– President Donald Trump has warned of a “tough week” as the US is anticipating an increase in coronavirus deaths
– Cases have increased in mainland China, most of which arrive from outside the country
– The state of New York records a record day for deaths at 630
– The death toll in the UK has increased by 708 in 24 hours. This is the highest daily increase so far
– The number of reported daily infections in Germany has decreased slightly, with the Robert Koch Institute registering fewer than 6,000 cases
Universal Coordinated Time (UTC / GMT) updates
09:00 Chief of Berlin police Barbara Slowik told the German media company Tagespiegel that the 200,000 Face masks that had been intercepted and brought to the US was to be replaced in a separate broadcast. Germany accused the USA on Friday of having confiscated the protective face masks and described them as the “act of modern piracy”
08:25 Authorities in Israel hired health workers Reduce the test and prioritize hospital cases due to a lack of testing caused by Germany and South Korea.
“The supply line from Germany has been closed,” an official from the Israeli Ministry of Health told Haaretz. “We do not know under which state regulations, but some claim that it is a result of nationalization [of the factory]. “
On the Korean side, one of the factories producing the reagent required for the tests has stopped production. Israeli media said there was a shortage of raw materials.
More than 8,000 people in Israel have been infected with the novel corona virus. At least 46 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins.
08:10 Greece has quarantined a second migrant camp On the mainland, after a 53-year-old man from Afghanistan tested positive for COVID-19, the Ministry of Migration said.
The man lives with his family in the Malakasa camp, about 40 kilometers from Athens, along with hundreds of asylum seekers. He was then transferred to a hospital in the Greek capital.
08:00 German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has asked citizens to do so maintain social distance during the coming Easter season, while the Germans are praised for complying with the rules implemented as part of the government’s blocking measures in effect until April 19.
Maas tweeted: “We must continue to do everything we can to prevent the spread of the virus. Unfortunately, this also applies to Easter. It is impressive how the vast majority comply with the rules. This shows great community spirit and solidarity. That is exactly what it is.” what we need to build on to overcome the crisis. ”
07:45 The German rail network has reported more punctual traffic since the introduction of social distance measures because fewer passengers are being carried.
The state operator Deutsche Bahn 84.2% of all long-distance trains arrived on time in March, an increase of 4.1% compared to the previous month of 2019.
As part of Germany’s current blocking measures, the 16 federal states and the federal government led by Merkel have imposed restrictions that no more than two people can come together in public and only use public transport for essential purposes.
Continue reading: Angela Merkel sees “a little hope”, but maintains the lock
07:30 Ecuador Vice President Otto Sonnenholzner apologized after numerous corpses were left on the streets of Guayaquil when the novel virus swept through the port city.
Locals had posted footage on social media showing abandoned corpses on the streets of the Latin American city that had suffered the most from the pandemic.
“We saw pictures that should never have happened, and as your official, I apologize,” said Sonnenholzer, who is responsible for Ecuador’s virus response team.
The South American country has reported nearly 3,500 cases in which 172 people were killed.
07:10 The President of I ran has said that “low-risk” economic activity will resume in the Middle East country from April 11, where more than 50,000 cases have been reported.
“Under the supervision of the Ministry of Health, all of these low-risk economic activities will resume on Saturday,” President Hassan Rouhani announced.
“Two thirds of all Iranian government employees will be absent from Saturday … the decision does not contradict the advice of the health authorities to stay at home.”
06:55 in the SpainPrime Minister Pedro Sanchez has called on other EU Member States to show solid “solidarity” and a closer community as European countries deal with the debilitating outbreak of the corona virus.
Sanchez said he believed that “Europe must build a war economy and promote resistance, reconstruction and European recovery” before adding: “If we continue to think small, we will fail.”
“Europe is suffering from the greatest crisis since World War II. Our citizens are dying or fighting in hospitals saturated with a pandemic that is the greatest threat to public health since the 1918 flu,” added Sanchez.
The Spanish Prime Minister’s comments follow the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, who is pushing for enormous investments in the EU budget.
06:50 Thousands of medical students across Germany have volunteered to support the fight against the coronavirus. For many, it was a crash course in pandemic medicine. Read more here.
