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Coronavirus updates: data, infections, deaths USA, India and UK on 2 April

Spanish health workers return the daily 8pm applause in Madrid.

Coronavirus live: latest Covid-19 updates

Interesting visual from Bloomberg tracking the coronavirus from case number one to the one million mark reached on 2 April.  

MLS will remain shut down until April 24, the US league has announced. 

Georgia has followed the example of numerous other US states by ordering a lockdown effective as of April 3. 

Coronavirus: Barcelona converts car park into a temporary morgue


Coronavirus: Barcelona converts car park into a temporary morgue

As Spanish health sector workers fight the Covid-19 pandemic, the funeral services are overrun and Madrid and Barcelona are having to enact emergency measures.

The US and the UK continue to grow in a straight line while other countries have seemingly turned a corner due to strict isolation rules.

Data has revealed that the virus took hold in the UK a lot early than previously thought and it killed a lot more people too. The first death happened on 28 February, which is a week earlier than believed. There are now over 1,000,000 coronavirus cases around the world and accounts for almost 3,000 deaths out of 50,000 around the world. 

One of the US' main issues is that there has been a shortage of supplies in hospitals. Masks are not being produced quickly enough and because of that, the frontline medical staff don't have enough masks with some reports saying doctors re-used masks for different patients. The New York Times is now reporting the "C.D.C. will now recommend that everyone wear face coverings in public settings, like pharmacies and grocery stores, to avoid unwittingly spreading the virus."

Atletico Madrid

Atlético Madrid players from the senior men's and women's squads and Atlético B have agreed to a 70 percent pay cut to safeguard the jobs of non-playing staff. 


We have watched as the daily numbers continue to rise across the globe, and not long after 50,000 deaths were announced, a new milestone in cases was reached. 1,000,000 people have now been diagnosed with coronavirus around the world.

It's interesting and very scary to think of all the ways the pandemic is affecting our lives. UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation said that good prices were down 4.3% in February. This was caused by the drop in oil prices, which dragged down the demand for biofuels and thus the demand for sugar and vegetable oils. 


The New York Times have published this photo of the unemployment numbers. Over 6 million unemployment claims filed last week. It goes without saying that the world hasn't seen something like this in quite some time, if ever. Here is a look at the employment cases state by state.

The current figure for coronavirus cases worldwide sits at 999,889 as of 19:30 CEST. That should hit a million in the next hour. Spain's 706 deaths today has pushed them over the 10,000 deaths mark while Italy are approaching the 14,000 death mark.

More than 50,000 deaths worldwide

Global confirmed deaths now sit at 50,230 based on data provided by the Johns Hopkins University.

Coronavirus conspiracies

Coronavirus conspiracy theories: Is it man-made? or caused by 5G technology?

Global cases of Covid-19 infection are expected to reach the one million mark within the next 24 hours, and that has certainly kept conspiracy theorists busy – is the Covid-19 virus a man-made bioweapon created in a laboratory? Or is it a new mutation of the coronavirus family which has occurred naturally? Others are claiming that the pandemic is directly related to 5G wireless technology affecting the human immune system... Read more here:

UK daily briefing

Health secretary Matt Hancock says that by the end of April they will be conducting 100,000 coronavirus tests per day.

Hancock also stated that the UK has a five-pillar strategy on testing and also that they had started building a 'large diagnostics industry', something that was needed as, unlike say Germany, one didn't already exist.

Other points made:

-  a firm commitment was given that by the end of the month all NHS staff who need a test will get one

- the curve must be flattened before the UK will lift the lockdown

- Premier League footballers should take a pay cut to 'play their part' like everyone else

Vaccine news

A potential coronavirus vaccine developed in Pittsburgh, USA, has been found to produce antibodies capable of fighting off Covid-19. This is the first of the many attempts around the globe to be published after peer review.

It was tested on mice and generated enough antibodies to 'neutralise' the virus with two weeks. Read the full story from The Independent.

Philippine president tells police to 'shoot dead' lockdown abusers


Philippine president tells police to 'shoot dead' lockdown abusers

Rodrigo Duterte says that his police and military have the right to shoot people dead if they fight back during lockdown in the Philippines

POTUS tweets

Support for developing nations

According to AFP, the French finance minister, Bruno Le Maire, has called for support of $500-billion to aid Africa through this time.

We are responsible for avoiding a drama in developing nations, especially in Africa," he said. “We support a moratorium in the coming months on the debt of the poorest countries.”

This comes just days after he urged rich nations that form the G20 to help poor countries hit by the pandemic.

High profile

Famous, athletes, artists and celebrities who have contracted coronavirus

A look at how high profile media personalities have used their Covid-19 experience to offer advice to others

Coronavirus: US unemployment rate, jobless claims by state


Coronavirus: US unemployment rate, jobless claims by state

Jaw-dropping jobless claims have just been reported in the United States, doubling last week's record.

Updated global coronavirus figures

Here is a selection of the latest worldwide Covid-19 numbers, correct at 15:25 CEST, according to the Johns Hopkins University live tracker:

Spain: 110,238 cases; 10,003 deaths

UK: 29,872 cases; 2,357 deaths

US: 216,722 cases; 5,137 deaths

Italy: 110,574 cases; 13,155 deaths

China: 82,431 cases; 3,322 deaths

India: 2,032 cases; 58 deaths

Nigeria: 174 cases; 2 deaths

World: 956,588 cases; 48,320 deaths

Florida coronavirus lockdown: how long is it & what are the restrictions?


