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Coronavirus live updates today: data, infections, deaths USA, India, UK...

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the daily coronavirus task force briefing in the press briefing room at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 4, 2020. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File Photo

Coronavirus live: latest Covid-19 updates - Saturday 4 April

A pause...

We're going to take a break from our live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic for a few hours, but we'll be back before you know it to keep you abreast of the latest developments in this unfolding crisis. Thanks for reading.

"There will be a lot of death"

United States president Donald Trump has told his daily press briefing that "there will be a lot of death" in the country as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

We probably have never seen anything like these kind of numbers," Trump added.

Coronavirus cases in the US moved past the 300,000 mark on Saturday, with the nation's death toll now at nearly 8,500.


Coronavirus India: Why and when to switch off lights and light candles?


Coronavirus India: Why and when to switch off lights and light candles?

India to show coronavirus "the power of light"

The people of India are set to turn off the lights in their homes for five minutes on Sunday at 21:00 IST, and display lamps, candles and mobile-phone torchlights in a show of the country's collective determination to beat the coronavirus pandemic.

"This Sunday, on 5 April, we must all together challenge the darkness spread by the corona crisis, introducing it to the power of light," Indian prime minister Modi said in an address to the nation on Friday.

India is currently in the midst of a 21-day lockdown as it bids to curb the spread of Covid-19, which has so far registered just over 3,000 cases in the country, leading to 86 deaths.


100 new cases reported in Tokyo on Saturday

Japan's capital city Tokyo reported 118 new Covid-19 infections on Saturday - the first time that the city has exceeded three figures since the pandemic began. The total number of cases in Tokyo stands at 891 with the national figure at 3,139. In Japan, 83 people have died due to the coronavirus crisis since the start of February - five passed away this weekend. Japan is one of the few countries which still isn't under lockdown but schools are closed and a lot of businesses including major department stores have closed own voluntarily and are expected to remain closed until 12 April at least.

Coronavirus "like a fire spreading" as New York registers 630 deaths in 24-hour period

Coronavirus-related illnesses killed 630 people in the last day in New York state, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Saturday, in the bleakest 24 hours yet for the US state hit hardest by the pandemic.

The novel coronavirus has now killed 3,565 people in the state and the situation is particularly worrying on Long Island, east of New York City, where the number of cases "is like a fire spreading," Cuomo told a news conference.

Health experts calculate that New York, home both to bustling Manhattan and hilly farm country stretching to the Canadian border, might be around a week away from the worst point in the health crisis, which has killed about 60,000 people worldwide.

(Text: Reuters)

Turkey coronavirus deaths move past 500

The Turkish government has confirmed that its coronavirus death toll has passed the 500 mark, after 74 people died from Covid-19 in the country over the past 24 hours.

The Turkish health minister, Fahretin Koca, revealed on Saturday that the number of people who have been killed by coronavirus in the eastern European nation has climbed to a total of 501. In all, there have been 23,934 cases in Turkey.

Lab worker

Coronavirus in the UK: How can I volunteer for the clinical trials?

When a vaccine or cure for the Covid-19 coronavirus  is discovered, it will need to be tested on humans before it can become available commercially. Clinical trials on humans usually take place over four phases until a drug can be declared 100% safe and be able to be licensed. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for one of these trials, here is all the information you need to know about what the trial entails, who you need to contact and what the risks are.

Coronavirus in Australia: Which states are on lockdown?


Coronavirus in Australia: Which states are on lockdown?

Coronavirus in Australia: Which states are on lockdown?

As Australia looks to prevent the spread of Covid-19, social-distancing measures are being enforced to differing degrees in the country's states and major mainland territories.

Full story:

Coronavirus: the complete guide to the Covid-19 pandemic


Coronavirus: the complete guide to the Covid-19 pandemic

Coronavirus: the complete guide to the Covid-19 pandemic

All the information you need to understand the coronavirus and ways to stay safe during the Covid-19 pandemic.


6.5% of the elderly in Madrid's care homes have died curing the coronavirus crisis

A total of 2,318 elderly patients in care homes and nursing homes in Madrid have died during the past eight days due to the Covid-19 crisis. The Spanish capital has 465 public and private care homes, which look after around 52,000 pensioners. Since 9 March, family members have not been able to visit relatives in nursing homes in Spain for risk of infection. One of the worst zones to be affected is Leganés where 300 elderly residents died in the space of two weeks.