06:00 The number of infections in Germany has risen by 5936 according to the Robert Koch Institute. That number is 100 less than on Saturday. The number of deaths rose by 184 and the death toll in Germany to 1,342.
05:50 The Swedish government According to the Swedish media, the company is striving for more powers to implement a ban or more restrictive public life. The move comes as more and more countries around the world introduce public locks to try to stop the spread of COVID-19. So far, Sweden has shown a significantly different attitude towards fighting the virus, especially compared to its Scandinavian neighbors.
05:30 New Zealand has reported 1,039 cases after the country’s health officials released the latest numbers, showing an increase of 89 infections. So far, New Zealand has recorded one death that is attributed to the novel corona virus.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that strict blocking measures would prevent the outbreak from spreading.
“Our fall rate and death toll are far below those of other comparable countries,” said Ardern at a press conference. “Yes, we had the advantage of time. Our distance and our early border and mass gathering measures also made a difference there.”
05:15 Health officials in Australia have said that they are cautiously optimistic on curbing the spread of COVID-19, but warned that social distance restrictions should remain in place for up to six months.
Confirmed cases increased by 181 within 24 hours through early Sunday, increasing the country’s total to 5,635 infections. The death toll from COVID-19 is now 34.
Jeremy McAnulty, director of health protection in New South Wales (NSW), said: “We want to be hopeful, but don’t overdo the numbers.”
Health Minister Greg Hunt warned that citizens should remain vigilant for another six months despite good signs. “This is a difficult six month period that we have to go through,” Hunt said in Sky News Australia.
4:50 am New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that the Chinese government has shipped 1,000 ventilators to his state.
New York state is currently under pressure after more than 100,000 coronavirus cases have occurred, and Governor Cuomo praised the Chinese government for its help, while admitting that the U.S. government’s medical supply is far from sufficient.
“We’re all in the same battle here,” Cuomo said, admitting that the state of Oregon also volunteered to send 140 ventilators to New York. “And the fight stops the virus from spreading.”
Additional help came from the National Basketball Association (NBA) donation for one million surgical masks, for which Cuomo also thanked.
In the meantime, United Airlines has announced a drastic reduction in flights to two airports in New York City.
United announced on Sunday that it was flying from 157 daily flights at Newark and LaGuardia airports to just 17.
01:52 The European aircraft manufacturer Airbus has transported 4 million face masks China to Germany As part of its so-called airlift mission, the company announced on Sunday morning.
An A350 aircraft loaded with masks landed in Hamburg and is distributed to hospitals in Germany, France, Spain and the UK.
01:16 China’s National Health Commission reported 30 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, 25 of which were people who had recently arrived from outside the country.
To prevent new cases coming from abroad, China has restricted international travel, banned entry for most foreigners, and restricted foreign airlines to one flight a week.
Continue reading: Coronavirus: Medical students in Germany are fighting COVID-19
00:03 EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen called for more European solidarity by increasing investments in the EU budget and said “we need a Marshall Plan for Europe” to ensure economic stability during the coronavirus crisis.
In an editorial published by Germany Welt am Sonntag Newspaper, the EU leader wrote, “The many billions that must be invested today to avert a major disaster will tie generations together.”
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President Trump said the USA was on the way to the “hardest” weeks of his coronavirus epidemic.
“This will be the hardest week and unfortunately there will be a lot of deaths,” Trump said, adding that the authorities wanted to focus on the most affected regions.
In the three US “hot spots” of New York, Louisiana and Detroit, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, Dr. Deborah Birx that the data analysis shows that these areas together will peak in COVID-19 deaths over the next 6 to 7 days.
When reporting the coronavirus pandemic, unless otherwise stated, DW uses numbers provided by the Coronavirus Resource Center at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) in the United States. The JHU updates the numbers in real time and collects data from world health organizations, state and national governments and other official sources, all of which have their own information gathering systems.
The national statistics of Germany are compiled by the health authority Robert Koch (RKI). These numbers depend on the data transmission at state and local level and are updated about once a day, which can lead to deviations from the JHU.
wmr, jsi / rc (Reuters, AFP, dpa, AP)
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