632.
People gather during the Utah Business Revival rally, calling for Utah’s economy to be re-opened, Saturday, April 18, 2020, in Salt Lake City. Utah will aim to reopen restaurants and gyms and resume elective surgeries in early May under a plan unveiled Friday by Gov. Gary Herbert to gradually reopen the economy that has been decimated by the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Here are the latest developments from elsewhere around the world:
Social distancing rules should be same for Ramzan, Easter: Trump
US President Donald Trump has said he hopes that the Muslims in his country will have to maintain the same social distancing standards during Ramzan as Christians at Easter. The US president made the comments after being asked to defend a retweet of a conservative commentator who seemingly questioned whether Muslims would be treated with the same severity as Christians who broke social distancing rules.
Spain to extend coronavirus lockdown through May 9: PM
Spain, the country with the third-highest COVID-19 death toll in the world would extend its nationwide lockdown until May 9, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Saturday. Restrictions on movements would be relaxed slightly from April 27, he added.
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