US hits 300,000 cases, Spain overtakes Italy

The number of coronavirus cases in the United States passed the 300,000 mark on Saturday evening, according to figures compiled by the Johns Hopkins University. Over 8,000 people in the country have been killed by Covid-19.

Meanwhile, Spain has overtaken Italy as the country with the second-most coronavirus positives, behind the US. There have now been 124,736 confirmed coronavirus cases in Spain, says the Johns Hopkins University.

Latest global coronavirus figures

Here, correct at 21:40 CEST, is a selection of the worldwide coronavirus figures, courtesy of the Johns Hopkins University live tracker.

They show that Italy, where more have died from Covid-19 than in any other country, has today moved past 15,000 deaths.

Country: Total cases/deaths

US: 297,575/8,162

UK: 42,441/4,320

Italy: 124,632/15,362

Spain: 124,736/11,744

China: 82,526/3,330

India: 3,082/86

Nigeria: 210/4

Worldwide: 1,181,825/63,902


France death toll exceeds 7,500

The coronavirus epidemic figures in France rose sharply on Saturday with a total of 7,650 fatalities, after hospitals and care homes or the elderly reporting over a thousand deaths since Friday's figures were announced. One of the hardest-hit regions is the Île-de-France district of Paris however health officials were heartened by the news that the new of patients being admitted to Intensive Care have been decreasing. As it stands, there are 89,953 positive cases in France with 15,438 patients having recovered from the virus.

Two-week lockdown imposed in Dubai

Dubai has announced a two-week lockdown starting on Saturday to disinfect the emirate and contain the spread of the coronavirus, state news agency WAM said, citing the Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management.

Dubai warned that mobility would be restricted and legal action taken against violators, WAM said, adding that supermarkets and pharmacies as well as food and drug delivery services would continue to operate as normal.

The oil-rich federation has reported an uptick in coronavirus cases, with several hundred people diagnosed since 1 April and a total number of cases of 1,505.

(Text: Reuters)

Coronavirus: Thermal imaging shows importance of face mask


Coronavirus: Thermal imaging shows importance of face mask

Thermal imaging shows importance of face mask

This video filmed using a thermographic camera shows how a face mask prevents actions such as coughing and sneezing from spreading the coronavirus:

Camp Nou

Barcelona advised to keep Camp Nou closed until the autumn

Oriol Mitjà, specialist in internal medicine and infectious diseases at a hospital in Catalunya believes that realistically, Barcelona will be looking at late autumn before home games can be played in front of the public - and even then, on the condition that the Coronavirus crisis has passed. Read more here:

Coronavirus: what is ivermectin and how does it work?


Coronavirus: what is ivermectin and how does it work?

The readily available anti-parasitic drug has proven effective against Covid-19 in vitro, as well as against other viruses, although human studies are ongoing.

Borussia Dortmund are to hand over part of the Westfalenstadion to the emergency services during the coronavirus pandemic. The German side have made the gesture in line with several other European and South American clubs. 

Coronavirus: Van Gaal says "winners must be decided on the pitch"


Coronavirus: Van Gaal says "winners must be decided on the pitch"

The former Ajax and AZ Alkmaar coach has criticized suggestions that the reigning champions retain their title with the Eredivisie sides locked on points.

According to reports in the USA, front line health workers will not receive hazard pay for battling the coronavirus pandemic

Coronavirus: Maria Sharapova dishes out phone number to locked down fans


Coronavirus: Maria Sharapova dishes out phone number to locked down fans

A nice touch from the former world number one, who has invited fans to drop her a line during quarantine. 

Coronavirus: UK lockdown could end "in weeks" says government advisor


Coronavirus: UK lockdown could end "in weeks" says government advisor

Professor Neil Ferguson of Imperial College London has suggested the Covid-19 curve in the UK is expected to flatten soon and could see restrictions lifted.

Spain lockdown extended

Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez has confirmed a two week extension to the state of emergency with the current new deadline being April 26th

An interesting visual from Bloomberg showing the advance of the coronavirus across the globe, from patient one up one million


Danny Rose has hit back at UK MPs suggesting that footballers should agree to a collective pay cut agreement, stating that plans are already underfoot behind the scenes for a gesture from Premier League stars. 

Cheltenhem organisers defend decision to go ahead with horseracing festival last month

Organisers of the Cheltenham horseracing festival in UK, which attracted more than 250,000 people last month, have defended their decision to go ahead with the event depsite the then impending threat of the coronavirus, citing they followed government guidelines. 