Florida coronavirus lockdown: how long is it & what are the restrictions?

Florida coronavirus lockdown: how long is it & what are the restrictions?

With the United States' Covid-19 death toll now past 5,000, Florida governor Ron DeSantis has announced a lockdown of the Sunshine State.

Full story:

Coronavirus: Football, last on the government's agenda in Spain's state of emergency plan


Coronavirus: Football, last on the government's agenda in Spain's state of emergency plan

Football last on agenda in Spanish government's emergency plan

Lockdown measures will gradually be lifted and stadiums will remain closed to the public until risk of infection is negligible, which could be several months.

Full story:

Spain: Daily Covid-19 figures via Ministry of Health analysed

With the death toll topping the 10,000 mark, Thursday's data as supplied by the Spanish Ministry of Health broken down here.

Coronavirus USA: what does lockdown mean and what is an essential business


Coronavirus USA: what does lockdown mean and what is an essential business

Coronavirus USA: lockdown and essential services

The US is bracing for the worst of the coronavirus curve across the country, but what are the restrictions in place and what services will remain unaffected?

Full story:

Breaking: Spain tops 10,000 fatality threshold

The daily figures relating to Covid-19 cases in Spain were issued just prior to 12:00 CEST on Thursday with the country having now witnessed 10,003 coronavirus related deaths.

Between Wednesday and Thursday, Spain registered 950 new deaths - yet another record toll for the country.

Still no registered Covid-19 cases in North Korea

North Korea is yet to register a single coronavirus patient, a senior health official in Pyongyang has insisted, despite growing global scepticism as the pandemic closes in on 1,000,000 cases.

The already isolated state quickly closed its borders in January after the virus was detected in the neighbouring nation of China, and imposed strict lockdown measures.

Pak Myong Su, the head of the North Korean department tasked with fighting epidemics, claimed that the country’s efforts to stave of coronavirus have been successful.

We adopted preventative and scientific measures such as inspections and quarantines for all people arriving in the country,” he said. “We are disinfecting products, and have closed borders and blocked maritime and air routes.”

China confirms 6 new cases

Six new Covid-19 cases were recorded in China within the past 24-hours. Various areas of the Asian nation are slowly trying to return to normal with an easing up of restrictions in certain areas. The present concern for the government is to reduce the cases being imported into the country.

Recommended reading: Postcards from Wuhan

Russia posts new cases high

Russia has confirmed its largest single-day rise in identified cases positive cases of coronavirus (771) bringing the total to over 3,500 as the country passes tougher regulations to slow the spreading of the virus.

Coronavirus: the complete guide to the Covid-19 pandemic


Coronavirus: the complete guide to the Covid-19 pandemic

Coronavirus: the complete lowdown

You'll find all the information you need to understand the coronavirus and ways to stay safe during the Covid-19 pandemic, right here:

Fountains of Wayne co-founder passes away 

Covid-19 virus takes away another talented musician with the sad news that 52-year-old co-founder of US rock band Fountains of Wayne, Adam Schlesinger died after contracting the virus. 

Jazz legend Ellis Marsalis Jr. dies due to Covid-19 complications 

The 85-year-old New Orleans native and father to jazz artists Wynton and Branford, died after battling pneumonia brought on by the virus.

WHO chief "deeply concerned"

The director-general of the World Health Organization, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has said he is “deeply concerned” by the spread of coronavirus as the pandemic closes in on 1,000,000 cases and 50,000 deaths worldwide.

"As we enter the fourth month since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, I am deeply concerned about the rapid escalation and global spread of infection," Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday.

"Over the past five weeks, we have witnessed a near exponential growth in the number of new cases, reaching almost every country. The number of deaths has more than doubled in the past week.”

AS front page

Thursday’s AS front page: "A star is born"

The coronavirus pandemic’s impact on the sporting calendar features heavily on today’s AS front page, which relays the news of Wimbledon’s cancellation for the first time since 1945, and plans to get LaLiga and the Champions League completed by the end of the summer.

On Wednesday, UEFA announced that it was suspending the Champions League and the Europa League "until further notice".

Meanwhile, the front page leads with the headline “A star is born”, noting that Real Madrid youth product Achraf Hakimi, who has impressed on loan at Borussia Dortmund, is a target for Juventus, Chelsea and PSG.

Latest worldwide coronavirus figures

Here is a selection of the latest global Covid-19 numbers, correct at 09:15 CEST, courtesy of the Johns Hopkins University live tracker:

Spain: 104,118 cases; 9,387 deaths

UK: 29,865 cases; 2,357 deaths

US: 216,721 cases; 5,137 deaths

Italy: 110,574 cases; 13,155 deaths

China: 82,394 cases; 3,316 deaths

India: 2,032 cases; 58 deaths

Nigeria: 174 cases; 2 deaths

World: 937,738 cases; 47,261 deaths

Coronavirus live: good morning

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, which is now closing in on 1,000,000 cases worldwide.

We'll do our very best to keep you updated with all the key developments, comments and numbers as they emerge throughout the day.


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