Coronavirus updates: data, infections, deaths USA, India and UK on 29 March
Coronavirus live: latest Covid-19 updates - Sunday 29 March
We're going to take a little break from the live feed for a while but will be back very soon to keep you informed of everything that is happening relating to the coronavirus crisis. Thank you for your company today.
In the meantime, here is our front page for Monday 30 March which will delight Real Madrid fans with the news that Marco Asensio is now fit again, just 8 months after his ACL tear.
Which countries have banned alcohol during lockdown?
Despite unfulfilled rumours that an alcohol ban was to be introduced in the UK during lockdown, some nations have declared a temporary ban.
Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari has ordered a lockdown in the cities of Lagos and Abuja
The latest Covid-19 update in the West African nation....total cases, recoveries and deaths
The Spanish government finally publishes details (late Sunday night) of the new lockdown measures confirming that 'non-essential workers' must remain at home as of Monday (30/03).
The UK Prime Minister is issuing a letter to every home in the country advising people to obey the guidelines that have been given as part of the lockdown.
POTUS has not been getting the most glowing of praise for his decision this afternoon to focus on his popularity at a time when thousands of people are suffering.
Although only one death reported thus far in Nigeria, capital Abuja and Lagos have been placed under lockdown by president Muhammadu Buhari. There have been almost 100 coronavirus cases confirmed to date.
Former FC Barcelona and Turkey's most capped international player Rüştü Reçber hospitalised with Covid-19
All non-essential work activity will stop in Spain from tomorrow until 9 April but there is come confusion as to which jobs can continue under the new lockdown restrictions. We look at the sector which will be affected and those for which the measures are unclear.
First death reported in Syria
As Saudi Arabia report four new deaths today due to coronavirus, Syrian authorities have confirmed their first.
After the largest stimulus package in the history of the United States was agreed, Americans are keen to know if, and what, they can expect to receive.
New York City mayor, Bill de Blasio, has said that by 5 April the city will run out of critical medical supplies, including ventilators.
The sad news just keeps on coming for those putting themselves at risk to save others. True heroes them all
Some sad news from the north west, it is reported that Hilda Churchill, of Salford, Manchester, became the oldest victim of the coronavirus pandemic in England this weekend. The 108-year-old had lived through and survived the Spanish Flu outbreak of 1918. She passed away on Saturday after testing positive for Covid-19 last week, just nine days before what would have been her 109th birthday.
The Spanish Flu pandemic lasted just under two years and claimed millions of lives - including Hilda Churchill's sister, Beryl May.
BREAKING | German state minister commits suicide
Reported by The Local, Thomas Schäfer, the 54-year-old finance minister of Germany's Hesse state, has killed himself after becoming 'deeply worried' over coping with the economic situation that comes due to coronavirus.
"We are in shock, we are in disbelief and above all we are immensely sad," said state premier Volker Bouffier on Sunday.
"Today we have to assume that he was deeply worried," continued Bouffier who confirmed that Schäfer had been working 'day and night' to help businesses and individuals.
"It's precisely during this difficult time that we would have needed someone like him," he added about the man who leaves behind a wife and two children.
Reuters agency has reported that the region of Lombardy, the hardest hit area of Italy, has seen a drop in the number of coronavirus deaths in the last 24 hours compared with the day before. There were 416, down from the previous 542.
Lockdown pressures are rising in the country after a month of lockdown.
The IOC is expected to reach an agreement on a new date for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games next week, according to reports. The most popular option and that gathering the most momentum among IOC member nations is a simple switch to the same dates - 24 July to 9 August - that the Games were supposed to take place this year.
Christian Gourcuff and André Villas-Boas are among the coaches behind the initiative to play from February in response to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is already being seen at football clubs around the world. In Switzerland, clubs have not escaped the financial stress which the break in competition has caused. Former Barcelona and Arsenal midfielder Alex Song was one of nine players to be sacked by Swiss club FC Sion in a coronavirus cost-cutting exercise. Song insists that he and his team mates were unfairly dismissed and vows to take the case to FIFA. Read more on that story here:
Juventus president Andrea Agnelli appeared to agree with the sentiment among Old Lady supporters that the title should be left vacant as it stands.