A spokesman for Cheltenham Racecourse said: “The festival concluded three weeks ago and went ahead under the government’s ongoing guidance throughout, like other popular sports events at Twickenham, Murrayfield, 10 Premier League matches and the Uefa Champions League at Anfield that same week.”

Xavi donates 1 million euro

The former Barcelona player and current Al-Saad (Qatar) coach and partner Nuria Cunillera have confirmed that the couple have donated a million euro to Barcelona hospital Clinic in the ongoing fight against the Covid-19 virus.

Salient advice from 'The Reds'


FC Barcelona players may be asked to take a further pay cut

The already agreed 70% wagecut during the current state of alarm provoked by the Covid-19 pandemic may not be enough as the board of directors look for additional solutions. Full story here.

Breaking: Spain confirms death rate for Saturday

The Spanish Ministry of Health confirmed that 809 people lost their lives due to the Covid-19 virus in the past 24 hours. This figure represents the lowest daily tally for a week.

India to 'show coronavirus the power of light'

In his address to the nation on Friday, PM Narendra Modi urges India to 'show coronavirus' the power of light, asking the nation to turn off lights at 9pm (local time) on 5 April and use candles and torches for 9 minutes.

FC Barcelona vice-president tests positive for coronavirus

Reports emerging from Spain that Barcelona's vice president, Jordi Cardoner, has tested positive for COVID-19. 

India statistics at a glance

The confirmed Covid-19 related death rate in India has risen to 86. Latest figures here:

Pink tests positive

The American singer confirmed via her Instagram account that she had tested positive and now recovered from COVID-19 and promised to make a donation of one million dollars in the battle against the virus.


Spain to extend lockdown until April 26

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is set to announce the extension of the lockdown period in Spain until April 26, a further 15 days, following meetings with experts. Spain has been on lockdown since March 14 and this will be the second extension to be announced since the orignal deadline was set for March 29. The country has so far reported 119,199 COVID-19 cases and 11,198 related deaths. 30,513 people have recovered from the disease. (Photo: Reuters)

Nigeria, Covid-19 update:

A snapshot of the latest coronavirus situation in the West African nation

The Asturian Olympian was anxious to offer his services to tackle the Covid-19 virus and re-joined the local police force in Gijon given the cancellation of the Tokyo Olympics.

Anti-parasite drug ivermectin shown to be effective against coronavirus


Anti-parasite drug ivermectin shown to be effective against coronavirus

One of our top stories in case you missed it: Australian scientists have published a paper showing the anti-parasitic drug can reduce the viral load up to 5,000 times in a cell culture infected with the Covid-19 virus.

Football news: Germany "going to finish the season"

Bayern Munich CEO, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, has said that all clubs in Germany have uninamously agreed that they will finish the season, "even if it has to be after June 30 for political or health reasons." 

World Bank warns of "major" worldwide recession

World Bank Group president David Malpass has warned that the world will face "a “major global recession” where the poorest and most vulnerable countries would be hardest hit. His warning comes as the WBG announced it would depoly $160bn over the next 15 months to help countries deal with the crisis.

China holds three-minute silence

Earlier today, China held a three-minute silence to honour the more than 3,000 victims of the coronavirus crisis. Cars, trains and ships then sounded their horns, while in Wuhan, where the outbreak began, all traffic lights in urban areas were turned red. China has reported a total of 82,526 confirmed cases and 3,330 deaths. 76,934 people have recovered as the country looks to be over the worst of its crisis. 

India must prepare for an "onslaught", say doctors

CNN reports that top Indian doctors have warned that the country must prepare to face an “onslaught” of coronavirus cases after Dhavari, one of the world’s biggest slums located in Mumbai, confirmed its first COVID-19 death.

We start our coverage as cases hit 1,100,283 cases worldwide

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of coronavirus pandemic. We'll be bringing you figures, news, comments, sports and more over the course of the day. To start, here is a recap of the figures:

Country: Total cases/Deaths

Worldwide: 1,100,283/58,929

US: 277,965/7,157

Italy: 119,827/14,861

Spain: 199,199/11,198

Germany: 91,159/1,275

China: 82,526/3,330

France: 65,202/6,520

Iran: 53,183/3,294

UK: 38,690/3,611

India: 3,082/86

Nigeria: 210/4