Olympics to be held in July 2021 - reports
There are reports that the delayed Tokyo Olympics are to be held in July 2021. The Games were this week postponed until next year, with the International Olympic Committee stating that they would take place "not later than summer".
Spain "stabilising", says health chief
Fernando Simón, the head of Spain’s centre for the coordination of health emergencies, says the coronavirus situation in Spain “is stabilising”, despite the country registering a record 838 deaths from Covid-19 between Saturday and Sunday.
“In the last 24 hours there have been 5,549 new cases, which is a 9% increase on yesterday’s total,” Simón said on Sunday. “We’ve been steadily decreasing. 20% of those infected have been discharged.
"The fundamental issue is to avoid the intensive care units becoming saturated. The situation is stabilising, but we have to ensure that saturation doesn’t happen.”
Spain beats record daily death toll again
Spain has once more registered a record coronavirus death toll in a single 24-hour period, after the Spanish health ministry revealed that 838 people died as a result of Covid-19 between Saturday and Sunday.
In total, there have now been 78,797 confirmed coronavirus cases in Spain, leading to 6,528 deaths.
Minute's silence for senior citizens killed by Covid-19
A minute's silence is set to be observed across Spain on Sunday night, as a mark of respect for the senior citizens who have died as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
A message shared widely on WhatsApp and social media read: “On Sunday at 21:00 [CEST] we’ll offer a candelit minute’s silence on every balcony and terrace and at every window to pay tribute to all the elderly who are leaving us without the chance to say goodbye.”
5,982 people have died from Covid-19 in Spain, with figures released by the Spanish health ministry revealing that 86.2% of those who have passed away have been aged 70 or above.
Updated global coronavirus numbers
Here is an updated selection of this morning’s coronavirus numbers, correct at 11:10 CEST, according to Johns Hopkins University:
Spain: 73,235 cases; 5,982 deaths
UK: 17,315 cases; 1,021 deaths
US: 124,686 cases; 2,191 deaths
Italy: 92,472 cases; 10,023 deaths
China: 82,061 cases; 3,304 deaths
India: 987 cases; 25 deaths
World: 666,211 cases; 30,864 deaths
"A turning point for football"
As countries across the globe struggle to contain and cope with the effects of Covid-19, a period of cutbacks and economic realignment is on the horizon in the world of football.
CDC urges tri-state area residents against non-essential travel
As the Covid-19 death toll grows in the United States, American president Donald Trump on Saturday decided against quarantining the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, the country's worst-affected region.
However, the US' Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has responded by urging people in the area against all but essential travel.
Coronavirus death toll tops 30,000
More than 30,000 people have now died as a result of coronavirus, with the death toll in Italy, Europe's worst affected country, accounting for a third of them. The number of deaths in the country has now risen over the 10,000 mark.
In the Unites States, which has more confirmed coronavirus cases than any other nation - over 120,000 - the total death count has doubled over the past two days to more than 2,000.
Latest coronavirus numbers
Here is a selection of this morning’s latest global coronavirus numbers, correct at 09:30 CEST, courtesy of the Johns Hopkins University live tracker:
Spain: 73,235 cases; 5,982 deaths
UK: 17,312 cases; 1,021 deaths
US: 124,665 cases; 2,192 deaths
Italy: 92,472 cases; 10,023 deaths
China: 82,057 cases; 3,304 deaths
India: 987 cases; 25 deaths
World: 665,164 cases; 30,857 deaths
"Galácticos on the wane"
"Galácticos on the wane" is Sunday's headline on on the front cover of AS, as economists and agents believe that the financial impact of the coronavirus crisis could make gargantuan transfer fees and bloated wage packages a thing of the past.
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